Add to measure number
You can also use the "Add to measure number" option to influence the measure numbering. You
can enter positive or negative numbers here. Please note that this affects all subsequent
measures. A value of "-1" has the same effect as marking a measure to be excluded from
You can increase or decrease horizontal space between score elements (notes, rests, etc.) with
this option. This provides a more precise control over the exact same measure spacing property
as the menu commands or keyboard shortcuts for Increase/Decrease Stretch
are accessed outside of the Measure Properties dialog while a measure is selected.
If the measure is the last of a repeat
, you can define how often it is played.
Break multimeasure rests
This property will separate a multimeasure rest
at the start of the selected measure. This option
should be checked before you turn on the "Create multimeasure rests" option in
, in the "Score" tab.
Multimeasure rests are automatically broken at important breaks, such as rehearsal marks, time
signature changes, double barlines, irregular measures
The default for scores is off, for parts
MuseScore automatically numbers the first measure of each System (except for the first system,
actually except for a measure with the number 1), but more numbering options are possible. From the
main menu, choose
Style → General...
, in the left pane, choose the "Header, Footer, Numbers"
tab. At the bottom of the right pane is the "Measure Numbers" ("Bar Numbers") section.
Mark the checkbox next to the "Measure Numbers" ("Bar Numbers") to turn on automatic measure
Mark "Show first" if you want the first measure numbered.
Mark "All staves" if you want numbers on all staves. Otherwise, only the top staff of each system
shows measure numbers.
Choose to show numbers on "Every system" which numbers the first measure of each line, or show
numbers by "Interval" and specify the size of the interval. For example, an interval of 1 numbers every
measure; an interval of 5 numbers every fifth measure.
Split and join
You may want have to have a longer or shorter measure without changing the time signature. You can
change a measure's duration in Measure Properties
, but there is now a new option to split or join
measures. (Beams may be automatically modified.)
1. Select the measures you want to join
Edit → Measure → Join Selected Measures
Note: If you select measures on only one staff in a score with multiple staves, the same measures will
be joined in each staff of the system.
1. Select a note (or chord)
Edit → Measure → Split Measure Before Selected Note
Note: If you select only one note from one staff, each staff of the system will be split at the same
How to delete measures
How to span a measure over multiple systems
How to get scores without time signature (and clef)
Palettes and workspaces
A palette is a storage space containing a group of related musical symbols. A collection of palettes is
called a workspace and is docked, by default, on the left-hand edge of the window. It can be
undocked if desired, resized and dragged to any convenient location. It can also be docked at the
right-hand side: either half or full length, effectively sharing space with the Inspector
MuseScore provides two preset workspaces
: Basic (the default, with fewer palettes and fewer options
in each palette) and Advanced (see → below
). You can also create your own custom workspaces.
Display of the palettes can be toggled on or off with
View → Palettes
or by using the shortcut
Click on a palette title to view the contents of the palette. Symbols are applied to the score from a
palette by one of:
Selecting one or more score elements and double clicking the palette symbol.
Dragging and dropping the symbol onto the desired position in the staff.
For example, you can quickly add tenuto marks (—) to a group of notes:
1. Select notes (click on the first note, then
+click on the last note)
2. In the Articulations & Ornaments palette, double-click on the tenuto symbol
To add other music symbols to your palette, see Custom palettes
Once added to the score, objects can be copied, pasted, and duplicated—see Copy and paste
Workspaces are sets of palettes.
MuseScore provides two preset workspaces: Advanced and Basic (the latter a cut-down version of
the former with fewer palettes and fewer options in each palette). Select one or the other using the
drop-down menu at the bottom left of the window, below the palettes themselves.
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Palettes in the preset workspaces cannot be added to or edited. To do this you have to create your
own custom workspace first (see below
You can create your own custom
workspace by selecting an existing workspace using the menu in the
bottom left of the window, clicking the
button and entering a name for the new workspace. The new
workspace will be based on the workspace that is loaded when clicking
. You are then free to edit the
palettes and symbols of this workspace yourself.
In a custom workspace, right-clicking on the name of a palette brings up a menu with a range of
Palette Properties...: This allows you to make adjustments to the appearance of the open
Cell Size: Width, Height
Element Offset: Adjusts the vertical offset of all elements in the palette.
Scale: Makes all palette elements appear larger or smaller.
Show grid: Tick this box to visually divide the palette into cells, one for each element.
Show ‘More Elements…’: Tick this box to create a cell which opens the Master Palette.
Insert New Palette: Creates a new empty palette.
Move Palette Up / Move Palette Down: Allows you to reorder the palettes.
Enable Editing: Tick this option if you want to be able to edit a palette.
Save Palette: Save as an .mpal file.
Load Palette: Load an .mpal file.
Right-clicking on an element within a palette (if editing of the palette is enabled) brings up a menu with
the following options:
Clear: Removes the element from the palette
Properties...: Opens the Palette Cell Properties dialogue:
Name: The tooltip that appears when you mouse over the element.
Content offset (X, Y): Adjust the position of the element in the palette.
Content scale: Make the element appear larger or smaller in the palette.
Draw staff: Draws the five lines of a musical staff behind the palette element.
More Elements: Opens the relevant Master Palette section.
Note: Changing values in "Palette Cell Properties" only affects the appearance of elements in the
palette. It does not change their sizes or offsets on the score page.
