Tip: Create multiple items with the mouse


  1. By default, when you have created an item using the mouse, the pointer is cleared so you can continue with your work.
  2. Sometimes it can be useful to be able to create multiple items of the same type immediately after one and other without having to click the item in the music palette each time.
  3. There is a preference that allows you to do this in Dorico, found on the Note Input and Editing page. Check the option to ‘Allow multiple items to be created with the mouse’ to enable it.
  4. Now when you click to create an item in the music, your mouse pointer is reloaded with another item of the same type, so you can click to add that item at multiple locations across your score.
  5. This is available with many different types of music item, from dynamics to ornaments, playing techniques to barlines, and so on.

Tip: Format bar numbers for orchestral scores


  1. Start by modifying the Paragraph Style for bar numbers. Check you are using the style for the score, and not for the parts.
  2. Then use Layout Options to position the bar numbers in the score layout.
  3. You can choose the frequency of bar numbers, whether to show them in the centre of the bar, and you can also display them in an enclosure, such as a circle or rectangle.
  4. You can choose to display bar numbers at the top and/or bottom of the system, but also above any instrument.

Tip: Paste copied music into a new voice


  1. It’s easy to paste music into either an existing voice or a new voice.
  2. Copy the music in the usual way.
  3. Select a note, rest or other music item at the rhythmic position you would like the pasted music to start.
  4. Right-click and choose Paste Special, Paste Into Voice, and then either choose and existing voice, or a new voice.
  5. When choosing a new voice, you can specify whether the voice being created for the music will be nominally up-stem or down-stem. You can also choose to paste the music into a new slashed voice.

Tip: Copy staff spacing


  1. Dorico automatically spaces your music using Layout Options to prevent items colliding, and to make your music look good.
  2. Sometimes, you may wish to match staff spacing across multiple pages to create a more pleasing and balanced layout.
  3. Use the Staff Spacing tool in Engrave mode to manually space staves and systems for one page.
  4. Choose Engrave, Staff Spacing, Copy Staff Spacing…
  5. Set the page you have modified, and the pages you wish to be spaced in the same way.