Identifying music symbols?

Hi all,

I have customized some music symbols over the years, but in some cases I cannot simply remember to what font and glyph I have changed…
Is there a way of finding out?

Selecting the glyph in the editor does not seem to do the trick.

The Library Manager can help you with this.

Thanks Daniel, but this is what I get:

My file to the left, factory settings to the right.
In this case I think I remember that the replacement glyph comes from the Engraver font.
But I do not see Bravura to the right, and I do not see any font names in the description. Am I looking at the wrong place?

The editor in Edit Music Symbols, Edit Chord Symbol Component, Edit Playing Techniques, etc, does not give any feedback to the user about the font or size of a selected glyph. I really wish this info was available in the same way it is in other DTP software, but it is not. The only way I know to view this info for something you’ve saved as a default is to open up your userlibrary.xml file.

It’s not always straightforward to find the info, but it’s there. For a trill changed to Engraver, I can find the Composite Definition …

… then search for that componentID …

… which clearly looks like it’s using Finale Engraver, but I can confirm that in the Font Style definitions:

Since the Library Manager has already given you the component name of “glyph.user.217” you could just search for that and see what fontStyle comes up.


Yes indeed.


Thank you very much for this!

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In this case I had to do it a bit differently, as the edited music symbols were not saved as default.
I made a copy of the file, changed the file suffix to .zip and had a look inside. There I found a file called “scorelibrary.dtn” and after opening it in a text editor I searched for glyph.user.217 and located this snippet:

glyph.user.217 0xD9 font.user.petrucci

After all, not Engraver but Petrucci.

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Interesting! That trick is new to me. It’s just a hex file for me, so what encoding did you use to open it? I tried a few and can see some info, but much of it is still gibberish.

A Dorico file is a zip file (actually a zipped folder). Changing the extension will turn it into something you can unzip outside Dorico and see its contents.

I did not actively choose any, it just opened like this in Notepad:

A bit gibberishy but readable.

I was using Sublime Text and it initially opened it as hex:

Even after switching the encoding to UTF-8 and enabling Word Wrap, it still doesn’t seem terribly useful:

Sort of interesting to scroll though and see what all is part of a file though.