Allowing/Disallowing hairpins across barlines

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You can allow/disallow hairpins across barlines when they end on the first note in the next bar; for example, so all hairpins appear the same length across multiple staves that do not all have barline joins. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

  • You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. Select the hairpins you want to allow/disallow across barlines. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Barline interaction in the Dynamics group.
  3. Choose one of the following options:
    • Stop before

    • Continue


The selected hairpins are allowed across barlines when you choose Continue, and disallowed when you choose Stop before. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

Deactivating the property returns the selected hairpins to your project-wide setting.


You can allow/disallow all hairpins project-wide to cross barlines in Engraving Options > Dynamics > Gradual Dynamics > Hairpins > Advanced Options. You can also change the minimum distance before hairpins are allowed to extend beyond barlines in the Horizontal Position section.