Properties panel

    The Properties panel shows settings for objects you select in the score. It was known as the “Inspector” in MuseScore 2 and 3.

    You can select one object (say, a dynamic mark) or multiple objects at a time (say, a dynamic mark, a notehead, and a hairpin). If any of the objects you have selected contains editable settings, Properties will be the place to find them.

    An important thing about Properties is that by default it affects only the object(s) you have selected, so changing how one hairpin looks won’t change all of the hairpins in your score—only those you have selected. However, for most settings, you can also choose to save as the default style for the score.

    Accessing the Properties panel

    From the Score window, click on the Properties tab in the panel on the left side of the screen:

    Image of Properties panel with mouse cursor

    Global settings

    This is what the Properties panel looks like when you have nothing selected in your score. All these settings affect your entire score (not just individual elements):

    Image of Properties panel with nothing selected

    Show

    • Invisible: hides/shows all invisible objects in your score
    • Frames: hides/shows Frames
    • Formatting: hides/shows formatting elements added from the layout palette
    • Page margins: hides/shows the page margin

    Score appearance

    • Empty staves: hides/shows staves that contain no notated music within a system. This setting mirrors the Hide empty staves within systems settings in the Style dialog.
    • Page settings triggers the Page settings dialog.
    • Style settings triggers the Style dialog.

    General settings

    Visible

    Click this box to hide/unhide selected elements. The keyboard shortcut V (toggle) does the same thing.

    This command hides/unhides elements in any exported medium (print, pdf, image), but if you still want to see the hidden elements (rendered opaque) in your edit window, make sure that ViewShowShow invisible is checked in the menu bar.

    Auto-place

    The workings of this feature are described in more detail in Positioning elements. You can switch it off and on for selected elements by unchecking/checking the box.

    Cue size (notes only)

    This feature is used to create small cue notes: i.e. musical notes on the score that provide information to players but are not themselves played. Checking the box makes any selected noteheads smaller, and this includes their stems and any attached beams.

    Playback (notes only)

    See Noteheads: Pitch information

    Appearance settings

    Leading space

    This changes the leading space of selected elements: i.e. the space in front of the element. The leading space adjustment is applied across all staves, so that notes at the same time position remain aligned.

    Measure width

    This changes the width of the measure as a proportion of the original width: e.g. 1.5 = one and a half times the default width.

    Minimum distance

    This is used by the auto-place collision avoidance algorithm and applies only to elements that are applied above/below the staff by default, such as staff text, dynamics, fingerings, lines etc. It sets the minimum distance (in sp.) of the selected objects from other elements that are closer to the staff, or the staff itself.

    Offset

    When newly applied, elements assume a default position. The horizontal/vertical offsets give you a more precise way of positioning an element than dragging it or moving with the keyboard arrows.

    Snap to grid

    This feature allows you to constrain drag operations to increments of a desired distance. First you need to check the Snap to grid box, then press Configure grid and set the desired horizontal/vertical step distances.

    You can switch Snap to grid on/off as required by checking/unchecking the box.

    Arrange

    The four buttons in this section control how overlapping elements are drawn. The Backwards button pushes the selected element below the next element in the stacking order, and To back send it all the way below all elements, including the staff lines. Conversely, Forwards and To front pushes the selected element above other elements.

    Color

    Click on this button to change the color of selected elements. Choose a preset or custom color or create your own by clicking on the + button. This is stored for future reference in the list of custom colors to the right.

    Saving and restoring default settings

    After changing any given setting, you can click the ... button adjacent to the setting to reveal a menu that allows you to either Reset the setting to the default for the score, or Save as default style for this score. The latter option is only available for properties that correspond to style settings, but this includes many of the properties in this panel.