Handbook

This handbook is for MuseScore version 2.0 and above. It is maintained by the MuseScore community. Find out how you can help.

Getting started

This chapter helps you to install and run MuseScore for the first time. The chapter will also show you how to create a new score.

Basics

The previous →"Getting started" chapter guides you through the installation and process for creating a new score. The "Basics" chapter gives an overview of MuseScore and describes the general methods for interacting with the score.

Notation

In the previous →"Basics" chapter you learn how to enter notes and interact with the palette. The "Notation" chapter describes the different types of notation in more detail, including more advanced music notation.

See also →Advanced topics further down and →Basics further up.

Sound and playback

MuseScore has "Sound and playback" capabilities built-in. This chapter covers the playback controls and ways to extend the instrument sounds beyond the built-in piano sound.

Text

The previous chapter covers text that affects playback tempo, but there are many other types of text available in MuseScore: lyrics, chord symbols, dynamic markings, fingering, figured bass, heading, rehearsal marks, plus many more. These are all accessible from the main menu via AddText.

For short generic text, use staff or system text. The difference between these two texts is whether you want it to apply to a single staff, or to the whole system. This makes a difference when extracting parts.

Formatting

Advanced topics

New features in MuseScore 2.0

For an overview about the new features, see What's New in MuseScore 2, MuseScore 2.0 Release Notes and Changes for MuseScore 2.0.
Documentation of new features are available in the chapter they belong to logically (except the one that is referring to upgrading from 1.3 to 2.0) , but for users coming from 1.x here's a collection of links to be able to see at a glance what can be done now...

Support

This chapter describes how to find help using MuseScore: the best places to look, the best way to ask a question on the forums, and tips for reporting a bug.

Appendix