Copy and paste

MuseScore supports standard copy, cut and paste operations. These can be applied to a range of musical notes (e.g: to repeat a section of music, or shift a passage by a beat or a measure), or to other elements in the score (e.g: articulations, staff text, dynamics, fingering). Lines cannot be copied, but they can be duplicated (see →below).

Before clicking on the score to select, copy, cut or paste, press Esc to make sure you are not in note input mode.

Notes

You can copy or paste a passage of music or a single chord using the following:

Copy

  1. Click on the first note of your selection.
  2. Shift+Click on the last note of your selection. A blue rectangle highlights the region you selected. (For a single note or chord, as opposed to a range, hold down Shift and click on a note in the chord.)
  3. To copy, from the menu choose EditCopy or press Ctrl+C (Mac: +C). To cut, choose EditCut or press Ctrl+X (Mac: +X).

Paste

  1. Click on the note or measure where you want your pasted selection to begin.
  2. From the menu, choose EditPaste or press Ctrl+V (Mac: +V).

Note: It is possible to copy and paste the pitch of a note only (and no other properties), by clicking on the notehead and applying the standard copy and paste procedure. The pitch of the destination note changes to match that of the copied note but the duration remains the same.

Other elements

Other score element—such as staff text, dynamics, fingering, chord diagrams etc.—can be cut, copied and pasted one at a time. Articulations (sforzato, staccatto etc.), in addition, allow multiple selection.

Copy

  1. Select the element (or elements).
  2. To copy, from the menu choose EditCopy or press Ctrl+C (Mac: +C). To cut, from the menu choose EditCut or press Ctrl+X (Mac: +X).

Paste

  1. Click on the note where you want your pasted selection to begin.
  2. From the menu, choose EditPaste or press Ctrl+V (Mac: +V).

In the case of articulations, they are pasted to the destination notes in exactly the same order (continuous or intermittent) as they were in the initial selection.

Quick repeat

To quickly copy and paste a note, measure, or passage:

  1. Select a chord, measure, or passage as described above.
  2. Press R .

Musescore copies and pastes the selected notation to a point immediately after the last note in the selection. Any existing music in the destination range is replaced.

Duplicate

To instantaneously copy and paste a text element, line, or other object:

  1. Hold down Ctrl+Shift (Mac: +Shift), click on the element and drag it anywhere in the score.
  2. Release the mouse button, and the selected element is cloned to the new location.

Selection filter

It is possible to use a filter before copying a selection, to choose exactly what is going to be copied and then pasted.

  1. Enable the Selection Filter with F6 (Mac: fn+F6) or View Selection Filter

The Selection Filter will appear by default below the Palettes. It can be undocked and made into a floating window, and if that window is dragged directly onto the Palettes, or the Inspector, then both will be accessible in the same space via a tab at the bottom.

  1. Uncheck the boxes in the Selection Filter for things you don't want copied
    Example: Articulations and Slurs are unchecked.

    Selection filter, Articulations and Slurs unchecked

  2. Copy and paste as before
    (in the example, copy measure 4 and 5 and paste into measure 12 and 13)

  3. See the result—slurs haven't been copied:

    Result of  copy and paste

See also

If you want to change notes without altering the rhythm, you may combine transposition or re-pitch mode with copy and paste.