This is the window that displays when you open MuseScore for the very first time:
To open the Start Center (if not already visible), use any of the following options:
From the Start Center you can:
To open the New Score Wizard when the Start Center is not open, use one of the following options:
Note: The following subheadings may differ slightly in versions prior to MuseScore 2.2.
Step 1: Enter score information.
Enter the title, composer, or any other information as shown above, then click on Next >. This step is optional: you can also add this information after the score is created (see Vertical frame).
Step 2: Choose template file.
Here, you can choose from a range of solo, ensemble and orchestral templates. Any custom templates stored in your user templates folder will be displayed under the heading, "Custom Templates". From version 2.2, you can use the Search bar (top right) to find specific templates.
The Choose Instruments window is divided into two columns:
The left column contains a list of instruments, or voice parts to choose from. This list is categorized into instrument families, and clicking a category shows the full list of instruments in each family.
The default entry is "Common instruments" but you can choose from others, including "Jazz instruments" and "Early music". There is a search box at the bottom of the instrument window: typing the name of an instrument there will search for it in "All instruments".
The right column starts off empty, but will eventually contain a list of instruments for your new score in the order that they will appear.
To add instruments to the score, use any of the following options:
The instrument names, and their associated staff lines, now appear in the list of instruments in the right column. You can add more instruments or voice parts, as needed. Each instrument added in this way is allocated its own Mixer channel.
To add a staff to an existing instrument in the score:
Summary of commands:
|Command||Staff added||Edit staves independently?||Share mixer channel?||Examples|
|Add Staff||Unlinked||Yes||Yes||Guitar staff/tab, Piano grand staff|
|Add Linked Staff||Linked||No. Edit in one staff updates others||Yes||Guitar staff/tab|
See also, Combine pitched staff with tablature.
To change the order of instruments (or staves) in the score:
To delete an instrument, or staff line, from the score
Step 3: Choose key signature and tempo.
The wizard asks for two things: The initial key signature and tempo of the score. Select any of the former and click Next > to continue. An initial tempo can be set here too.
Step 4: Choose time signature etc.
You can set your initial time signature here. If the score starts with a pickup measure (also known as an anacrusis or upbeat measure), then mark the Pickup measure checkbox and adjust the "Duration" accordingly.
Measures is set to 32 by default: you can change the number here, or add/remove measures later from the score.
Click Finish to create your new score.
Any settings you make in the New Score Wizard can always be changed when you start work on the score itself:
To add, delete, or change the order of instruments: from the menu, select Edit→Instruments...; or use the keyboard shortcut, I. This opens the Instruments dialog which is virtually identical to the Choose Instruments dialog in the New Score Wizard (see above).
See also Change instrument (Staff properties).
To adjust the distance between staves and systems, set page margins etc., see Layout and formatting.
A Template is simply a standard MuseScore file that has been stored in one of two "templates" folders (see below): any files in these folders are automatically displayed on the "Chose template file" page of the New Score Wizard.
Two templates folders are created by default:
You can configure the location of your private templates folder. From the menu, select Edit→Preferences...→General.
On Windows, the user template folder is located at
On macOS and Linux, the user template folder is located at
The new score wizard will show templates from both the system and the user template folder.
The content of this folder should not be modified.
On Windows, the system template folder is usually located at
C:\Program Files\MuseScore 2\templates or in the 64-bit versions at
C:\Program Files (x86)\MuseScore 2\templates.
On Linux, look under
/usr/share/mscore-xxx if you installed from the package manager. If you compiled MuseScore on Linux yourself, then look under
xxx being the version you are using).
On macOS, look under