Tip: Start a new project from scratch using only the keyboard


  1. Type Ctrl/Cmd+N to start a new project.
  2. Add a new solo player by typing Shift+P.
  3. Type to filter the results and press Return to add an instrument.
  4. Switch to Write mode by typing Ctrl/Cmd+2.
  5. Type the right arrow key to select the top stave.
  6. Type Shift+K to add a key signature (use upper case letter for major keys and lower case letters for minor keys).
  7. Type Shift+M to add a meter or time signature (type your desired time signature in the format ‘numerator’ / ‘denominator’).
  8. Type Shift+N to start note input (use letters A-G for pitches, and numbers 1-9 for the durations). Use ‘.’ for dotted notes.
  9. There are dozens of key commands to help you, and you can create your own in preferences.

Tip: Start a new project from scratch using only the mouse


  1. Click the New Empty Project button.
  2. Click to Add Solo Player, and browse to find an instrument.
  3. Switch to Write mode to start creating music.
  4. Use the Notations panels on the right-hand side of the Dorico window to add a key signature and time signature.
  5. Use the Bars and Barlines panel to insert some additional bars to write music into.
  6. Using the Notes panel on the left, select note durations and click them into the score at the desired pitches.

Tip: Use the Project Info dialog to set a title and composer


  1. In Dorico, tokens are used to display the same information throughout your layouts.
  2. Open the Project Info dialog and set a title, composer, and any other information you want to use consistently throughout your projects.
  3. You can set flow-specific information by selecting the relevant flow in the dialog sidebar.

Tip: Omit players from flows they do not play in


  1. In Dorico, it is easy to control which players appear in which flows.
  2. In Setup mode select a flow, then uncheck any players that do not feature in that flow.
  3. If you need to remove several players from a flow, it can be easier to select all of the players (use Shift or Ctrl/Cmd to make a multiple selection) and then uncheck the flow for all of them at once.