Updated 8 years ago
These are old instructions for MuseScore 1
For MuseScore 3 users, see Voltas

Volta brackets or first and second ending brackets are used to mark different endings for a repeat.

Sample first and second endings

To place a volta bracket on the score drag-and-drop the item from the lines .

The brackets can span more than one measure. Double click the volta to enter edit mode and then move the handles with:

  • one measure right Shift+Right
  • one measure left Shift+Left

These commands move the "logical" start or end of the volta which determine the bracketed measures.
Other commands in edit mode also move the handles but do not change how the repeat is played.

If you move the handles, a dashed line from the logical position to the actual position is shown
Second-ending volta in edit mode


You can change the text and many other properties of a volta bracket using the Line Properties dialog. Right-click on a volta bracket and choose Line Properties.... If you are using version 0.9.3 or earlier then choose "Volta Properties..." The figure below shows the volta text as "1.-5."

Line Properties dialog

Sample first-through-fifth ending followed by sixth ending


Sometimes a repeat plays for more than two times. In the figure above the volta text indicates that it should play five times before it continues. If you want to change the number of times MuseScore plays a repeat then go to the measure containing the repeat bar line and change its Repeat Count (see Measure operations for details).

Issues with multi-part scores

In version 0.9.4 or earlier you can only place voltas on the top staff of a multi-part score. Otherwise you may encounter bugs such as the MuseScore crashing when you create parts (see bug report ) or the anchor position moving when you reload the score.