Song display

Found under: Settings > Display > Song display

Song display is used to adjust the settings that you see on your Android device. Settings for connected displays (such as Chromecasts, HDMI outputs or Wireless displays) can be found on the Connected display page instead.

Info text

  • Songsheet: displays an information block (title, author, copyright, etc.) at the top of the song window.

  • Show previous / next songs as page buttons: When displaying a song, particularly when in a set, the next (and previous) songs with keys can be displayed as buttons at the bottom of the screen for information. They will automatically hide after a few seconds, but can be reactivated by tapping on the screen.

  • Autohide autoscroll / capo / pad: As with the previous / next buttons, these can be set to automatically hide after a few seconds to clear up the screen. Tapping the screen will show them again. Alternatively, you can set them to stay on the screen, but you may have to lower their alpha value in the Page buttons screen so they don't obscure any song text.

Song display

  • Display chords and headings in bold: This can help make chords and heading lines stand out a little helping with readability.

  • Show chords: Often singers want to maximise the text size to show the lyrics only. Turning the show chords option off, will hide the chords and allow the app to resize the content for lyrics only

  • Show lyrics: If you only need to see chord progressions, you can choose to turn off the lyrics

  • Format bracket text (...): This can style the text inside brackets as normal, italic, bold or bold+italic. This can be useful to add information e.g. for backing singing, etc. This will only reliable detect on pair of brackets on a line of text. Failure to close brackets may cause excessive text to be styled.

  • Curly bracket hide {...}: Text inside curly brackets can be used for performance information only but if this is switched on, text inside curly brackets will be hidden from presentation displays. If you have previously used [...] text for this purpose, the app will try to automatically convert this for you. This is to avoid conflict with ChordPro song editing and wrongly identified song sections which both use [...]. Curly bracket text will be displayed as it is in the desktop version of OpenSong.

Song sections

  • Presentation order: tells the app to display song sections in the order specified. For example a song may have the contents [V1], [C], [V2], [V3] but you can set the presentation order to reorganise these sections as required e.g. [C], [V1], [C], [V2], [C], [V3], [C]. Please note that each section name has to be unique and only exist once in the song file. If there are missing sections or sections not in the presentation order, you will see a warning on screen.

  • Keep multiline compact: This allows you to display songs created in short multiline/multiverse format in the same format as the edit page (see the screenshots below)

  • Trim sections: This removes additional blank lines after sections allowing the text to be scaled slightly larger

  • Add section space: Adds one blank line after a section. Use in conjunction with trim sections above, all sections will be separated by one blank line.

  • Trim linespacing: Some fonts have additional whitespace above and below the text causing the lines to take up more height than might be desired (less line height can equal larger text during scaling). You can switch this on and trim the linespacing to your desired value. If you go too high, however, letters can be cropped at the top and bottom.

  • Trim wordspacing: Removes excess spaces between words (will leave one space after a comma and two spaces after a period/full stop). If you space words to fit chords, but don't display the chords, switching this on will improve readability and allow for larger text scaling.

Section filtering

If you only want to display certain sections, you can switch on section filtering. This can be useful if certain sections only apply to certain musicians, or if you want to have different versions of sections for different musicians using the app.

A normal verse tag looks like [V], however, if you want to filter a verse section for guitarists, you can use the filter guitar (or whatever you want). When you create a section that uses this filter, it would be written as [*guitar:V]. By default, users who have set up a guitar filter on this page can switch the filter on and it will hide any sections matching this filter. Alternatively, they can use the show option to only show sections matching these filters.

Song sheet, next song and autoscroll information shown
Multiline song with capo information
Multiline song with compact mode
Multiline song in the edit window. Note stretched words should use __ between letters