Copying part formatting to other layouts

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You can copy all the formatting from one part layout to other part layouts, for example, to save time if multiple part layouts in your project require similar formatting. You can include layout options, such as page size and margins, and other page formatting, such as system and frame breaks.

  • Part formatting propagation is only available for part layouts. You cannot propagate part formatting from/to full score or custom score layouts.

  • We do not recommend using layouts with multiple music frame chains as either source or destination layouts as you can get unexpected results.


  1. In the Layouts panel in Setup mode, select the part layout whose part formatting you want to copy.
  2. In the action bar, click Layout Settings Layout Settings button and choose Propagate Part Formatting to open the Propagate Part Formatting dialog.
  3. In the Copy formatting from list, select the part layout whose part formatting you want to copy.

    By default, the layout whose card you used to open the dialog is selected.

  4. In the Propagate formatting to list, select the part layouts to which you want to copy part formatting.

    You can use the selection options in the action bar or click and drag across multiple layouts.

  5. Activate/Deactivate Include layout options.
  6. Activate/Deactivate Include system formatting.
  7. Click OK to copy part formatting to the selected layouts and close the dialog.


Part formatting from the selected source layout is copied to the selected destination layouts.

  • If you activated Include layout options, layout options are copied from the source layout to the destination layouts.

  • If you activated Include system formatting, Dorico for iPad copies the distribution of bars in systems, systems on pages, and note spacing changes from the source layout to the destination layouts.


If the formatting of the source layout relies primarily on its Casting Off settings in Layout Options, it is likely that only activating Include layout options is sufficient to produce very similar formatting in the destination layouts without adding system/frame breaks on every system.