Editing Instrument (Staff) Names
Composer optionally displays instrument names in the left margin of the window or printed page. Each staff has a "long name" and an abbreviated name. Many MIDI files have staff names that are so long that too much of the printed page or viewing area of the screen would be wasted. Therefore, you might want to abbreviate the staff names. In addition, you can specify a long staff name for the beginning of the score, and an abbreviation for subsequent pages of the score. This is a common practice in orchestral scores.
Composer allows you to specify whether a long name or short name is displayed after the first page of a given part. Or, you can omit the display of staff names altogether. Look further down this topic for details.
If two or more staves are grouped together in the left margin with a brace or bracket, then you can assign an instrument name or instrument group name, as explained at the end of this topic.
To change a staff name:
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Type "qwv" for Quick Window View.
Composer will display a Staff Setup dialog box such as the following:
Alternatively, if you need to change the names of several staves at once, you can use the multiple Staff Setup window.
To change several staff names at once:
Composer will display the Staff Setup dialog box, such as below:
To specify whether the staff name and/or abbreviation (or neither) are to be displayed on pages and staff systems throughout the current part:
Composer will display the Bracket Staff Group Name dialog box.