Layouts are style sheets that control page layout, sizing and positioning options. Each layout stores allUser overrides in the score, making it possible to adjust measure spacing, notes and other symbols independently of other layouts. Properties Palette pages for controlling the appearance of measures and systems can be used in conjunction with a layout to get the music looking just right.
Each music document contains its own set of layouts - you can add as many layouts as you wish. A common scenario is to create a full score layout for the conductor, and individual part layouts for each performer.
Layouts control only the visual appearance of your music - they do not affect the music itself. This makes it very easy for you to work on compositions and create printed parts without the hassle of creating different documents for each part.
As an example, suppose you have written a string quartet and you'd like to try it out with your musician friends. You would create a layout for each part and print out the 4 parts so your friends could try it out. After hearing the result and feedback from the performers, you might decide to add or rearrange some sections of the composition. You could do this in the main "Full Score" layout where you can see all the parts and how they interact - then, you couldUse the same layouts you originally created to print out revised parts for each performer. The music you added would appear in all the different layouts, saving you the time and effort of entering the new portions for each part.
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