How To

How to highlight measures
For analysis or to emphasize a part
How to create graphics (with transparent background) with PowerPoint and import them into MuseScore
A quick and easy way to import images or graphics with transparent background created with Microsoft PowerPoint into MuseScore via copy&paste
How do I make a 2-measure repeat with working playback?
Unfortunately, MuseScore 2.0 does not have a built-in 2-measure repeat function (with or without playback). Here is Shoichi's workaround to create one:
How to restore sound if playback stops working
Occasionally, when something about MuseScore's installation is changed, playback will stop working. This how-to describes how to get playback working again.
MuseScore installation error: This file does not have a program associated with it to perform this action.
This problem occurs when windows doesn't know how to open the .msi extension.
How to fix a score that contains corruptions
Occasionally when importing a score created with an older version of MuseScore into MuseScore 2 (or sometimes when importing a MusicXML file), a dialog box will appear warning "File corrupted", with the option to Cancel opening the score, Ignore the corruption and continue, or Show Details about the corruption. A corrupted score cannot be uploaded to Fortunately, it's easy to fix these corruptions using MuseScore 2.
How to copy lyrics, or lyrics with rhythm
copying lyrics from one staff to another. That tip requires the same rhythm
How to recover a backup copy of a score (MuseScore 2)
If one of your scores becomes lost, corrupted, or not openable, there's a chance that MuseScore saved a copy somewhere on your computer.
How to change instrument sound (e.g. pizz., con sordino) midway through score
Do you have a strings part you want to be played back as pizzicato for only a few measures? Or a trumpet part you want to sound muted for a section? You can actually get MuseScore to play it with the different sounds, just like an actual person reading the music would.
How To do more exercises on one page
with different key and time signatures on one page
How to create an ossia (ornament explanation) with image capture
Here is a workaround to producing an ossia, via image capture.
How to simulate "grid and ruler"
to align the elements of a score
How to position the fingering.
Circled numbers are commonly reserved for strings
How to condense a score
Hiding instruments that do not play
How to make notes in unison overlapping
when they have different values
How to silence a note
or make a precise dynamic
How to add a block of text to a score
For additional stanzas of lyrics or to add annotations, etc. This is a tutorial for MuseScore 1, and does not apply to MuseScore 2.
How to get scores without time signature (and clef)
for the music of the XIV century and other occasions.
How to move lyrics
For two voices on the same staff
How to split a measure
How to split a measure, so you can have a line break or a (working) repeats barline in the middle of a regular measure
How to align the notes
with the lyrics of a score for the sung part
How to insert Lyrics
or reinsert them after the modifications to the score
How to change the SoundFont
to have a custom reproduction, for example to classical music, for jazz or pop.
How to recover a backup copy of a score (MuseScore 1.x)
If one of your scores becomes lost, corrupted, or not openable, there's a chance that MuseScore saved a copy somewhere on your computer.
How to delete measures
Want to delete measures? Select them and Delete Selected Measures
How to run MuseScore as Administrator on Windows
Sometimes MuseScore requires all privileges to be able to work properly for certain tasks (e.g. finding your printers). The solution is to run MuseScore as Administrator.
How to edit or create a new instrument
Want to add an instrument to the selection in the New Score Wizard? Read further.
How to open Sibelius files in MuseScore
Want to transfer your sheet music collection from other music notation software? Use MusicXML.
How to edit a SoundFont
MuseScore generates sounds using a SoundFont. If you are not happy with a sound, you may want to edit the soundfont, combine several soundfonts etc...
How to have a score, or part, with every measure numbered and rehearsal markings throughout
In MuseScore, rehearsal marks in a score normally end up duplicating the measure number, instead of replacing it.
How to change the language in MuseScore
Want to change MuseScore to another language?
How to merge/combine/implode two staves in one with two voices
If you require more space for your score, you could merge two staves into one.
How to delete a score saved on
Want to delete a score shared on
How to synchronize your score with a YouTube video
Want to create a videoscore on
How to install MuseScore on Windows without administrator rights
Want to install new software and don't have administrator rights? Use a portable version of MuseScore.
How to create a tempo text
Want to add a tempo to your score? Use a tempo text.
How to span a chord or stem over two staves
A chord spreading over two staves
How to input multiple notes on a staff with different durations
Voices allow you to have notes on a single staff which occur at the same time, yet have different durations.
How to span a measure over multiple systems
If measures are too long to fit on a single system, a solution is to place a system break in the middle.
How to place a beam between notes
If two neighbouring notes have contrasting vertical positions and share a beam, it may be preferable to situate it between the notes instead of below or above them.
How to create strum patterns
Strum patterns are often used for instruments such as guitar.
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