Changing the placement of horizontal lines

You can show individual horizontal lines above, below, or inside the staff. By default, horizontal lines are placed above the staff.


These steps only apply to barline-/rhythmic position-attached horizontal lines.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.


  1. Select the horizontal lines whose placement you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Placement in the Horizontal Lines group.
  3. Select one of the following options from the menu:
    • Above

    • Below

    • Inside staff


The placement of the selected horizontal lines is changed. Horizontal lines inside the staff are centered on the middle staff line by default.


You can also cycle through the different placement options for selected horizontal lines by pressing F.

After Completing This Task

  • You can change the staff position of lines shown inside the staff.

  • You can erase the background of text on lines shown inside the staff.