Preset palettes (Advanced workspace)
The more fully-featured Advanced workspace
contains the following palettes:
Arpeggios and Glissandi
Breaths and pauses
Articulations and Ornaments
Repeats and Jumps
Breaks and Spacers
Music symbols not part of the palettes in the Advanced workspace can be found in theM aster palette
Behavior of applied text and lines
If the symbol you are adding to the score from a palette contains a text
element (e.g. staff text,
dynamic, fingering, volta etc.), then properties such as font-type, font-size, text color, and alignment
will adapt according to the following rules:
1. Text properties which have not been altered by the user will adopt the relevant, prevailingt ext
2. Custom text-properties—i.e. those changed by the user before saving the symbol to a custom
palette—remain as customized.
When adding a line
, line properties always remain unchanged (i.e. as set by the user before saving to
a custom workspace, or as predefined in the Basic/Advanced workspaces).
menu in MuseScore, you can find options such as
Save a Copy...
allow you to save native MuseScore files
(.mscz and .mscx).
Save...: Save current score to file.
Save As...: Save current score to new file.
Save a Copy...: Save current score to new file, but continue to edit original file.
Save Selection...: Save selected measures to new file.
Save Online...: Save current score to MuseScore.com
(see Share scores online
allow you to create non-MuseScore files, such as PDF, MusicXML,
MIDI, and various audio and image formats.
dialog, you can choose which format to export to:
Export...: Export current score to format of your choice.
Export Parts...: Export current score and all linked parts
to separate files in format of your
Note: Uncompressed MuseScore format (MSCX) is available in both 'Save' and 'Export'.
allows to print your MuseScore file directly to a printer from MuseScore. Depending on your
printer you will have different options, but generally you can define the page range, number of copies
If you have a PDF printer installed, you could also "export" to PDF using that.
There are different selection modes (ways to select objects).
Selection of a single object
Just click on any object.
Selection of a single note or chord
To select all the notes in a chord:
Make sure you are not in
note input mode
Press and hold
, then click on a note in the chord.
Note: Selecting a single note, then copying and pasting it, will only copy and paste the pitch—not
duration or other properties (such as stemless). To copy the entire note, including all properties, you
need to hold down
, the same as highlighting a whole chord.
There are several ways to select a continuous range of score elements:
1. Shift selection
a) Make sure you are not in note entry mode
b) Click on the first note/chord/rest or measure in the range. You can extend the selection up or
down to adjacent staves, if needed, using
c) Then chose one of the following options:
To advance the selection one chord at a time to the right: Press
To advance the selection one chord at a time to the left: Press
To advance the selection one bar at a time to the right: Press
To advance the selection one bar at a time to the left: Press
To advance the selection to the beginning of the line: Press
To advance the selection to the end of the line: Press
To extend the selection to the beginning of the score: Press
To extend the selection to the end of the score: Press
2. Shift + Click selection (notes/rests only)
a) Make sure you are not in note entry mode
b) Click on the first note/rest in the range
c) Press and hold
d) Click on the last desired note/rest.
The final selected element can be in the same staff or in staffs above or below the initial
note/rest. All selected elements will be enclosed in a blue rectangle, including associated lines
and articulations (but not voltas). You can repeat the operation to extend the selected range as
Measure selection: You can also select a range of whole measures by clicking on a blank
space in the first desired measure, pressing shift, then clicking on a space in the last measure of
the range. As with selecting notes, the range can be vertical as well as horizontal.
3. Drag selection (all elements)
Press and hold
and drag the cursor across the desired range. This method can be used to
select notes/rests OR independently to select non-note symbols (e.g. staccato dots, lyrics etc.).
4. Select All (notes/rests and elements attached to notes/rests)
) to select every music staff in the score:
Note: See Copy and paste: Selection filter
to disable certain types of elements from being selected in
a range selection.
To select multiple individual elements (as opposed to a continuous range
1. Select (click on) the first element
3. Select (click on) additional elements while holding the
Select all similar
To select all elements of a specific type (e.g., all barlines, all text elements, all staccato markings):
1. Select an element
2. Right click →
3. Several options are available:
All Similar Elements: in the whole score
All Similar Elements in Same Staff: only in the same staff
All Similar Elements in Range Selection: only if a →range selection
is active, selects
similar elements only inside that selection
More... : opens a dialog that lets you fine-tune more options.
Example: A flat (accidental) selected
You can choose from the following selections:
Same subtype: in this example only flats will be selected (not sharps nor naturals); some
elements have a subtype (e.g. articulations, accidentals ...)
Same staff: only elements in the same staff
Same voice: only elements in the same voice
Same system: only elements in the same system
Same selection: if a selection is active, only elements in that selection
Depending on what you had selected before you opened the
dialog, you may
wish to now instead have all of your specified type of elements selected (the default, "Replace");
keep everything you had selected before still selected, and simply add all of your chosen type of
element ("Add"); or keep everything you had selected before still selected, except without your
specified type of element ("Subtract").
What selections are useful for
Copy and paste
Inspector and object properties
chapter, esp. Note input
chapter, esp. Accidental
chapter, esp. Text editing
and Grid-based movement of symbols and staff text
Undo and redo
MuseScore remembers an unlimited number of undo/redo actions.
The standard shortcuts
Or use the toolbar buttons:
Viewing and navigation
Viewing options for the score can be found in the View Menu, and also in the Zoom and Page
View/Continuous view menus located in the toolbar above the score.
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