Move to next system

Move to Previous System works as expected. But. Move to Next System puts the selected measure by itself on its own new system as shown. What am I doing wrong? Thank you.


Is there a pre-existing system break signpost at the start of bar 6?

Ah, the Diabelli Variations! :slight_smile:

Before I go forcing bars onto systems, I would reduce the note spacing rule by a bit (perhaps 3) to get closer to the spacing you’re going to want overall.

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Thank you, Lillie. That was precisely the problem. I didn’t realize that system breaks were created when measures were moved from staff to staff. I am noticing this in a newly imported XML file. There are no system breaks in the original import, but as soon as I move a measure to a new system a system break is created for some reason. (I didn’t see them because I had the signposts hidden.) So I need to learn more about page layout before I ask any more questions.

Hi Mark_Johnson. Yes, I thought that doing an edition of the Diabelli might be a good third piece to do in Dorico as I demo the program, since it has most everything in it. I am finding that working from an XML import, despite how well Dorico is imports it, is somewhat challenging. But I’m learning a lot about the program by doing so. I will investigate changing note spacing before moving measures around to see what happens. Probably very good things, since the theme went in quite smoothly.

Just for completeness, here’s the page in the manual about the move to next/previous system buttons and how they work:

Essentially, system and frame breaks are how Dorico fixes bars into systems, and systems into frames at a “local level”. Break signposts aren’t used when you’ve set a fixed casting off for the layout, but basically any other place that involves specifying system/frame breaks will involve a signpost.

Thank you Lillie_Harris. I will read that carefully, and a lot more.

I have found the John’s video to be very helpful in this regard.


Thank you , Chris. I’ll check that out.