Ottava line, problem with the vertical alignment of the numeral

• May 12, 2020 - 11:16

I noticed that the numerals in ottava lines is by default aligned centred to the reference point instead of the top edge (see picture). I couldn't find a way to correct this in the style options. Is there a way to change the default alignment without individually change the ottava lines from the inspector?

I'm using macOS 10.14, Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit):, revision: 148e43f



Get the placement how you like it. Then use the S button to the right of the placement controls in the inspector to set that as a style. If you don't see the S button, try dragging the inspector to make it wider. That will set the style for that score. If you want to use that style elsewhere (possibly with other preferred settings in addition to the changed ottava setting), save the style from the style menu and load it again when you want to use it. Or if you want it as the default for all new scores you can specify that saved style file in the Scores section of the preferences ([Edit]=>[Preferences]=>[Score])

In reply to by graphos

The S button can get hidden if the inspector is not expanded enough. It sometimes escapes me sometimes as well.

Although I can't imagine it would be a frequently used facility for ottavas, I can see no reason why it should not be possible save the offsets of the begin/continue/end texts of lines in general as a style item. There may be useful applications for other line types. I should add that I am not a developer and someone else with much better understanding of what goes on under the hood may see a reason why saving as a style causes difficulties elsewhere (with backward compatibility for example). Even so, it is worthwhile your adding it as a suggestion in the issue tracker. Something similar has been discussed in #298210: Lines: style setting changes are associated with Begin text only but I don't see the exact issue you are describing.

In reply to by SteveBlower

Thanks, I'll add it as a suggestion in the issue tracker.
It'd be also interesting to check if there's a standard alignment: Lilypond's output is similar to Musescore, as well as a Durand (for example in Debussy's Ibéria score). I think though that Behind Bar's recommendation is to align the dash with the top of the numeral (I don't have the book with me at the moment). Schott Edition (in Ligeti's Piano Concerto) uses my second (and preferred) version, with the line slightly lower than the top of the numeral and the less dense dashed line. Musescore's default felt somehow not right, that's why I checked for some references. It'd be great though to be able to save all those different versions as a style.

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