Musescore 4 playback speed

• Dec 19, 2022 - 23:39

How do you change the playback speed in Musescore 4.

It was easy in Musescore 3 with the play panel, but I cannot find any way to do it.

Has anyone solved this one?


In reply to by jade22221

Thanks for your reply. I tried clicking on the dots and dragging. It moved the bar with the icons around the score, but I could not find a tempo slider or anything that resembled the Play Panel in MS3. I might have done something wrong in the process, but any additional help would be appreciated.

In reply to by fredcooper46

Well, I'm not sure why you're not able to see the tempo slider. If you lft-click and drag the 6 dots down a bit, you should see the word "Tempo" at the bottom left of the play panel, and to the right of the word Tempo is a slider that will be at 100% by default -- you can drag that slider to your desired playback speed.

In reply to by lydiafromsemaphora

I do like that it is a percentage, saves doing math when you want to hear it at half speed etc. If there are tempo changes in the piece, all sections will play at a percentage of the original. Which is good.

But it is strange that you need to undock the toolbar to see it, I also thought it wasn't there until I saw a forum post explaining how to see it.

In reply to by MK140221

> How do you change the playback speed in Musescore 4.

I found the the answer here as I could not find it intuitively (thanks!):


My suggestion is to make the tempo slider available under a toggle button. To get some inspiration for improvement, Capella has a very powerful tempo change interface for practicing purposes:


I miss a (1 bar) count-in metronome when pressing the playback button, correct?

In reply to by Erriez

Thanks for this video.

How on earth is one supposed to figure that out?

These types of 6-point-grab-icons are commonly used in sofware to move toolbars around, but completely new buttons appearing when un-docking the panel?
I've been using and programming GUIs for 24 years and I would never have guessed that.

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