Text Edit cursor displays in wrong position

• Jan 25, 2019 - 03:30

Using Win 10 / 64-bit / Musescore v

If I double click on text the cursor displays in the wrong position and entered / deleted text is not where the cursor is shown. This is annoying to say the least. I created a WMV file demonstrating the issue but this site does not allow that type of file to be uploaded. It is fundamentally easy to reproduce: double click on the title text of a score and start entering text. I looked to see if this had been reported before (surely it has) so regrets if this is a duplicate. Best regards.


First of all, this is the forum and a good place to start discussions of all bugs. There is an issue tracker that programmers use to keep track of bugs that need fixed.

I cannot reproduce this bug with the same Windows and MuseScore versions. Is this all files on your systems or did you only notice it on one?

In reply to by mike320

Mike, thank you for the speedy reply.

The problem occurs on all files I've tried imported from V2, xml, and newly created. One thing I notice is that the problem occurs only when there are spaces in the text. The default font is FreeSerif. Create a new file with a title that has one or more spaces. The more spaces, the worse the problem. Might I be missing required fonts on my system? I also notice that if I select the title text at the beginning (before the first character) and enter text, then the text is in another font (Agency FB.) That seems unintended as well. Below is a series of screen shots of me double clicking text and entering new text with spaces. Hopefully that will demonstrate the problem.

This was NOT a problem on version 2. I really wish I had stayed with that version as it had no issues that I was aware of. Is there a way to reinstall V2? I no longer have the msi file for that or I would have done that already. Shot1.JPG Shot2.JPG Shot4.JPG Shot5.JPG

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In reply to by shelley_heard

Just a few comments without trying to test anything. First, FreeSerif is internal to MuseScore, you would be more likely to run into problems if you have it installed as an external font. There is a known bug that if you move to the start of most text items, the font in the Text toolbar changes depending upon the system. You also get a different font of you move to the end of the text item. This is not unique to Title text. I tried a couple of things and still don't have an issue with the cursor being in the wrong spot. Hopefully someone will be able to reproduce the problem so it can be addressed. There are people better at reproducing problems than I am.

You still have version 2 on your computer unless to took action to delete it. You can still find it under your .../Program Files (x86)/MuseScore 2 folder. You can create a shortcut to it to use it if you want. Don't give up totally on MuseScore 3. It is still a work in progress and one day will be far better than version 2 could have ever been if I have anything to say about it.

In reply to by mike320

Thanks Mike;

I do not have FreeSerif installed (not listed in my MS fonts.)

I made the judgement error of uninstalling V2 and deleting the MSI. So, I have no choice it seems than to stick with V3. BTW, I have huge respect for the developers and support staff that make this program available. I'll be patient. One thing I do miss is being able to position system text anywhere I want (now its restricted to above / below staff with limits on range.) That was a big change and I imagine there are philosophical reasons for that. Would love to have a "free" text element that could be place anywhere on the score (is there one I haven't found?) I produce my lesson material with Musescore and like to mark up the scores with notes, etc.

Again, thanks for the assistance and for your time. Cheers.

In reply to by shelley_heard

There are almost no new limits on what you can do in positioning items in version 3, just some new methods to learn. If you want to reposition a text item and other things move that you don't want to move, then remove the check from "Automatic placement" in the inspector for the item you are moving. It will then stop influencing the other items. Keep in mind, this may mean you have to disable auto placement in other items if they already occupy the destination for the text you are moving so you can adjust their position as well.

I see that drowo@gmx.net provided a link to 2.3.2 if you want to use that while version 3 is being stabilized. There are a lot of friendly people here from around the world who will help you understand if something does not work the way you expect in version 3.

In reply to by mike320

Thank you Mike; I will have to find the document on V3 changes and study it as that will likely result in a happier user experience for me. I think I just jumped into V3 expecting it to be a trivial learning curve; Automatic placement is something I overlooked; unchecking it has resolved that issue for me. Again, thanks for your time and patience with this noob.

In reply to by shelley_heard

The Handbook link under Support in the menu at the top of this page links to the version 3 handbook, which is still very much a work in progress. This is a community effort. You may feel free to edit it if you find it lacking an explanation or use the Documentation forum to comment on it if you prefer.

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