Comment, or "Sticky" feature

• Apr 17, 2018 - 22:29

I'd like a way to leave comments on a work in progress, sort of like using a sticky note. For instance, I am working on a choral arrangement of Wayfaring Stranger. It is a lot more complex then anything I have tackled before and, when I get stuck on one part, I often leave it for later and go to some other part. It would be great if there were a way to make notes to myself, reminding me of what I was thinking when I stopped.

Maybe this already exists but I just don't know about it.


There is no actual note tool, but you can make notes in the score yourself. Use staff or system text to remind you what you need to look at. You can then delete it when you are done with it. You have the ability to make custom text styles you can apply in this case. You could make a style called "Note to self" and change the display to be 16 point red bold letters that will be easier to find later. Once you enter the staff or system text, selected it and change the style in the inspector to your new style.

In reply to by mike320

This looks like quite an old comment, but it is something I'd also like. It is possible to jiggle around with the staff or system text, or also to use images, but it'd be useful to be able to put text in and also draw lines to link to specific bars or notes in the staves. There are obviously other ways to do this, but a feature like this - with perhaps yellow or some other sort of post-it note frame could be very useful.

Otherwise, is it possible to draw over a part of a Musescore file? Maybe Frames allow this - though some form of drawing tool would be needed.

This kind of feature could be useful for composers, and also performers. Composers could annotate bars or sections which need further attention. Performers could also write notes for themselves in their parts.

In reply to by jeetee

It's not so obvious how to install the workspaces. Is it the zip file which should be dragged and dropped, or the expanded file - a folder? Also, does this work with MS 3.6 on Catalina MacOS?

Doesn't appear to work for me - and I've tried a few variants.
Looks as though it could be good if I can get it to work.

In reply to by dave2020X

It's packaged as a MuseScore extension and you can install it in all MuseScore 3.3+ the following way.

  1. Download the file
  2. Open MuseScore
  3. Use your file browser to navigate to where you've downloaded the file (using Finder on Mac)
  4. Drag the file into the MuseScore window and drop it within the score area.

In reply to by jeetee

Download the file - Which file? What extension does it have?
I found some files under Education - including Big Note.mscx, Flash Card, Handout etc., which seem to install as you suggest, but nothing for a Workspace. The workspace files don't have recognisable extensions.

I'm using 3.6 under Catalina.

In reply to by jeetee

On my system I had to force a rename back to put the .muxt extension in. The early signs are that that's going to work.

It's no good just trying to change the extension as MacOS won't do it - and will try to create a file with a compound extension still including the .zip. There are ways to force the change.

So now I can get the text to appear - though how the arrows work I've not figured yet.

In reply to by jeetee

This is interesting to me! There is indeed only a MUXT file, but I could believe macOS would be outsmarting itself by showing the ZIP archives. Hopefully it's not doing something stupid like actually changing the filename, but if it did, just change it back to end in ".muxt". Then you should simply be able to drag it from Finder or whatever to MuseScore.

This would be a valuable feature. I'm actually surprised MS doesn't include it natively—I used it all the time in Sibelius.

When you reopen a score—to resume work on it, or where it requires special instructions or other notes—it's very helpful being able to see NON-PRINTING (important!) "sticky note" comments you've left in specific places. It shouldn't require a plugin, IMHO, or be restricted to the top of the score, etc. I hope this'll be added soon... Programmatically, it seems quite simple compared to actual notation, doesn't it? [wink, nudge] Cheers!

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