Most keyboard shortcuts can be customized via Edit → Preferences... → Shortcuts tab (Mac: MuseScore → Preferences... → Shortcuts tab). Below is a list of some of the initial shortcut settings.
Beginning of score: Home
Last page of score: End
Next score: Ctrl+Tab
Previous score: Shift+Ctrl+Tab
Zoom in: Ctrl++ or Ctrl + mouse wheel
Zoom out: Ctrl+- or Ctrl + mouse wheel
Next page: Pg Dn or Shift + mouse wheel
Previous page: Pg Up or Shift + mouse wheel
Next measure: Ctrl+→ (Mac: ⌘+→)
Previous measure: Ctrl+← (Mac: ⌘+←)
Next note: →
Previous note: ←
Note below (within a chord or on lower staff): Alt+↓
Note above (within a chord or on higher staff): Alt+↑
Top note in chord: Ctrl+Alt+↑ (Ubuntu uses this shortcut for Workspaces instead)
Bottom note in chord: Ctrl+Alt+↓ (Ubuntu uses this shortcut for Workspaces instead)
Begin note input mode: N
Leave note input mode: N or Esc
1 ... 9 selects a duration. See also Note input.
Half duration of previous note: Q
Double duration of previous note: W
Voice 1: Ctrl+I Ctrl+1 (Mac ⌘+I ⌘+1)
Voice 2: Ctrl+I Ctrl+2 (Mac ⌘+I ⌘+2)
Voice 3: Ctrl+I Ctrl+3 (Mac ⌘+I ⌘+3)
Voice 4: Ctrl+I Ctrl+4 (Mac ⌘+I ⌘+4)
Pitches can be entered by their letter name (A-G), or via MIDI keyboard. See Note input for full details.
Repeat previous note: R
Raise pitch by octave: Ctrl+↑ (Mac: ⌘+↑)
Lower pitch by octave: Ctrl+↓ (Mac: ⌘+↓)
Raise pitch by semi-tone (prefer sharp): ↑
Lower pitch by semi-tone (prefer flat): ↓
Raise pitch diatonically: Alt+Shift+↑
Lower pitch diatonically: Alt+Shift+↓
Circle through enharmonic notes: J
Rest: 0 (zero)
Add interval above current note: Alt+[Number]
Flip direction (stem, slur, tie, tuplet bracket, etc.): X
Mirror note head: Shift+X
Staff text: Ctrl+T
System text: Ctrl+Shift+T
Tempo text: Ctrl+Alt+T
Rehearsal Mark: Ctrl+M
Enter lyrics on a note: Ctrl+L
Previous lyric syllable: Shift+Space
Next lyric syllable: if the current and the next syllables are separated by a '-': -, else Space
Move lyric syllable left by 1sp: ←
Move lyric syllable right by 1sp: →
Move lyric syllable left by 0.1sp: Ctrl+←
Move lyric syllable right by 0.1sp: Ctrl+→
Move lyric syllable left by 0.01sp: Alt+←
Move lyric syllable right by 0.01sp: Alt+→
Up to previous stanza: Ctrl+↑ (Mac: ⌘+↑)
Down to next stanza: Ctrl+↓ (Mac: ⌘+↓)
For more lyric shortcuts, see Lyrics.
Navigator: F12 (Mac: fn+F12)
Play Panel: F11 (Mac: fn+F11)
Mixer: F10 (Mac: fn+F10)
Palette: F9 (Mac: fn+F9)
Inspector: F8 (Mac: fn+F8)
While all members of the development team did their best to make the software easy to use and bug-free, there are some known issues and limitations in MuseScore 2.0.
'Save Selection...' is currently pretty limited: If the selection doesn't contain a clef, time or key signature, the saved score will be in treble clef, 4/4 time signature, and C major key signature, although all pitches are kept, accidentals added as needed, and even irregular measures are kept.
The local time signature feature, which allows you to have different time signatures in different staves at the same time, is very limited. You can only add a local time signature to measures that are empty, and only if there are no linked parts. When adding notes to measures with local time signatures, you can enter notes normally via note input mode, but copy and paste does not work correctly and may lead to corruption or even crashes. The join and split commands are disabled for measures with local time signatures.
With linked Standard and Tablature staves, if multiple note chords are entered in the Standard staff, each chord should be entered from its top note to the bottom, otherwise the fretting automatically assigned note by note in the Tablature staff may be unexpected (Note: This does not apply to a) note input directly in the Tablature staff nor to b) note input in a Standard staff not linked to a Tablature: in both cases entry order is indifferent).
An instrument change does not change transposition, should any of the instruments involved require that. If this is needed, it is necessary to use different staves and the 'Hide empty staves' option.
Actually there is no real instrument change, just a change of the sound, so not only transposition is not taken into account but also the instrument's range, and the part's name is left unchanged.
Changing values in the mixer does not mark the score 'dirty'. That means if you close a score you may not get the warning "Save changes to the score before closing?". Changing mixer values are also not undoable.
There is no way to edit Header and Footer in a WYSIWYG manner. The fields in Style → General → Header, Footer, Numbers are plain text. They can contain "HTML like" syntax, but the text style, layout, etc. can't be edited with a WYSIWYG editor.
The glossary is a work in progress, please help if you can. You can discuss about this page on the documentation forum
The list below is a glossary of frequently used terms in MuseScore as well as their meaning.
The differences between American English and British English are marked with "(AE)" and "(BE)", respectively.
You can launch MuseScore from the command line by typing
[options] and [filename] are optional. For this to work the MuseScore executable must be in
%PATH% (Windows) resp.
$PATH (Mac and Linux). If it is not, see Revert to factory settings for detailed instructions on how and where to find and execute the MuseScore executable from the command line on the various supported platforms.
The following options are available