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.


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.


In the previous →"Basics" chapter you learn how to enter notes and interact with the palettes. 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.


There are many types of text available in MuseScore: Staff text, System text, Lyrics, Chord symbols, Dynamic markings, Fingerings, Figured bass, Tempo, Rehearsal marks etc. Many of these are accessible from the main menu via AddText; others can be found in the Palettes.


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, MuseScore 2.0.1 Release Notes, MuseScore 2.0.2 Release Notes, MuseScore 2.0.2 is released, 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...


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.