Erasing the background of text items

You can erase the background of individual text items; for example, to ensure the text remains legible when crossing barlines. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

  • You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. In Engrave mode, select the text items whose backgrounds you want to erase.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Erase background in the Text group.


The backgrounds of the selected text items are erased. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

  • You can show borders on text items in addition to erasing their backgrounds.

  • Deactivating Erase background returns the selected text items to the default non-erased background.


Figure 1. Text with non-erased background
Figure 2. Text with erased background

After Completing This Task

You can change the padding between text items and each edge of their erased areas.