Locking layouts

You can lock the current casting off throughout individual layouts.


  • The left zone is shown.

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


  1. In Engrave mode, open the layout whose casting off you want to lock.
  2. In the Formatting panel, click Lock Layout in the Lock Layout section.


System and frame breaks are inserted at the start of every system as required to lock the current casting off in the layout open in the music area.

  • The system and frame breaks have Wait for next system break and Wait for next frame break activated in the Format group of the Properties panel by default. Because this property tells Dorico Pro to include all music in the system until the next system break, frame break, or the end of the flow, if you later delete subsequent system or frame breaks, this can create very full, tightly spaced systems.

  • You can assign a key command for Lock Layout on the Key Commands page in Preferences.