Changing instrument names

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By default, instrument names are used in staff labels and instrument change labels shown above the staff. You can change the different instrument names used for each instrument.

  • If you want to change instrument names because you want them to appear in a different language, you can instead change the default language for all instrument names.

  • You can change various aspects of how instrument names appear in staff labels without changing instrument names, such as whether instrument transpositions are shown before or after instrument names.

  • Changing instrument names does not automatically update player and layout names if you have already renamed them.


  1. In Setup mode, in the Players panel, click the disclosure arrow in the card of the player holding the instrument whose names you want to change.

    This expands the card to show the instruments held by the player.

  2. In the instrument label, click the instrument menu and choose Edit Names to open the Edit Instrument Names dialog.
  3. Enter new names in any of the name fields.
  4. Choose one of the following options for Show transposition:
    • Always

    • Follow Layout Options

    • Never

  5. Optional: Activate Save as default for instrument.
  6. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog.


The instrument names for the selected instrument are changed. If you have not already renamed the corresponding player, its player name is updated.

  • If you did not save your changes as default, only the names of the selected instrument are changed. Any instruments of the same type added later or in future projects use the original default names.

  • If you saved your changes as default, any instruments of the same type added later or in future projects use your new instrument names. This does not affect any existing instruments of that type unless you reset their names.


You can also change instrument names in the Edit Instruments dialog, including for custom instruments and instruments not in the current project.