Adding the Navigator and Virtual Piano palettes to open by default when a score opens

• Sep 5, 2022 - 19:32

Hi. Sorry for another post, but ...

I want both the Virtual Piano and Navigator palettes to open and display, along with all my other open palettes, whenever I open ANY score. When I save a score and reopen them, these palettes do not open by default. Is there a way to tell MuseScore to open these two palettes whenever I open any MuseScore file?


Indeed, MuseScore normally starts up with whatever window configuration you last used. But you can also create different workspaces (see control at far right of toolbar) with different configurations. Lots of flexibility here.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Marc and JoJo:

MuseScore does not load all the palettes I used last, when I reopen it ... at least my version does not. If I have the Navigator palette and the virtual keyboard open, save the score, then close it, when I click on it to reopen it, neither palette reopens. I have to physically click the palette menu again to get them both reopened. Try it yourself. If they open for you and not for me, then something is wrong with my copy of the software.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Thanks. I did check the box and saving my palettes work fine. Appreciate the tip. It doesn't work for the virtual piano, but Marc explained that below. I will wait for MuseScore 4.0 to fix it, hopefully. It is not a problem to press "P" to open the piano, but it will be nice when I can save it when I close a score. Thanks again.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

JoJo: Jut doesn't happen with me. I have clicked the "Continue With Last Session". When I click the Save button and click the close X on top of MuseScore, then double-click its file name to reopen it, the Piano keyboard does not open. I have to press the "P" key, then use the CTRL key + mouse wheel to shrink the piano so I can see the music better. Is there perhaps a check box somewhere that sets my piano to continue upon reopen?

In reply to by fsgregs

BY starting MuseScore from a specific score rather than the usual way of using the program icon, you are bypassing the "continue with last session" and lots of other things about how MuseScore usually starts. So, don't do that - just do what I've been saying - starting MuseScore normally on Monday morning, and don't ever close it. Close scores, sure, open scores from within MuseScore, sure. But no reason to ever close MsueScore really. Maybe once a week just for fun.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Marc: OK, I am going to use screenshots to demonstrate.

Here is screenshot 1. It shows the score I am working on, with Navigator and Piano Keyboard working.


Now, I will close the score by clicking the small "X" on the tab at the top of the score, but leave the program open: Notice that the score area is blank, there is no Navigator and NO piano.


Now, I will open the same score, using the Open menu in the "File" tab at the top. The score is back and Navigator is again displayed, but the piano is NOT there.


I do have "Continue With Last Session" checked in the Preferences menu. So, maybe I am closing or opening the score incorrectly??, or there is some glitch in my version of the program?

In reply to by fsgregs

Again, continue last session is only relevant *when you start MuseScore normally - from the program icon, start menu, task bar, etc. It has bearing on what happens after you've started it.

As also mentioned previously, there is a separate bug where the piano keyboard indeed disappears if no score is loaded. So if you want to save yourself the fraction of a second it takes to press "P", just don't close all your scores - always leave one open, such as the default empty score you'd normally see when not using the continue last session option. I always leave that open for experimentation while working on other scores, but if you want the piano keyboard to stay visible, all the more reason to.

But even if you accidentally do close all scores, as long as you leave MuseScore open, when you do press "P" to bring back the piano keyboard, it comes back at the same size you left it. Only if you completely close and restart MuseScore does the size reset to the default.

So again, if you just leave MuseScore open, then the worst that ever happens is, you need to spend a fraction of a second pressing "P" when you open a score, if you previously made the mistake of closing all scores. But if you just leave one score open always, you won't even need to do ever press "P" but once a week or whatever..

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

OK, I got it. I don't want Musescore always running, perhaps because I have always learned that all running programs take up CPU, RAM and Memory, but relaunching it when I return to my score & pressing the "P" key is easy and even resizing takes only a moment. I just wanted to make sure my copy of Musescore was not broken.

Thanks for your help.

In reply to by fsgregs

First, to clarify, the navigator is not a palette, it's, well, the navigator. The palettes are the palettes - the window at left (by default) where you enter symbols into the score. Similarly, the piano keyboard is not a palette. So be sure you're looking for the correct terms when browsing the menus and the Handbook, etc.

Anyhow, in general, MuseScore opens with either the same configuration it closed with, or the settings in Edit / Preferences. But indeed, there is a known bug where that doesn't apply to the piano keyboard window - see #317190: After restarting program, visibility of piano keyboard is not restored

So for now, you'll have to continue to press "P" to open it when you first start the program for the day, or the week, or however long you typically leave MuseScore running. No need to continually close and reopen any of these every time you close or open a score - once any of those windows are opened, they stay open no matter how many scores you look at.

In reply to by fsgregs

To clarify further; program settings aren't saved with the score, they are program-wide. So if the bug is fixed, it still wouldnb't be the case that opening a score from within MuseScore would magically open the piano keyboard if it wasn't open already. Just open the piano keyboard once on Monday, and leave it open while you open as many hundreds of scores as you want for the rest of the week. That's already how it works today, no need to wait for 4.0.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Absolutely not the case with my version of MuseScore ( I always have the Piano keyboard open and when I "save" the score and close Musescore, then reopen the score I am working on, the piano does NOT reappear. I have "Continue With Last Session" box checked in the Preferences menu, but it does not happen. I have to press the "P" key, then adjust its size with the Ctrl+Mouse3 buttons. Even if I leave the size alone, it still does not reappear.

In reply to by fsgregs

Again, I acknowledged there is a bug where this window specifically doesn't get remembered. So, don't close MuseScore, There is no reason to. Just leave it open, piano keyboard and all. Then open and close as many scores from there, all with ever closing MuseScore or re-opening it.

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