Tip: Show page numbers on pages with new flows


  1. This week’s #TipsTuesday explains how to show page numbers on every page in your Dorico layout, even those that start new flows.
  2. While publishers often choose to omit page numbers at the start of new movements, they can be useful – for example in songbooks and anthologies.
  3. The setting can be found in Layout Options, in the Flows section of the Page Setup category.
  4. Set Page number in header to Show above flow heading.

Tip: Create instrumental cues in orchestral music


  1. Click the Cues button in the Notations toolbox.
  2. Click Update to generate a list of potential cues.
  3. Click a Cue Suggestion to jump to that point in the music.
  4. Select the range for the cue and click Create Cue, specifying the instrument.
  5. Switch to the instrumental part to see the cue.
  6. Drag the handles to change the start and end position of the cue.
  7. Cues can be displayed using a transpose clef or octave shift, in order to make them easier to read.
  8. Cues are dynamic, and update when the source is modified.

Tip: Create a study score layout


  1. In Setup mode, use the button at the bottom of the Layouts panel to add a new full score layout.
  2. Rename the layout to distinguish it from your existing full score.
  3. Open Layout Options, ensuring you are looking at the settings for the correct layout that you have just created.
  4. On the Page Setup page, select an appropriate page size for your pocket edition; reduce the space size so that the music fits comfortably. You may need to try a few different settings to find the best combination.
  5. The page and music frame margins can be reduced to remove some of the white space around the edge of the page.
  6. Enable condensing on the Players page, and include section players where relevant.
  7. On the Vertical Spacing page, the Staff Visibility section contains the option to hide empty staves, though it is generally a good idea to show all staves on the first page, so the reader can see the full instrumentation for the piece.
  8. Once your new option settings have been applied, you can view your new layout by selecting it using the popup menu control at the top of the main Dorico window.

Tip: Create advanced time signatures with the popover


  1. Additive time signatures show how bars are subdivided into beat groups. You can show beat group numerators for any type of time signature. For example, instead of 7/8, you could show an additive time signature of 2+3+2/8.
  2. An alternating time signature indicates a regular pattern that switches every bar between two or more time signatures, in the indicated order. For example, for a phrase with twelve eighth notes that needs to be emphasized 3+3+2+2+2, an alternating time signature of 6/8+3/4 might allow the two meters to be read more clearly.
  3. An aggregate time signature shows two or more meters within the same bar, such as 2/4+3/8+5/4. Dorico Pro automatically shows dashed barlines to indicate the divisions between the different meters, but you can also specify that you do not want to show dashed barlines when you input aggregate time signatures with the popover.
  4. An interchangeable time signature indicates a set of time signatures at the start of the piece that can be used during the piece, such as 3/4–2/4. Unlike alternating time signatures, interchangeable time signatures do not require a fixed pattern; any bar in the piece can follow any of the time signatures in the set without having to restate the time signature. You must manually input the appropriate time signatures where you want them, as unlike alternating time signatures, there is no fixed pattern for them. Any time signatures you input that are specified in the interchangeable time signature are hidden automatically.