Comments allow you to add notes or instructions at precise positions in your project without affecting the music. They are considered annotations in Dorico Pro, meaning they are not printed by default.

Comments exist outside of the music, so they do not affect note spacing, vertical spacing, or casting off. However, you can attach them to specific items and staves in order to show the precise subject of each comment.

Figure 1. A passage with comments and replies

By default, comments are shown in the music area. They appear as speech bubble symbols as close as possible to their attached position. Comments that are replies are stacked vertically below the original comment.

All comments in the current layout are listed in the Comments panel in Write mode. Clicking a comment, either in the Comments panel or in the music area, automatically moves the view to bring that rhythmic position into focus.

In addition to its content, each comment identifies the following by default:

  • Author of the comment, using either the current user account name or a custom name

    On macOS, the user account name uses the long account name; on Windows, it uses the full name associated with the account. If Dorico Pro cannot determine your account name, a dialog appears into which you can add the name and initials you want to use for comments. You can also change these in Preferences.

  • Date the comment was added

  • Instrument to which the comment applies

  • Bars to which the comment applies


In the music area, only the initials of the author are shown.

You can hide/show comments in the music, and hide/show comment information in the Comments panel. You can also choose to include comments, alongside other view options, when printing/exporting layouts.

Video tutorial about comments (English)