Show sharp and flat signs throughout song

• Mar 3, 2024 - 19:08


I find it difficult to read music in various keys without pencilling in the sharps and flats for myself to see.

This takes so much time to do - is there a way in either the Musescore app or website to automatically display the sharps and flats throughout the score?

Thanks so much


Given the following example prerequisites:

     • you have a museScore .mscz document in the key of E, meaning
     • the E key signature (4 starts) is set at the start of the score
     • you have entered a scale (or melody largely conforming to the E major scale.)

... you'll see:

     • 4 sharps at the start of each line (in order: F, C, G and D)
     • Any time there's an F#, C#, G# or D# in the score MuseScore will not display those sharp signs
       (which is in accord with standard practice, because they're implicit throughout by the signature)

However, it sounds like want to see the F#, C#, G# or D# accidentals throughout the score anyway. Which I can see as a worthy educational cause.

There are a couple of ways to instantaneously achieve your goal, but with the following suggestions your score will no longer show the key signature.

Select the first measure of the score (or wherever you want the effect to begin)

a) set the key signature to C —i.e. no sharps or flats

— or —

b) set the key signature to Open/Atonal — depicted in the Key Signature palette by a large gray X instead of sharps or flats

I don't know a way to achieve this effect while simultaneously retaining the E key signature. But there may be a way. If so, perhaps someone else can contribute a solution.


Can you please be specific if your instructions are being done on the app on a mobile device, or the website on a mobile device, or the website on a laptop/computer? I am looking for steps that apply when viewing someone else's score so you can print it off with the sharp and flat signs put throughout the score.

In reply to by TrevboyMAR

I'm not a native speaker, but as I understand it, Marcus wants to see a result like the one in my last picture. If this is what was meant, then this is my suggestion:

You must load the score into the MuseScore program which runs only on a PC / Notebook.

Starting point, a score e.g. in Fmaj:


Switch to atonal/open key. This is not absolutely necessary, but it is easier to see which notes have accidentals:


The key signature is now lost, but all the accidentals are there. Perhaps this is already fine for you.

However, if you want to keep the key signature, select all flat notes (B flat, E flat ...) and use the accidentals palette to place a flat accidental.
Repeat this with all notes with a sharp (F#, C# ...) and place the sharp accidental.

You can make this selection for all Bb, Eb, F# or similar with 'Select -> More... -> same note name'.
Then apply the original key again, in this case Fmaj, and you will get this result:


Done with MuS 3.6.2

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