Save as template

• Feb 19, 2009 - 08:50

I would find it really useful if I could create my own templates for various scores and be able to save them as a template?


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Templates are just MSCZ file I think. So you can make one easily. You just need to save the file in MSCZ and copy it with the other ones in C:\Program Files\MuseScore 0.9\templates on windows.

In reply to by xavierjazz

Given that templates are just ordinary files, would you you propose it do that is different from an ordinary save? For 2.0, I gather there will be a user template folder; if nothing else, save as template could set the default folder to that.

Well, somewhat on the same lines . . . . For some reason, my created templates don't seem to show up in the template folder. By this, I mean that I can use them in MuseScore, but I cannot find the individual files on my computer (I realized this when I was trying to transfer it to a different computer).

In reply to by iHasCheese

Also, what OS, and what folder have you saved them to? I once had a similar situation using Wndows Vista - the display of available templates in MuseScore showed one thing, the display of that same folder in Windows explorer showed something else. It seemed to be some sort of odd OS caching bug, and it eventually went away - after a reboot, I guess.

I realize I'm answering a 5-year-old post, but I had a need for this. After reading the comments here, I poked around in the installation files to see how MuseScore does templates, and I got it working. As of this writing, I'm using version 2.0.3.

First, create a new score leaving the properties form blank. Create just the instrument list that you want, and then click the "finish" button. From this point forward, getting your instrument list to show up as a template is a matter of where you save the file you've created and how you name it.

Find the folder containing your MuseScore executable, and then drill down to App->MuseScore->templates. In the templates folder, you will see a list of folders with names beginning with two-digit numbers, a dash, and description. If your instrument list fits one of these categories, just go on in. If you want to create a new one, name it by using the next number, a dash, and a descriptive name. The number must be two digits, a dash, and a name with no spaces. Let's pretend you want to have a category for the ensembles you lead at Springville High School. Then your group name would be "09-Springville _High". Spaces are not allowed, but between the words in the name ("Springville_High"), the underbars will be displayed as spaces when you select a template in MuseScore.

Now you'll save the file in the folder you've chosen or created. You'll save the .mscz file with the same naming convention described above: a two-digit number, a dash, and a descriptive name. Again, spaces are not allowed, but underbars can represent the spaces in the text part of the name. For example "01-Beginning_Jazz_Class.mscz" and "02-Bluegrass_Club.mscz" will show up as "Beginning Jazz Class" and "Bluegrass Club" when MuseScore displays the list of available templates.

Enjoy!

In reply to by sbdunn

Five years ago it would indeed have been necessary to go to all that trouble :-). Now it is much simpler, just take any old score, no need to start from a blank one if you already have a complete one you'd like to use. Save it to your own Templates folder - don't mess with MuseScore's own folders - and you're done. No need for special naming either. User templates show up at the top of the templates list. The special naming scheme you describe is used within MuseScore's own pre-installed templates as a way of organizing them, but you don't need to follow it.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

But if you take an old score and save it as a template, it saves it with all the notes and other stuff not a blank score or am I missing something. If you open that score, now your template wont you have to delete all the notes and stuff from the old score before you can use it?

Lets say I have a score I want to use as a hymn template. If I save that as a template, then every time I open it I have to get rid of all the previous verses correct?

In reply to by Don9of11

If you just open it normally, then sure, it will still have the original notes etc. But if you create a new score by selecting it as a template from the template list in the Create New Score wizard, MuseScore automatically does the right thing. That is why you need to save the score to your Templates folder - so it shows up in that list. If you do that everything works out perfectly.

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