Release notes for MuseScore 2.0

MuseScore 2.0 is packed full of new features and improvements.

User interface

  • Continuous view - scroll horizontally through your score with no line or page breaks
  • Start Center - start-up window which lets you easily pick up your work in progress or create new scores—and includes old MuseScore Connect, which puts a MuseScore composer in the spotlight and links to the MuseScore music sharing website and social media
  • Inspector panel - easily alter parameters (e.g., positioning) of any element
  • Piano keyboard - on-screen piano keyboard for note entry
  • Customizable palettes and workspaces Basic and Advanced workspaces included by default, or define your own


  • Selection filter - choose which types of elements to select for copy and paste operations
  • Re-pitch mode - replace pitches without changing rhythms
  • Image capture mode - save rectangular selections as graphics
  • Explode/Implode - separate chords onto multiple staves, or combine multiple staves into chords
  • More precise manual adjustments - nudge nearly any element any direction with keyboard or Inspector

Musical notation

  • Tablature support - variety of tab notation styles for guitar, bass, lute, and more
  • Fret diagrams - easily create diagrams and set up your own palette of commonly used chords
  • Dynamic text styles - changes automatically apply to all elements with that style
  • New fonts - three musical fonts to choose from, with matching text fonts
  • Flexible chord symbols - enter chord symbols using any common spellings, including support for German and solfege note naming and lower case minor chords
  • Slash notation - fill selection with beat slashes, or convert notated rhythms to slashes on, above, or below staff
  • Layout improvements - automatic correct positioning and spacing for multi-voice chords and rests, dots, accidentals, ties, articulations, hairpins, pedal markings, voltas, etc.
  • More supported notations - pedal change markings, grace notes after (trill endings), falls/doits/scoops/plops/bends, bagpipe embellishments, figured bass, ambitus, early music notations, more flexible time signatures, and a huge set of additional music symbols from Steinberg's new open source Bravura music font


  • Guitar Pro import - supports GP3, GP4, GP5, and GPX formats
  • Import PDF - addition of an OMR service to import PDF files
  • MusicXML import/export improvements - greater compatibility with other applications, ability to control degree of layout to be preserved
  • MIDI import improvements - automatic simplification of rhythms, handling of multiple voices
  • MP3 export - in addition to other audio formats WAV, FLAC and OGG
  • Save online - improved integration with for online publishing


  • New SoundFont - MuseScore's own more realistic Fluid R3
  • Mid-score instrument changes - play a different instrument on the same staff
  • Flexible swing style - swing eighth note or sixteenth note, set swing ratio
  • Built-in metronome - one click to turn on metronome during playback
  • Improved JACK support - for interoperability with other MIDI and audio programs
  • Playback of more score markings - crescendo, decrescendo, smart tempo text interpretation, tremolo, mordents, improved repeats and voltas, etc.

Score management

  • Linked parts - changes in score automatically reflect in parts and vice versa
  • Albums - combine several scores, e.g. multiple movements, into albums
  • Styles - define and apply custom score styles, select default styles for scores and for parts
  • Split and join measures - divide measure into shorter ones or combine measures into longer one


  • Keyboard shortcuts - expanded availability of actions and many more shortcuts by default
  • Documentation - extended handbook, available in print-friendly HTML and as PDF download
  • Translations - into more than 50 languages, which can receive updates via the web
  • Screen reader - support for NVDA screen reader (Windows-only) to read the music verbally
  • Contextual help - new online help (F1) system aggregating online help resources