Adding and removing measures

    Inserting measures

    In MuseScore 4, measures can be inserted:

    • After the selection
    • Before the selection
    • At the start of the score
    • At the end of the score

    The Properties panel

    To insert one or more measures:

    1. Click on a measure
    2. Go to the Properties panel
    3. Click Insert measures in the Measure section
    4. Type the number of measures you wish to insert (or leave it as “1” to insert a single measure)
    5. Select where you want the measure(s) to be inserted from the dropdown menu (or leave it as is to insert the new measure(s) after the selection point)
    6. Click the + button

    This popup remains open until you click another part of the user interface. As such, you can continue pressing the + button as many times as you need to insert further measures.

    Adding measures (animated image)

    In addition, you can insert measures from one of two menus:

    Note input toolbar

    1. Select something in your score (can be anything except line objects)
    2. Click the + button in the Note input toolbar
    3. Navigate to Measures
    4. Choose where you want the new measure(s) to be inserted
    1. Select something in your score (can be anything except line objects)
    2. Click the Add in the Menu bar
    3. Navigate to Measures
    4. Choose where you want the new measure(s) to be inserted

    Inserting measures with keyboard shortcuts

    To quickly insert one measure before the selection point:

    1. Select something in your score (can be anything except line objects)
    2. Press Ins

    Insert more measures before the selection point by repeatedly pressing Ins.

    To quickly insert multiple measures before the selection point:

    1. Select something in your score (can be anything except line objects)
    2. Press Ctrl+Ins (Mac: +Ins)
    3. Type the number of required measures in the dialog that appears
    4. Click OK

    To append to the end of your score, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B (Mac: +B) for a single measure, or Alt+Shift+B (Mac: Option+Shift+B for multiple measures.

    Deleting measures

    To delete one or more measures using keyboard shortcuts:

    1. Select a measure (or hold Shift and select multiple measures)
    2. Type Ctrl+Backspace or Ctrl+Del (Mac: +Backspace or +Del).

    Alternatively,

    1. Select a measure (or hold Shift and select multiple measures)
    2. Right-click on any measure within the selection
    3. Select Delete measures

    You can also:

    1. Select a measure (or hold Shift and select multiple measures)
    2. Go to Tools
    3. Select Remove selected range

    Remove empty trailing measures

    To remove any empty measures at the end of your score:

    1. Go to Tools
    2. Select Remove empty trailing measures

    See also

    Other measure-related pages: