"Erase background" incomplete for text

Any ideas what to do here? I can deal with the bar rests (though I wish they would be erased), but the key signature… make it independent C major through the entire flow? Is there an easier way?

EDIT: darn it, time sigs too. I can’t get rid of these entirely, because the Narrator’s part will have extensive cues in every bar to assist him.

Setting the background color as white almost works…

Any suggestions?

Edit: I did end up making an independent key signature, which worked easily enough. The time signature was problematic. I ended up having to use manual note spacing to force the time signature behind the text block.

I’d suggest that a full-fledged “Erase background” would be a better option for text blocks down the road.


But can’t time signatures be hidden via the properties panel — you might need to make it independent too? I understand it’s a lot of additional steps to make what you want to do. But why hide the staff? That’s the thing I don’t understand.

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Ahhh… why didn’t I think about simply hiding the time signature? Thanks Marc.

The client wants it to look like this in the score. So… it shall be done.

Edit… of course “Hide time signature” works perfectly… excellent.

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You can expand the “erased” background by adding extra spaces at the end of each line. It appears that only the text background is erased, not the background of the enclosed text box.

I, too, wish the entire box could be opaque, as well as have the option to match the background color of the part or score if they are different.


Will the narrator be following along in the score? Or have their own part? Depending on how you are setting it up, a 0-line staff could work well too. Below I just used an invisible clef and an independent open time signature.

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The narrator part layout has cues filling every bar, so I need it to be a standard 5-line staff.

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Love your Latin!


LOL, Dan was the one who showed me the Bacon Ipsum site a while ago:


Any solution for clefs in this regard? They keep popping up in between the lines (the left orange circle). I am joining Dan in a wish to have a full erase background function here…

Related to this, in TAB notation (for Dulcimer) Dorico does not recognize some fret positions. Where that is the case I can add a plus sign to the 6 with a text box. But where Dorico does not recognize a fingering/fret, it adds a red question mark.

This is great for proofing, but I cannot overwrite the question mark manually with SHIFT+X text because erase background on the text field will not overwrite TAB items.

When the Development Team next visits this area, could you please configure SHIFT+X text to be able to erase the background in these situations?