Navigator view is not persistent

• Oct 18, 2019 - 11:58

The view options appear to be persistent (OK, I haven't exhaustively checked every view option), with the exception of the navigator. I can't imagine why anyone would want to work without the navigator, but it should at least be a persistent option. Please.
(v 3.2.3 on Ubuntu 18.04)


The navigator shouldn't be needed or even particular useful except with extremely large scores. Perhaps you aren't aware you an scroll esily with the mouse wheel / touch gesture (e.g., two-finger swipe), also the usual navigation keys on the keyboard like Home, End, PgUp, PgDn, etc. Also Ctrl+F to jump to particular measures, pages, or rehearsal marks. With all those ways to navigate that don't steal screen space, I haven't used the navigator in years.

I never use the navigator or the timeline that was introduced around version 3.0. I scroll using the mouse wheel, ctrl+the mouse wheel or use the find feature to find different places in the score. ctrl+f activates find. A number gives you a measure, r followed by a rehearsal mark gives you a rehearsal mark and p followed by a number gives you a page.

In reply to by mike320

I'm about 50-50 when it comes to using the navigator/mouse-wheel. As Marc says, for larger scores, the navigator is pretty useful. To scroll between adjacent pages, I'm more likely to use the mouse-wheel, but as I am prone to miscellaneous clicks, I am cautious of inadvertent edits that I have to later hunt down and eliminate.
The actual information that the navigator gives is pretty minimal, so I understand why some people think it is a needless drain on CPU resources. I like to size the navigator just large enough that I get a feel for the overall texture and energy of a score.

I also often use the mouse to scroll between pages. The navigator becomes really useful when doing a copy and paste of many bars. Click on the first bar, navigate to the last bar and shift click there. Dragging the mouse moves the whole page.

In reply to by Pansmanser

To be clear: no one is talking about using the muse to drag pages. I eprsonally kind of wish that feature would just go away. We're talking about using the mouse wheel, or the equivalent touch gesture (two-finger swipe, possibly with Shift - however your particular device is configured). So, click first bar, two-finger swipe to scroll to the last bar, Shift+click. Or, forget the scroll and just use Ctrl+Shift+Right to extend the selectin a abr at a time - often that's faster in unless it's really a lot of bars. But still, even in that case, two-finger swipe is all you need. Or, Shift+Ctrl+End to select all the way to the end.

Not trying to talk you out of using the navigator, just giving suggestions for ways of working that many of us find much more efficient.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I only commented because the OP said he couldn't imagine not using the navigator. I work with HUGE scores and never use the navigator so I explained how I do it. If I decided to use the navigator or timeline, I would probably opt for the timeline since landmarks on the score are displayed prominently.

In reply to by Pansmanser

Fair enough, but you might consider turning it on when using MuseScore as really, the iinterface is built around the idea that you will have a scrolling device. The Navigator works in a pinch but is nowhere near as useful as scrolling in general. Or, if you are worried about accidentally brushing your finger on the touchpad, consider an external mouse or other pointing device.

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