Inputting tempo marks with the panel

You can input tempo marks using the Tempo panel, both during note input and by adding them to existing music.

  • These steps describe inputting with the default mouse input preference Create item at selection.

  • You cannot specify decimal places for metronome marks using the panel. You can specify decimal places using the popover or by changing the metronome mark value of existing tempo marks.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select an item at the rhythmic position where you want to input a tempo mark. If you want to input a gradual tempo change across a duration, select items that span that duration.

  2. In the Notations toolbox, click Panels , then Tempo to show the Tempo panel.
  3. In the Tempo panel, click the tempo mark you want.

    If you want Dorico Pro to calculate the metronome mark for you, you can click Tap in the Tap Tempo section multiple times at the required speed.

  4. Optional: Select a modifier from the available options.

    You can only add modifiers to a Gradual Tempo Change or a Relative Tempo Change.


During note input, tempo marks are input at the caret position. Gradual tempo changes, such as rallentando, are also input at the caret position with a default duration of a quarter note. Gradual tempo changes do not extend as you input notes.

When adding tempo marks to existing music, they are added at the rhythmic position of the earliest selected item. Gradual tempo changes span the duration of the selected items.

After Completing This Task

You can lengthen/shorten gradual tempo changes.