Showing instrument/player names in staff labels

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You can change whether staff labels show instrument or player names for each player in each layout independently, and on either all systems or only the first system in each flow. For example, you can show the player names for percussionists in full score layouts and instrument names in percussion part layouts.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to change the contents of staff labels.

    By default, the layout currently open in the music area is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other layouts by using the selection options in the action bar, clicking and dragging across multiple layouts, Shift-clicking adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual layouts.

  3. In the category list, click Staves and Systems.
  4. In the Staff Labels section, in the Show player name instead of instrument names list, activate the checkbox for each player whose player name you want to show in staff labels.
  5. Choose one of the following options for Show player names:
    • On all systems

    • On first system only

  6. Click Apply, then Close.


Player names are shown for players when their checkbox is activated. Instrument names are shown for players when their checkbox is deactivated.

Full and short player names are used according to your staff label settings.

If you chose On first system only, activated player names are only shown on the first system in each flow, with instrument names shown on all other systems.

After Completing This Task

You can change the full and short names for each instrument and player.