Special Codes for Lyrics and Chords

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There are special codes you can use when editing Lyrics & Chords to specify chords, section headings, add page breaks and line breaks, and put in notes. Using these codes tells Planning Center which content to strip out of Lyric PDFs and Chord Charts.

Lyrics & Chords

Code Description
SECTION HEADING
Type section headings, like CHORUS 1, or INSTRUMENTAL in all caps.
[ Chord ]
Chords in square brackets are Chord Pro and will be transposed and be placed on the line above the corresponding lyrics. Anything in square brackets will only appear in Chord Chart PDFs.

If it is on the same line as a SECTION HEADING, it will still be shifted to the line above, so make sure NOT to use the ChordPro brackets in this header.

Key Changes

Code Description
TRANSPOSE KEY +1
To insert a key change but still type chords in the original key, add TRANSPOSE KEY plus or minus the number of half-steps.

When choosing a key, the following scale will be used: Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G.
REDEFINE KEY +1
To insert a key change where you have already typed the chords in the new transposed key, add REDEFINE KEY plus or minus the number of half-steps. For chord charts, this does not transpose chords, but for Number and Numeral charts, it remaps the numbers to the new key.

When choosing a key, the following scale will be used: Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G.

Notes

Code Description
{ note }
Text in single curly braces is a note that will show in Chords Chart PDFs and Lyric PDFs. Unlike square brackets, it will not be shifted up a line.
{{ note }}
Text in double curly braces is a note that wil only show in Chord Chart PDFs and will be removed from Lyric PDFs.

Layout

Code
Description
COLUMN_BREAK
Starts a new column.

PAGE_BREAK


Starts a new page.

To have a column or page break only apply to chord charts and not lyrics, put it in double curly braces. {{ PAGE_BREAK }}

Style

Code
Description
<b>Bolded Text</b>
Text placed between <b> and </b> will be bolded for Lyric & Chord PDFs.
<i>Italicized Text</i>
Text placed between <i> and </i> will be italicized for Lyric & Chord PDFs.
<strong>Bolded Text</strong>
Text placed between <strong> and </strong> will be bolded for Lyric & Chord PDFs
<em>Italicized Text</em>
Text placed between <em> and </em> will be italicized for Lyric & Chord PDFs.
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