Repeat chord sign

Does Dorico 5 support the repeat chord sign?
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No, but it’s easy to do. Just create it as a Line. If you input it so it’s attached to barlines, then it will always be centered on the bar.

You’ll need to create a new Line style that is just blank. You’ll want to do this with a blank repeatable symbol rather than a 0-width line, as 0-width lines still appear as hairlines when exported as PDFs. You can copy and paste the repeat glyph from the SMuFL site here.

Here’s a doricolib file that will already have it set up if you don’t want to create it yourself. Just unzip the file, and add the doricolib file to your user DefaultLibraryAdditions folder. In Windows this lives at Users\yournamehere\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\Dorico 5\DefaultLibraryAdditions. Any new file then will automatically have that Line already configured.
1-Bar Repeat (1.0 KB)

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WOW. Thanks, but that seems a little daunting for a simple little %. I’ll give it try when I have more time. :pray:

It looks like the solution should have been given to FredGUnn’s post (read the first post of the thread. This “solution” button really helps other readers)


Ooops! Sorry! I didn’t see a “Solution” button on FredGUnn’s post, which is probably why I clicked it on my response. (See below.) I still haven’t tried his suggestion (I don’t understand “creating a new Line style”), but I’ll give his second para a try.

Meanwhile, almost by accident I see that if I click my Solution button to undo it, it appears in FredGUnn’s original post, so I have rectified the situation. (I hope.)


Where do I find this folder? In the app?

If it does not exist already, you may have to create it manually.
Since you do not say which computer operating system you are using, we can’t reliably tell you where to create it.

In Windows 10 the folder is located at
%AppData%\Steinberg\Dorico 5\DefaultLibraryAdditions

Mac OS 13.4.1 (Ventura) Dorico 5

Then it’s in your user library (hidden folder) ~/Library /Application support /Steinberg /Dorico 5


Done! Now … How do I access it from the app? Shift-Q for chord symbols? and then …?

Sorry—I’m not much of an under-the-hood user. Thanks for your help!

It’s actually a Line so you’ll apply it with the Line tool. In the image I posted in my initial post, see the repeat “line” over to the right? You’ll also notice I have the lines set to apply to barlines, that way it will always be centered in the bar.

If the doricolib file is unzipped and installed correctly, it should definitely work for any file you create from File / New. For existing projects and templates you might need to import it via the Library Manager first.

"If the doricolib file is unzipped and installed correctly, it should definitely work for any file you create from File / New. "

I have imported the file as MarcLarcher described (above). I’ve created a new document and attempted to add a chord (or repeat chord symbol) like this:

How/where do I enter the repeat sign?
I don’t really understand the whole line creation feature. Sorry. I’ll need more detailed instructions.

There is a YouTube video demonstrating the line editor feature, but it’s for version 3.5
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… and doesn’t look like version 5.
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Is there a way to copy the repeat glyph from the page you link to without taking a screen shot? Usually with an image you can right-click and copy the image. Not so here.

Never mind. Figured it out. You have to paste the contents of the clipboard (the repeat glyph) into a text field in Dorico, otherwise it shows up as a question mark (?) inside a box.

The glyphs on the website are text characters rather than images. The page serves Bravura as a webfont so that they will appear the same for any browser. When you Copy from there and Paste, you only have to choose a SMuFL font; other fonts lack those codepoints. And since they are in the Private Use Area of Unicode, the operating system doesn’t use a fallback font, so in that case they display as the missing-character glyph.

I’m guessing you never got the doricolib file installed or else you’d have this working, but here’s how I had the Line defined in it:

As Mark mentioned above, by copying and pasting that glyph from the SMuFL site, it shows as the missing character box in the Syllables entry, but of course displays fine in the preview window above.

If you don’t want to create a Line, you can just paste that glyph in as Text too. The advantage of a Line without a width is that it will always be centered on the bar, no matter what happens to the layout, but you can just make manual adjustments if you want to do it that way.