Hiding/Showing staff labels at system/frame breaks

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You can change whether staff labels at individual system/frame breaks show full, abbreviated, or no instrument names, independently of your per-layout settings. For example, if you want full staff labels at the start of the first flow but abbreviated staff labels at the start of subsequent flows, or if you want to show staff labels in choral music only on systems that contain more complicated parts, solo lines, or divisi lines.


  • You have inserted system/frame breaks at the positions from which you want to change the length of instrument names in staff labels.

  • Signposts are shown for system/frame breaks.

  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.


  1. In Engrave mode, select the system/frame break signposts at the positions where you want to hide/show staff labels.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Staff labels in the Format group.
  3. Select one of the following options from the menu:
    • Full

    • Abbreviated

    • None


Staff labels are hidden/shown on the corresponding systems to the selected system/frame breaks. Horizontal spacing is automatically adjusted so the system fills the width of the music frame.

  • None hides staff labels.

  • Full and Abbreviated show staff labels using the corresponding instrument name length.

Deactivating the property returns any selected system break signposts to your per-layout settings.


Full staff labels shown
No staff labels shown