Left Align Centered Text Within Sibelius Lines

Q: I’m trying to create a cue line that has text information in it. The problem is that I want the cue text left aligned. The only way to enter text and not a Symbol is to use ‘centered text’, but I don’t want the text to be centered. Any idea? I’m in Sibelius 7.5, Mac.

A: This is actually what I would consider a long standing design flaw in Sibelius, but fear not; there is a reliable workaround.
When you first create the text, you use the Centered Text button, enter the text. OK the Text dialog. The text will be centered in the middle of the line as shown above.

But now, locate the START radio buttons in the left side of the dialog. Select NONE and *then* TEXT and the text will jump to the start of the line.

That’s all there is to it.


for Massimiliano Lombardo

Sibelius Textures : Scores, Parts, Versions & Ideas

Q: I’m doing a piano score on Sibelius and I accidentally hit some button that turned the score page “paper” into that ivory yellowish color. I just want it white again. I assume that I’m still on the orig. score page and this isn’t some alternate, “for printing only” version?

A: You can choose from a wide variety of graphics or colors for both your music and for your workspace background in Sibelius. Sibelius calls these “Textures”. The foreground for your music pages is called “Paper”. The background color or graphic is called “Desk”.  These Textures are user selectable.

Texture themes can be set differently for Scores and Parts. In Sibelius, the keystroke “w” toggles between the score and part views. With solo piano music, for instance, since the “score” and “part” share identical content, the different “Paper” and “Desk” Textures help you stay oriented by identifying which View you are currently working in.

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25 Free Music Fonts for Finale

The Elbsound Music Fonts Package v1.11 is a free package with 25 music fonts for Finale, created by Jan Angermüller.

The package now includes four new music fonts for a total of 25, and has been updated with many improved symbols.

The fonts were tested on Windows 10 with Fin 2014, 2014.5 and 25 and MacOSX El Capitan Fin 2012, 2014.5 and 25.

According to the information on the Elbsound website, it should also be possible to use these fonts with Sibelius by using the “Maestro” font style.


Be sure to read the FAQ/Troubleshooting section on the download page which contains important information about creating FAN files, cross-platform compatibility etc.

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Sibelius Gap Before Bar & Brackets Appearing in Middle of Page

Q: I’m having some technical problems with a Sibelius score. I’m trying to reformat the score layout at the oboe section (pages 53-55). There is a weird thing where system brackets appear in middle of score instead of just at the left edge.

A: The brackets are caused by changing the amount of space before one or more bars. Sibelius calls this distance (normally zero) “Gap Before Bar” and it is useful to indent a the first system of a piece or movement or to create a space for a Coda in the middle of a system. Unfortunately, it is possible to add these gaps without realizing it.

In your example file, these Gaps Before Bar were a very, very small amount (.72 spaces), and if I had to guess, were very likely previously at system starts where they would be extremely hard to notice.

However, when you attempted to reformat the page layout, the “extra” brackets became visible since these bars were no longer at the starts of systems.

To correct this, select the individual bar following the mid-system bracket, then use the Inspector (Properties in Sibelius versions before v7) to reset the positioning for GAP BEFORE BAR to zero.



The bracket should disappear and now you can reformat the score without the mid-system brackets.

That’s all there is to it!


Instrument Group Names in Sibelius

…a tutorial for creating custom instrument group names in Finale is here.

There are some situations where you might need to show an additional label for a group of instruments in a score; to distinguish between different ensembles of like instruments or on stage or antiphonal instruments, for example:


One can achieve this in Sibelius by manually adding and placing text on each page of the score. However, this approach gets pretty tedious for large scores. The following technique is another method to help you achieve this look quickly and consistently.

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Behind-the-Scenes: The Music Font Comparison from Elbsound.studio

What is it ?

Music Font Comparison is an online A/B comparison of 150 music font families rendered using four musical examples. The font examples were created in a fully automatic font conversion process in Finale with a JW Lua plugin from a master document in Maestro font. No manual adjustments were made afterwards.


Online Music Font Comparison from Elbsound.studio : The images on the website are downscaled JPEG versions of the PDFs created from within Finale.

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