Changing the default staff size

You can change the default size of staves in each layout independently. For example, you can have a small staff size in full score layouts but a larger staff size in part layouts.


If the size of system object font styles is set to Staff-relative, the staff size of the top staff in each instrument family group affects the size of system objects if they are shown above that bracketed group. Font styles that are set to Absolute are unaffected by staff size.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts whose staff size you want to change.

    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 Page Setup.
  4. In the Space Size section, select the staff size you want from the Rastral size menu.

    If you select Custom, you can set a custom value in the Space size field, expressed in your preferred unit of measurement.

    You can also set a Custom value by changing the value when any Rastral size is selected.

  5. Optional: Repeat steps 2 to 4 for other layouts.
  6. Click Apply, then Close.


The staff size is changed throughout the selected layouts.


You can also change the staff size from selected rhythmic positions onwards in layouts, and change the size of individual staves.