To add a text-based element to the score, use one of the following general methods:
From the main menu, select Add → Text (to create a title, for example).
Press a keyboard shortcut (to create lyrics, for example).
Note: The exact method depends on the type of text you are adding—refer to the relevant pages of the Handbook for details (see Text). For general-purpose text boxes attached to staves, see Staff and system text.
Every text-based element in the score has three levels of formatting:
This is the top level of formatting and sets the style for a particular class of text in the score. All staff text, for example has a unique text style, as do tempo markings, lyrics, chord symbols and so on. MuseScore comes with many predefined text styles, which can be customised, but you are also free to create your own.
To edit the text style of an element, go to Style → Text…, or right-click on some text and select Text Style….
Any text style can be applied to any text element. Changing a text style affects all text objects in the score which use that style.
For full details, see Text styles.
This is the next level down in the formatting hierarchy and affects the style of the text in one specific text object. To edit the text properties for that object—and no other—right click on the text and select Text Properties…. For full details, see Text properties.
While editing the actual text in a text element, you can also apply specific formatting to individual characters, using basic formatting options such as Bold, Italic, font, font size, subscript and superscript. To edit text:
- Double click on the text, or
- Right-click on the text and select "Edit element," or
- Click on the text and press Ctrl + E (Mac: Cmd + E).
For full details, see Text editing.
Adjust position of text objects
To adjust the position of a selected text object, either:
- Use one of the following keyboard shortcuts:
- ←: Move text left 0.1 staff space (one staff space is the distance between two staff lines, as set in Page Settings)
- →: Move text right 0.1 staff space.
- ↑: Move text up 0.1 staff space.
- ↓: Move text down 0.1 staff space.
- Ctrl+← (Mac: ⌘+←): Move text left one staff space.
- Ctrl+→ (Mac: ⌘+→): Move text right one staff space.
- Ctrl+↑ (Mac: ⌘+↑): Move text up one staff space.
- Ctrl+↓ (Mac: ⌘+↓): Moves text down one staff space.
- Adjust the horizontal or vertical offset values in the Inspector.
- Drag the object.