Properties are settings that apply to individual notes and items and allow you to edit them, such as by changing their appearance or position. You can access properties in the Properties panel.

Properties can affect items only in the current layout and frame chain, known as “local properties”, or in all layouts and frame chains, known as “global properties”.

Most properties also have equivalent default settings available that control the appearance or position of all instances of the corresponding type of note or notation. You can access the available default settings in Engraving Options and Notation Options.