Staff Type Change

Updated 4 months ago

    You can change the appearance of a staff mid-score, by adding a Staff Type Change element to a measure, and adjust various of the Staff properties using the Inspector.

    Add a Staff Type Change

    • Open the palette panel from ViewPalettes
    • Open the Text palette
    • Add a Staff Type Change symbol Staff type change symbol to a measure
    • Select the symbol, and adjust any of the properties in the Inspector

    Staff Type Change properties

    When you change a property of the Staff Type Change the new value will take precedence over the global Staff properties. Changes to global properties that can be modified by a Staff Type Change, will only be valid from the start of the score until the first Staff Type change, while gobal properties, that can not be change in Staff Change Properties will be valid throughout the score.

    The properties that cn be changed in a Staff Type Change are:

    Offset Y
    How far the changed staff shall be moved up or down measured in spaces (abbr.: sp) .

    Whether or not the staff shall be a reduced-size staff.

    Changes the size of the staff and all associated elements, as a percentage.

    The number of lines making up the staff.

    Line distance
    The distance between two staff lines, measured in spaces (abbr.: sp).

    Step offset
    How much the notes in the staff is offset vertically relative to the staff lines.

    Show barlines
    Whether the staff barlines will be shown.

    Show ledger lines
    Whether ledger lines will be shown for notes above/below the staff lines.

    Slash style
    Whether the notes shall be shown in standard or slash style.

    Notehead scheme
    Allows selection of how noteheads are displayed.

    Generate clefs
    Whether the staff clef will be shown.

    Generate time signatures
    Whether the staff time signature(s) will be shown or not.

    Generate key signatures
    Whether the staff key signatures will be shown or not.


    To illustrate the use of Staff Type Change the staff shown be low wa created by doing these steps:

    • Add a Staff Type Change to measure no. 2.
    • Set size to "Small".
    • Set "Lines" to 4.
    • Add a secong Staff Type Change to measure no. 3.
    • Change "Lines" to 7,

      Staff Type Change example

    Afwards the global Staff Properties are changed using Staff properties;

    • Set "Lines" to 2.
    • Change "Staff Line Color".

      Staff Properties change, example

    As can be seen the change in "Lines" only take effect until the first Staff Type Change, whereas the change to "Staff Line Color" takes effect throughout the score.

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