Tip: Show which chords are used in a flow as guitar chord diagrams


  1. In this week’s tip, see how you can show all the guitar chord diagrams required to play a song with one setting in Dorico 3.5.
  2. Input chord symbols as necessary in the music.
  3. Open Layout Options, using Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+L. On the new Chord Symbols and Diagrams page, there is an option to Show chord diagrams used at start of flow.
  4. Displayed at the top of the music, there are several options to make them look exactly as you need them to, quickly and easily.

Tip: Save any part of a page as a graphic


  1. Dorico 3.5 adds the ability to export any portion of your music as a graphics file. Known as Graphic Slices, you can draw out slices on any page in your layouts using the new tool found in Engrave mode.
  2. You can create as many slices as you need, on any page. The names you give your slices will be used as the filenames when you export the graphics.
  3. Use the handles on the slice to resize and reposition. You can also fine-tune using the Properties panel.
  4. Set options such as the graphic format, resolution and color settings. Choose where to save the graphics. When ready, press the Export button at the bottom of the panel to create the graphic files. You can either export all slices at once, or make a selection in the table and export only those.
  5. The graphic slices are saved in the project, meaning you reuse them at any point in the future.

Tip: Re-use a Master Page Set in other projects


  1. In Engrave mode, add a Master Page Set and give it a name.
  2. Make your new Master Page Set the Current set and double-click the page pairs to edit them. Create new page pairs if necessary.
  3. Create you layouts in the Master Page Editor for each page pair.
  4. You can also choose to style the Flow Heading.
  5. Export your new Master Page Set, then import it into any other Dorico project.

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