Changing the allocated string for notes on tablature

You can change the string to which individual notes are allocated on tablature manually; for example, if you input the notes on the notation staff and want to change their default string allocation.


You cannot allocate notes to a string on which they are impossible, such as if the note is lower than the open pitch of the string.


  • 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. On tablature, select the fret numbers of notes whose allocated string you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.

    You must select fret numbers on tablature, you cannot select the notes on notation staves.

  2. Change their allocated string in any of the following ways:
    • To move them up a string, press N.

    • To move them down a string, press M.

    • In the Properties panel, select a string from the String menu in the Notes and Rests group.


The string to which the selected notes are allocated is changed. Using the key commands changes the string of the selected notes proportionally, whereas selecting a string from the String menu allocates all selected notes to the selected string.

  • If they are now allocated to the same string as another note at that rhythmic position, both notes appear beside each other and are colored green.

  • Deactivating the property resets the selected notes to their default string.


Figure 1. Notes allocated to the same string
Figure 2. After changing the strings for some notes to reduce the distance between frets