Automatic placement

Updated 2 weeks ago

    MuseScore initially places elements in the score according to the default properties specified in Style. And if elements have automatic placement enabled, MuseScore attempts to avoid collisions by moving one or more of them as needed.

    Default position

    The default position for most elements is controlled by their style settings. The specific properties you can set vary by element type but may include:

    • Placement: Whether the element appears above or below the staff.
    • Position above / below: By setting X and Y offsets.
    • Offset: For elements with no "Position above/below" properties, this is used to specify the default position.
    • Autoplace min distance: Minimum distance from other elements when autoplace is enabled.

    For details of the settings available for each element type, see Layout and formatting: Style.

    To change the default position:

    Use one of the following methods:

    • From the menu, select FormatStyle; chose an element type and then adjust the placement/position settings.
    • Select a relevant element in the score and change the placement/position settings in the Inspector; then press the Set as style" button (S) to update the Style settings.

    Manual adjustments

    After an element had been automatically placed, it's position can be changed manually using one of the following methods:

    • Select the element and adjust the X and Y offsets in the Inspector.
    • Drag and drop the element using the mouse.
    • Change to edit mode and move the element using the arrow buttons.

    If the element type can be placed both above or below the staff, you can change the position by:

    • Changing the "Placement" settings in the Inspector
    • Using X to flip between above/below

    Note: When automatic placement is enabled for an element, you cannot position it in a way that causes a collision with other elements.

    Disabling automatic placement

    • Select the element and uncheck the "Automatic placement" box in the Inspector.

    The element reverts to its default position. It can be repositioned as desired and is no longer avoided when placing other elements.

    Stacking order

    To change the value for Stacking order:

    • Select the element and change the "Stacking order" value in the Inspector.

    In cases where elements are allowed to overlap, Stacking order controls the order in which they are placed on top of each other. The element with the lower value will be placed behind.

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