Score layout overview

Once you’ve added notes and symbols to your score, and edited individual staffs, the next step is to refine the overall score layout. This process typically involves repositioning staffs, as well as adjusting the number of bars per line, setting page margins, and changing other Score project settings.

When editing the score layout, it’s recommended that you work in Page view, which displays as many facing score pages as possible, depending on the size of the Score Editor window and current zoom level.

You can choose different page display options that are useful for various printing or layout tasks in Page view. The page display options include:

  • Print View: Shows the score as it will be printed. Print view can only be turned on when Page view is active.

  • Show Margins: Displays page margins onscreen. These are not printed.

  • Show Pages in Pairs: Shows facing pages of the score. This setting depends on the zoom settings and Scale region parameter.

  • Show Page Rulers: Displays horizontal and vertical rulers that makes precise layout tasks easier.

Switch to Page view

  • Do one of the following:

    • Choose View > Page View from the Score Editor menu bar.

    • Click the Page View button in the Score Editor menu bar.

Change page display options

  • Choose View > Page Display Options from the Score Editor menu bar, then choose display options.

    To choose page display options, you must be in Page view.

Jump to a specific page of the score

  1. In Page view, choose View > Go to Page from the Score Editor menu bar.

  2. Enter the page number, then click OK.

    The playhead is automatically set to the beginning of the selected page, unless the sequencer is running when you click OK. In this situation, Catch mode is turned off.

You should use Linear Score view for editing, as screen redraws are much faster, especially on slower computers.