Implement full-size crosshead notes in tablature

• Jan 15, 2016 - 12:25
Reported version
S5 - Suggestion

Nightly d08e14c (4 Jan 2016) on Win 7 HP / MS 2.0.1 on Win 10.

Crosshead notes in tablature are too small (although they are correctly sized in pitched staves):


Issue first came up in


For the record, tab staves don't use note heads, so these are just ordinary letters and numbers from the selected tab font. In particular, this is just the letter "x". We could consider making this character larger in the default tab font. Really, it should probably be the capital "X", except we are currently using that for something else.

Except if I'm wrong, the x depends on the font selected in the tab style. The cross in "MuseScore Tab Serif" is larger.

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As I mention above, we are currently using that character for something else, which is kind of unfortunate. Probably we could rearrange things and make it work, but we'd have to be careful about the compatibility implications.

"The cross in "MuseScore Tab Serif" is larger"

Ah yes, I had not noticed yet this: the result is indeed a bit better by switching in Tab Serif font (instead the default Tab Sans, in Advanced style properties)

  • Free Sans:
  • Free Serif:
    Free Serif.jpg

There is another way to improve this result, well, it's a hacker solution... :)
Of course, the implementation of an immediate good/standard size, as observed on the published scores, would be preferable, we are agree.
And the serious limitation (or definitive pitfall) is if you want "real" small notes in the standard staff in the score :(

(meanwhile, and in certain cases - so, if no small notes in the other standard staff - I'm not unhappy to have a way to act on the size of these crosshead notes)

So, go to Style -> General -> Sizes -> Small note size: increase the value to 120,0 (instead the default 70,0)

Then, by selecting these crosshead notes, and ticking "Small" in Inspector ("Note" section), the size increases.


And more by ticking in addition Small in "Chord" section (in this case, it becomes a bit too...!)
The previous result/image above seems here the more expected?

small twice.jpg

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Indeed. Predominatingly in the last case (when unticking Small twice in Inspector)
But the third result seems "acceptable" here, anyway much better than the current default (Tab Sans)

And can be improved by increasing slightly in Advanced style properties the vertical offset (here -0,10 sp). The incidence seems rather neutral, or acceptable, again, for the followings "normal" notes.

Title Crosshead notes in tablature are too small Implement full-size crosshead notes in tablature (currently too small)
Severity S4 - Minor S5 - