hiding upper staff of piano hides figured bass from lower staff?

Hiding the upper staff of a piano part seems to hide figured bass in the lower staff – has anyone else experienced this?

Figured bass appears normally (below the lower staff) when both staves are visible, but when the upper empty staff is hidden the figured bass vanishes.

Is there a property or setting I am missing?

I worked around it in this case – I just need one figure (a sharp), so I created a Playing Technique, found the Bravura symbol for a sharp, moved it underneath the note, and it shows even when the upper staff is hidden.

(I’m new to Dorico (long-time Sibelius user) so forgive me for any obvious misunderstandings, and if there is a better/easier way to use music symbols as text elements, let me know.)

I can confirm the behaviour.

Before Dorico did Figured Bass, the ‘workaround’ was to select a special font for Translation Lyrics, and then use that in the Lyric tool. It is still useful for limitation’s in the Figured Bass. It will do brackets and italicised figures, for example. You can find it here.


It’s SMuFL compatible, so it also works as the font for ‘real’ figured bass.

Welcome to the forum, cangrande. I can confirm that this is, for now at least, the expected behaviour. We expect to change it in the future, but not imminently.

Thank you benwiggy and Daniel – glad to know it’s not some error or setting I missed on my part. And it’s such a low-ocurrence event with easy-enough workarounds, so not a big deal in any case.