Text basics

    Add text

    To add a text-based element to the score, use one of the following general methods:

    • Keyboard shortcut: For example, press Ctrl+Tto enter Staff text , Ctrl+L to enter Lyrics, and so on.
    • Menu command: AddText allows you to chose from a range of text-based elements.
    • Workspace: Select a note and double-click an icon in one of the palettes; or, alternatively, drag a symbol from a palette onto the staff. e.g. Swing text, Tempo text etc.

    Notes: (1) The exact method depends on the type of text you are adding (see Text). (2) For general-purpose text boxes attached to staves, see Staff and system text.

    Format text

    Every text-based element in the score has three levels of formatting:

    Text Style

    This is the top level of formatting and affects all text elements in the score of a particular class. All staff text, for example has a unique text style, as do tempo markings, lyrics, chord symbols and so on. MuseScore comes with many predefined text styles, which can be customized, but you are also free to create your own.

    To edit the text style of a class of elements, use any of the following methods:

    • From the menu bar, select StyleText….
    • Right-click on some text and select Text Style….

    Note: Changing a text style affects all text objects in the score which use that style.

    See also, Text styles.

    Text Properties

    This is the next level down in the formatting hierarchy and affects the style of the text in one specific text object only. To edit the text properties for that object—and no other:

    • Right click on the text and select Text Properties….

    See also, Text properties.

    Text editing

    While editing the actual text in a text element, you can also apply specific formatting to individual characters, using basic formatting options such as Bold, Italic, font, font size, subscript and superscript. To edit text:

    • Double click on the text, or
    • Right-click on the text and select "Edit element," or
    • Click on the text and press Ctrl+E (Mac: Cmd+E).

    See also, Text editing.

    Adjust position of text objects

    To position a text object, use any of the following methods:

    • Drag the object.
    • Select the object and adjust the horizontal or vertical offset values in the Inspector.
    • Select the object and apply any of the following keyboard shortcuts:
      • : Move text left 0.1 staff space.
      • : Move text right 0.1 staff space.
      • : Move text up 0.1 staff space.
      • : Move text down 0.1 staff space.
      • Ctrl+ (Mac: +): Move text left one staff space.
      • Ctrl+ (Mac: +): Move text right one staff space.
      • Ctrl+ (Mac: +): Move text up one staff space.
      • Ctrl+ (Mac: +): Moves text down one staff space.

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