Changing the staff-relative placement of individual lyrics

You can show individual lyrics either above or below the staff, independently of the staff-relative placement of their lyric line. For example, to clarify the lyrics for each part when two voices on the same staff have different rhythms.


  • 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 lyrics whose staff-relative placement you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, choose one of the following options for Line placement in the Lyrics group:
    • Above

    • Below


The staff-relative placement of the selected lyrics is changed.


If other lyric lines with the same lyric line number already exist at the same position on the same side of the staff, the two lines collide. To avoid this, you can change the lyric line number of one of the lyric lines, for example.