Hidden rests and very narrow bars

I have a long glissando starting in one bar and extending through the next to end in the third. Since the middle measure is nothing but the extension of the gliss, I hid the bar rests to match the style of Gould. It looks perfect in the score, but then in the part layout, the middle bar gets squeezed really narrow, presumably because Dorico sees it as truly blank, without even a rest as a placeholder. Is there anything I can do to keep this from happening? I know I can manually adjust the horizontal width of the bar in Engrave mode, but I’d prefer not to do those kinds of manual adjustments if I can help it.

As long as you’re printing in colour, you can select the rest (unhide it first) and set the transparency to 0. I think this could be a solution.

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Or scale the rests down to 1%.


Thanks, I’ll give those a try. I typically print in b&w. Why would I print in color, and why does the transparency thing only work in color?

Well, you answered your own question. :wink: I mean, color is exactly what it sounds like, as well as the “transparency” property.

I never print in color because it causes problems with my printer in pre-flight. I have to convert to B&W anyways.

My question was why I couldn’t set the transparency to 100% and then print in b&w.

Because the transparency property is a color property.

More info: Alpha (alpha channel) - MDN Web Docs Glossary: Definitions of Web-related terms | MDN (mozilla.org)

I see. Thanks.

Actually, there was a change in a recent version that allows truly 100% transparent items to remain hidden when you export in Mono (although I’d double-check a PDF export first before printing, just to be sure!)

The best way to hide bar rests is this way, but it affects entire layouts: Hiding/Showing bar rests in empty bars

Another method would be to add a bar repeat region in that/those bar(s), then delete the bar repeat symbol from Library > Music Symbols. However, this is only an option if you don’t need to use real bar repeat regions elsewhere in the project.


One can now hide both stems and noteheads in Engrave mode, Properties Panel; combining this with Suppress Playback lets one now use hidden notes to space out measures and avoid shrinking and Alpha channels and printing in color (or black & white).