Delete old songs from library

• Feb 25, 2024 - 20:32

I have songs I want to delete. I have checked Google and that says: "To delete or remove a score from your MuseScore profile, click on the three-dotted icon ⋮ and select the 'Delete this score' option. You can find the three-dotted icon ⋮ on the score page, or via the Score Manager".
I do not know where to find the three-dotted icon. It also said, go the the cloud and delete songs. I don't think I have anything saved on the cloud. How do I clean up my library???????????


Google may be referencing help from a previous version. Assuming you are using version 4x and are saving your scores locally (I don't know about the cloud), then you can just go to the scores folder and delete the files you no longer want. They will no longer appear when you launch the program. The path on my computer is C:\Users\garyt\Documents\MuseScore4\Scores and yours should be similar, except reflecting your username.

In reply to by garytemp

I'm not sure, of course, but I believe that OP is not asking how to delete score files, but is asking how to remove scores from the list of scores on the Home tab of MuseScore. If he's not asking that, I am.

I don't want to delete the files, just the entries on that Home tab. In fact, as far as I can tell, deleting the files DOES NOT remove the entry from the Scores list on the Home tab.

And, at least for me, is empty. I never save scores there.

In reply to by TheHutch

The list on the Home tab is simply a list of links to the most recently used files. As far as I know, it is not yet possible to delete an individual entry there. You can only delete all entries (File -> Open recent -> Clear Recent Files). The scores stored in the score folder are of course not deleted!
But as far as I remember, there is a feature request to implement the deletion of a single entry.

In reply to by HildeK

a) Is it possible for me to add a note to that existing feature request? If so, do you know where I can find it? (I've never been involved with any feature request, so I don't know where to look.) I'd like to ask them to make it possible to store a FOLDER in that list (and none of the files therein).

b) When I click on File / Open Recent, there is no option to "Clear Recent Files". Only a list of ALL the files I've opened/created since I installed MS4: several hundred, the list takes nearly five minutes to scroll from top to bottom. I suspect that a sizeable majority of the files in this list no longer exist. And MS doesn't even remove the entry when it finds out that the file doesn't exist :-(

In reply to by TheHutch

Ok, I'd searched for you in the handbook :-). It seems to be different to MuS 3.
There I found:

 The recent list is located at:

and the section "Reverting to factory settings"

   Resetting Musescore app preferences may be necessary if your app's preferences are corrupted. 
   This deletes custom palettes and custom keyboard shortcuts, and clears out links to recent scores 
   under File menu and Home tab : Scores but will not delete any score files.

In reply to by HildeK

Where did you find that in the manual. I couldn't find anything about it.

However, some experimentation showed that you can manually edit the JSON file. Simply open it in a text editor and delete entries from the list. Be sure to delete WHOLE LINES from the list!

When I tried simply deleting the JSON (actually, just renamed it so I could "un-delete" it if necessary), it found an old copy of the Recent Files list (about 8 months old) somewhere. After a fair amount of digging, I found this old list in C:\Users[username]\AppData\Roaming\MuseScore\MuseScore4.ini under the [project] settings, the second item is recentList=, followed by a number of filepaths.

When I deleted that line from the INI file and launched MuseScore, it rebuilt the line as


Now the Recent Files list is empty and in so launching, MS built a new JSON file with no entries. I opened a file and the JSON file now shows only that file and the INI file still shows no values in its recentList.

I'm guessing that recentList in the INI file was used in an earlier implementation of MS4, and was not emptied or removed when MS4 moved to using the JSON file instead?

So, it is possible to empty or modify (!) the Recent Files list in MS4, just a PITA!!! :-)

In reply to by TheHutch

I found it here, search the site for "recent list" or "resetting":

I didn't realize that this command has completely disappeared. That's a real shame, because this list can get very long in MuS 4 - unlike MuS3: there is at least an upper limit on the number of entries (I think max 20 entries).

I remember one person who asked for the individual deletion of an entry and also wrote a feature request.

But what is a PITA? ( I am no native speaker...)

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