Including/Excluding condensing groups

You can specify individual condensing groups that you want to include in or exclude from condensing calculations; for example, if Dorico Pro automatically puts two horns in a condensing group but you always want to show them on separate staves.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to include condensing groups in, or exclude them from, condensing calculations.

    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 Players.
  4. In the Condensing section, activate the checkbox for each condensing group you want to exclude from condensing in the Groups to exclude from condensing list.
  5. Click Apply, then Close.


Condensing groups are excluded from condensing when their checkbox is activated, meaning players in those condensing groups are always shown on their own staves. Condensing groups are included in condensing when their checkbox is deactivated.