Un-docked widgets non intuitive to re-dock on macOS

• Dec 22, 2018 - 10:33
Reported version
Ergonomical (UX)
S4 - Minor

A docked widget can be undocked by
Dragging the window out of its docked position
Double-clicking the dock title bar
Click the undock icon on the right of the title bar just to the left of the window close [x]

Of the 3, only (c) is visually intuitive and gives an indication of a button (albeit small and no tooltip).

To (re-)dock the window
Dragging the window out of its docked position (this seems hit and mis for some windows)
Double-clicking the dock title bar
(c) is not available. This has come up multiple times on the forum (a sample)


May be related to Issue #279219: Inspector no longer docked at start

I recommend
add a button (could even be the same button, unless the Qt palette has a button/widget for (re-)dock)
Add a tooltip, “Undock/Dock” (optional “window” e.g. “Undock/Dock window”
(I was hoping to suggest “Undock/Redock” but redock does not seem to be a much used term)


You can't even re-dock at all on Mac. It's literally just impossible to re-dock the Palette. No amount of double-clicking or praying can fix it. Please. Add a button.

I've used Musescore on mac for two years, and just updated to v3. Looking at it now, I think I undocked the inspector the first time I used Musescore and couldn't put it back, so I gave up and hid the panel. Then for all this time I just forgot that any of that functionality existed in Musescore. Now I've undocked it again in v3, so I guess I'll factory reset the application because it seems that's the only way to fix this.

A 'dock/undock' toggle inside the panel would seem like the most intuitive solution.

It would also be really nice to be able to dock other windows, like the mixer. Clicking and dragging to juggle five windows is a pain (I do some transcribing so I usually have a second application onscreen that I'm transcribing from).

Status active needs info

Are you saying the standard method of simply dragging to the docking icon doesn't work on your particular systems? Works fine for me. Can someone give a precise series of steps to reproduce a problem with using this standard method?

Adding double-click as an additional method would be fine too, of course.

All of these problems seem to be with Mac. On windows I can double click a window's title bar to dock it, as long as it's dockable.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Marc: I'm using Musescore on OSX 10.14.3, on a 2013 macbook. I click and drag the Inspector panel by its header bar, and try dropping it in various places with no result: on the right edge of the main window, inside the right area of the main window, or onto the right end of the toolbars. On most applications I can think of (eg Adobe products), there would also be a visual cue while dragging, to show when I've dragged the window to the right 're-docking location'. Something like a snap effect. I don't know if Musescore has that, but I don't see it.

I can also do what you describe on my windows system. It seems to be a Mac only problem. Don't any of the Mac developers have this problem?