Changing the positions of system objects

You can show system objects above different instrument families in each layout independently. Multiple items are categorized as system objects, including system-attached text, rehearsal marks, tempo marks, repeat markers, and repeat endings.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to change the instrument families above which system objects appear.

    By default, the layout currently open in the music area is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other layouts by using the selection options in the action bar, clicking and dragging across multiple layouts, Shift-clicking adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual layouts.

  3. In the category list, click Staves and Systems.
  4. In the System Objects section, activate the checkboxes for the instrument families above which you want system objects to appear.
  5. Activate/Deactivate Show system objects above first soloist.
  6. Activate/Deactivate the following options for Also show below bottom staff:
    • Repeat endings

    • Rehearsal marks

  7. Click Apply, then Close.


System objects appear above the top staff in each bracketed group you select, provided a bracketed group for that instrument family is included in the selected layouts.

If you activated options for Also show below bottom staff, the corresponding notations additionally appear below the bottom staff.


System objects are only shown above instrument families that are bracketed or braced together. You can change bracket grouping in each layout independently. You can also bracket or brace specific staves together using custom bracket/brace grouping.