Add general text to file

• May 24, 2016 - 21:30

Is there a way to add regular text - composer text, guidance text, etc -
somehow in a Musescore 2.0 file? Looked through Manual; can't find anything on
this. Would be helpful as I modify piano arrangements to help keep track of
what I did.


In reply to by Shoichi

Good tips guys. For general text in a score, I find the inserting a text frame method works best (thanks cerv66campy).

My need was to get 'general' text at the start of the score, just below the Title object, so I can document the score's pipe organ registration settings (which can be quite detailed).

I found two ways to do this, both using menu 'Add' - 'Frames' - 'Insert Text Frame'.

The first way involves first selecting the first bar of the first staff, then clicking 'Add' - 'Frames' - 'Insert Text Frame'. This gives you a text box at the top of the score that will stay automatically placed while you edit your score.

The second way is more versatile, in that you will need to position the text frame manually, but you can place your text exactly where you want it. Add or select the score's Title frame object, then click your menu items 'Add' - 'Frames' - 'Insert Text Frame'. Your new text frame will appear at the very top of the score, from where you can then manually drag it to position it where you want (i.e. unclicked 'Automatic placement'). Note that this second method may require you to keep an eye on its position and move it again to keep things where you want them as you edit your score.

In reply to by Lofo

If the goal is to have the text between the title and the start of the score, you should add it to the first measure. Then it will appear in the right place already, no need to adjust anything unless you want to, and definitely no need to disable autoplace. It won't move if the score layout changes. But if you are trying to place text near a particular measure, don't use this method at all, just add Staff Text (Ctrl+T), then it will automatically move with the measure.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks Marc - I think that was my first way above? In the image below, the top registration was from inserting a frame after selecting the 'Title' box, the second from inserting after selecting the first bar of the first staff. Notice the funny way I had to create the prall with an F-flat - I searched the forums but to get it to play properly ended up changing the key for one bar, before changing it back to G-major after that bar. Not sure if there's a better way to do this (although this was done in MuseScore 2, I've now got 3 so there may be a new feature I'm not aware of).

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In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Re using the bar-linked text to avoid manual positioning: gotchya, that makes more sense and is 'safer'. While MuseScore seems pretty logical with its text (or any object in fact) positioning, I find I get some weird results whenever I 'over-position' objects manually, with them disappearing off the page after they hit a certain size for example.

Also, thanks for the reference on how to make the flat-prall - I hadn't seen that forum message before.
I must admit it seemed a bit odd initially (i.e. positioning a 1/32 F flat note directly on the main E of the prall), but it works. Much neater than my workaround of changing the key for just this bar.

Attached is an image containing the finished results, and the instructions I used - it plays perfectly, and looks more in keeping with the overall score, Bach being pretty precise with these things, and the passage sounding harmonious with that somewhat counterintutive F-flat in the prall!

(Note: while it's not mentioned in the forum message, I'm assuming the note being added is a 1/32, for a 1/16 set of notes, per the timing in a prall, like a trill). With the attached image, I keep these little MuseScore scores in a tips folder for future reference - most useful when you discover a way to do something slightly obscure!

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