Deleting empty pages

I am just finishing a short choral piece. It originally took up five pages but now, after some tweaking, it only occupies four. This has left me with a blank fifth page and I cannot see how to delete it. Can anyone enlighten me, please?

Engrave mode…



Thank you, Alain. This didn’t work for me at first, but I think there must have been something invisible on the page because once I had tidied things up somewhat the page was deleted.

However, I note that the icon is not the expected ‘dustbin’ and that it is labelled “Remove Overrides”, so I suspect that this is not a simple erase button. Perhaps the documentation will eventually reveal all.

You should find that the Pages section of the right-hand panel in Engrave mode shows you that the fifth page has an override of some kind by virtue of the fact that it shows a red triangle in one corner. An overridden page won’t be deleted automatically by Dorico: you have to select it and click Remove Overrides, which in the case of an otherwise empty page (because it’s beyond the end of the music) will delete it.

I had a similar problem, and quitting Dorico and relaunching solved the problem… I thought it could be a small bug.

I am trying to delete two pages in the middle of a score that have no overrides, but still I can’t find a way to delete them. Dorico doesn’t delete them either.

If you attach the troublesome project here (zip it up first) and let me know which layout(s) you’re trying to delete pages from, I’ll be happy to take a look. If you’re trying to delete pages that have no overrides, then presumably they simply have music on them, in which case the way to delete those pages is to delete the music that is currently shown on those pages.

Thanks, Daniel. I was able to get the pages deleted by Dorico. I am still learning the software, only worked with it for the last 2 days and it was a little confusing for me, but I believe I am getting the hang of it now. It’s actually very straight forward now I understand it.

How do I do the same, but in Elements?

In Elements, unfortunately if you’ve ended up with page overrides, your only option is to create a new layout in the Layouts panal in Setup mode and use that. You can’t clear page overrides in Elements except by deleting the layout altogether. (I don’t think this is ideal, by the way, and I’ve been thinking a lot recently about trying to make some of the limitations in Elements a bit more nuanced so that these kinds of obstacles are easier to overcome.)