Prevent jumpy line / page breaks during note entry in page mode by "auto stretching mode"

• Feb 25, 2020 - 21:32
Reported version
S5 - Suggestion
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While it is very much appreciated that Musescore does layout the score during note entry, it can be a pain in a** as well - when the layout causes the edited measure to jump to the next line or even page. This can happen also due to very subtle changes, like changing the pitch of existing notes which causes flat and sharp requiring or freeing up additional space like in the linked video:

You sometime have to downright search for where your measure-in-editing has gone this time. In any case it is disturbing the workflow.

It would be desirable to have a kind of "auto stretching mode" which can be evoked e.g. by a button, causing the system breaks to stay in place and increasing or decreasing layout stretch instead.


Yes of course. Continous mode is good for larger arrangements, but for a single instrument page view is more convenient. You have a lot more measures on screen.

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To me the solution is simply to make sure the view always repositions to keep the measure you are editing in view, And in my experience, this is already true, although no doubt some corner case falls through the cracks. So in order to investigate, we'd need you to attach the score you are having trouble with and give precise steps to reproduce the problem. Do be sure you are using the current version of MuseScore, as major improvements to this were made not long ago.

The video you linked to does not to me show a problem, BTW - the editing measure remains in view even when it necessarily moves. Having it literally stay in the same position even if you stuff it full of 64th notes and thus extend way off the page is not practical.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Marc: “make sure the view always repositions to keep the measure you are editing in view” would be a godsent — but only if it can be toggled on/off (i.e. “keep measure in view” vs. “keep position on page in view”), because during first note input and some later edits, it is needed, whereas during layouting it will be hindering in ⅔ of all cases or so. (And no, tieing it to Note Input mode isn’t going to cut it.)

That much is already true. We do reposition the view to keep the edited measure visible by default, but you can disable this via the “Pan score automatically” button in the toolbar. Although personally I don’t see it as hindrance; I virtually never enjoy not seeing the measure I am editing on, so I virtually turn this option off.