Viewing and navigation
Viewing options for the score can be found in the View Menu, and also in the Zoom and Page View/Continuous view menus located in the toolbar above the score.
- Start center: F4
- Palettes: F9
- Master palette: Shift+F9
- Inspector: F8
- Play Panel: F11
- Navigator: F12
- Mixer: F10
- Selection filter: F6
- Piano keyboard: P
- Zoom In: Ctrl++ (Mac: Cmd ++)
- Zoom Out: Ctrl +- (Mac: Cmd +-)
To set a specific zoom, use the dropdown menu in the standard toolbar to set the view magnification of the score (25–1600 %) or display it using the options "Page Width", "Whole Page", and "Two Pages" (scales related to the size of the window).
To return to 100% zoom use the shortcut Ctrl+0 (Mac: Cmd+0).
You can also zoom in and out by scrolling up or down while holding down the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key.
Show Status bar
The Status bar, at the bottom of the screen, gives information about selected score elements. Tick/untick this option to display or hide.
It is possible to split the document display so as to view two documents at once, or to view two different parts of the same document. Tabs allow you to chose which document to display in each view. You can drag the barrier separating the two scores to adjust the amount of space in the window devoted to each:
Documents Side by Side: Divides the window vertically into two score views.
Documents Stacked: Divides the window horizontally into two score views, one above the other.
This section allows you to display or hide various non-printing elements:
- Show Invisible: View/hide elements that have been made invisible for printing and export. If this option is ticked, invisible elements are shown in the score window as light gray.
- Show Unprintable: View/hide breaks and spacer symbols.
- Show Frames: View/hide the dotted outlines of frames.
- Show Page Margins: View/hide Page Margins.
Full Screen mode expands MuseScore to fill your screen so more content is visible.
In Page View, you can see your sheet music formatted as it will appear when printed or exported as a PDF or image file. In Continuous View, the score will be shown as one unbreaking system.
Note that when switching between Page View and Continuous View, the score is reformatted for the new view and manual adjustments may require reviewing.
You can switch viewing modes here:
In Page View, the score is shown as one or more pages of a specific size with margins, and you can see all lines and page breaks, including those added manually and those automatically calculated by the software. (Manual page breaks can be helpful to have well-placed page turns in orchestral parts, for example.)
In Continuous View, the score will be shown as one unbreaking system. If the starting point is not in view, then a substitute form of measure numbers, instrument names, clefs, time and key signatures will be displayed.
Before printing a score or uploading it to MuseScore.com, switch to Page View to check line/page breaks.
Note: Because the layout is simpler, MuseScore may perform faster in Continuous View than Page View.
The Navigator is an optional panel which allows you to navigate a long score more easily, or go to specific pages. To view/hide, go to the View menu and select Navigator, or use the shortcut F12 (Mac: fn+F12). It appears at the bottom of the document window if scrolling pages horizontally, or on the right-hand side of the document window if scrolling pages vertically (see Preferences: Canvas).
The blue box represents the area of the score that is currently visible in the main window. You can drag either the blue box or the scroll bar, or click on an area to immediately go to it.
The Toolbar area is located between the Menu bar and document window. It contains symbols which allow you to perform certain operations. It can be divided into the following toolbars:
- File Operations: New score, Load score, Save, Print, Undo, Redo.
- Zoom/Page View.
- Transport tools: Enable MIDI, Rewind, Play/Stop, Loop, Play Repeats, Metronome.
- Concert Pitch: Displays score in written or concert (sounding) pitch.
- Image Capture: Allows you to take a snapshot of part of the score.
- Note Input: Note entry mode, Duration, Tie, Rest, Accidentals, Flip stem direction, Voice (1, 2, 3, 4).
To chose which toolbars to display, right-click on an empty space in the toolbar area and, from the menu, check or uncheck the required options. This menu also allows you to view or hide the Piano keyboard, Selection sidebar, Text tools, Palettes, and the Inspector.
The workspaces, Inspector and Selection filter are conveniently displayed as side panels to the left and right of the score window. To undock a side panel use one of the following methods:
- Drag the panel;
- Click on the double chevron at the top of the panel;
- Double click in the title area at the top of the panel.
To redock a panel use one of the following procedures:
- Drag the panel to the top/bottom of an existing side panel and it will stack vertically above/below that panel.
- Drag the panel to the middle of an existing side panel and it will overlay that panel. Both panels can then be accessed by tabs.
Alternatively, double-clicking the title bar of the panel will restore it to its previously docked position.
The Find function allows you to speedily navigate to a specific measure, rehearsal mark or page number in the score:
- Press Ctrl+F (Mac: Cmd+F), or select Edit → Find. This opens the Find (or Go to) bar at the bottom of the workspace.
- Use one of the following options:
- To go to a measure, enter the measure number (counting every measure starting with 1, irrespective of pickup measures, section breaks or manual changes to measure number offsets).
- To go to a rehearsal mark, enter its name (the first character must be a letter for it to be "found", but subsequent text can be letters or numbers; the search is case insensitive).
- To go to a numerical rehearsal mark (esp. one that does not match the measure number), enter the number using the format rXX (where XX is the rehearsal mark. To find a rehearsal mark that starts with "R" use rrXX. To find a rehearsal mark that starts with "P" and continues with a number, use rpXX). This works starting with version 2.1.
- To go to a page, enter the page number using the format pXX (where XX is the page number; this also means that prior to version 2.1 you won't find a rehearsal mark that starts with "P" and continues with a number).