A Palette is a folder containing musical symbols which can be applied to the score. Musescore's default palettes contain collections of related symbols, but you can customize palettes to display almost any kind of symbol, line or text. Palettes form the main part of a workspace.
Musescore comes with two sets of preset palettes: a Basic and an Advanced set (contained in similarly-named workspaces). But that is only the start. You can add your own symbols and text either to the existing palettes or to palettes you create in new workspaces. In other words, you can customize each workspace to exactly meet your particular scoring needs. See Customize palettes.
The default position of the Palette area is to the left of the document window. To view or hide it:
To undock the Palette area:
To re-attach the panel, double-click on the top bar again. See Side panels for more information.
Symbols assigned to the palette are shown in a grid below the palette name. If you have customized one of Musescore's default palettes, clicking More will show any symbols you have deleted.
If you only want one palette open at a time, click the ... button at the top of the workspace and check the Single Palette box. Any opened palette will now close when you open a different one.
Versions 3.4 or above
Versions prior to 3.4
If you are dragging a symbol to the score and decide you don't want to apply it, press Esc.
Tip: To prevent accidental rearrangement of contents during use, right-click a palette name and uncheck Enable Editing.
You can search for symbols or palette names by typing in the Search box at the top of the list. As you type, symbols and/or palettes with names matching your keystrokes are displayed below, updating continuously as your typed input changes. Displayed symbols can come from any palette, which makes this a powerful way to locate symbols without visually searching through various palettes .
Symbols can be applied directly from the search results as described above.
To restore the list of palette names, which is temporarily hidden by the search results, click X in the search box.
Anything added to the score from a palette can be copied, pasted, and duplicated: see Copy and paste.
Assign a keyboard shortcut key to "Apply current palette element" in Preferences: Shortcuts. After you use the mouse to click on a palette item to apply it to the score once, you can select any other score elements and repeatedly apply the same (last applied) item by pressing the shortcut key.
See Customize palettes to learn how to add symbols to the new palette.
Hiding a palette depends on whether it is one of Musescore's default palettes or one you created yourself using the method above.
To hide a Musescore default palette:
To hide a palette you created:
Only palettes you created yourself can be deleted.
You cannot delete Musescore's default palettes. If you don't intend to use a default palette, hide its name from the list instead.
You can modify any Musescore default or user-created palette. Symbols may be added or deleted and layouts can be rearranged.
From MuseScore 3.3 onwards, all preset palettes in the Basic and Advanced workspaces can be customized directly (if you are using a previous version you will need to create a new workspace first).
Before customizing a palette:
Note: Changing these values only affects the appearance of symbols within the palette. It does not change their sizes or offsets on the score page.
The More command functions differently in a user-created palette. It displays one palette at a time from the palette list, allowing you to add symbols from that palette by dragging or by selecting an item and clicking Add to. Use < and > to step through the palettes in the list.
The following menu appears either by right-clicking the name of a palette or by clicking the ... to the right of the name:
Palette Properties...: Displays the following dialog, where you can adjust the appearance of a palette:
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:
Text properties which have not been altered by the user will adopt the relevant text styles.
Custom text properties—those changed by the user before saving the symbol to a custom palette—remain as customized.
By contrast, the line properties of lines applied from a palette always remain unchanged (i.e. as set by the user before saving to a custom workspace, or as predefined in the Basic/Advanced workspaces).