Text style

Updated 4 years ago
This is an archived handbook page written for MuseScore 1
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Each text type has a basic style. For example, title text is centered and uses a large font size, Composer text is smaller and aligned to the right. To edit text styles, go to StyleEdit Text Style....

During text editing , you can make changes that depart from basic style.

Text properties:

  • Font: name of the font such as "Times New Roman" or "Arial"
  • Size: the size of the font in points
  • Italic, Bold, Underline: font properties
  • Anchor: page, time, notehead, system, staff
  • Alignment: horizontal: left, right, center; vertical: top, bottom, center
  • Offset: an offset to the normal anchor position
  • Offset Type: mm, space, or percent of page size

Text types:

  • Title, Subtitle, Composer, Poet: anchored to page
  • Fingering : Fingerings are anchored to note heads.
  • Lyrics : Lyrics are anchored to a time position.
  • Chord name : Chord names are also anchored to a time position.
  • System text: Applies to all staves in a system.* Anchored to a time position.
  • Staff text: Applies to a single staff in a system.* Anchored to a time position.

* The distinction between System and Staff text matters for ensemble scores. System text will extract to all parts. Staff text will only extract to the part to which it is anchored.