Changing the size of staves for individual players

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You can change the size of all staves belonging to individual players in each flow, independently of other players’ staves and your layout settings. For example, piano accompaniment parts often include the solo line of the instrument the piano is accompanying on a smaller staff.

You can change the size of staves to a set scale size, expressed as a percentage of the normal staff size in the layout, or set a custom scale.


If you want to change the staff size to represent an alternative version of a passage, you can instead add an ossia staff, which you can show for specific regions.


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


  1. Select an item on the staff whose size you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.

    You can only change the size of a single staff at a time.

  2. Choose Edit > Notations > Staff Size > [Staff size]. You can also choose this option from the context menu.
  3. Optional: If you chose Custom Staff Size, set the staff size in the Custom Staff Size dialog that opens.


The size of the selected staff is changed in the current flow. This also works in combination with the other ways of changing the staff size, such as changing the size of all staves in the layout or changing the size of staves from specific system/frame breaks.

  • Changing the size of individual staves affects all staves belonging to the same player and for the whole flow.

  • If the size of system object font styles is set to Staff-relative, the staff size of the top staff in each instrument family group affects the size of system objects if they are shown above that bracketed group. Font styles that are set to Absolute are unaffected by staff size.


A piano part with smaller staff above