Automatic placement (AP) ensures that elements are correctly spaced and do not collide or overlap with each other. When you create an element, AP is automatically enabled, but can be turned off if required (see Disable automatic placement).
A newly created element, such as staff text or fingering, automatically assumes the default properties for that class—specified in the Style menu. These properties not only specify the appearance of the element, but also its default position.
The positional properties you can set vary by element type but may include:
For details of the settings available for each element type, see Layout and formatting: Style.
To change the default position:
Use one of the following methods:
After an element had been automatically placed, its position can be changed manually using one of the following methods:
If the element type can be placed both above and below the staff, you can change the position by:
Note: When automatic placement is enabled for an element, you cannot position it in a way that causes a collision with other elements.
The element reverts to its default position. It can be repositioned as desired and is no longer avoided when placing other elements.
To change the value for Stacking order:
In cases where elements are allowed to overlap, Stacking order controls the order in which they are placed on top of each other. The element with the lower value will be placed behind.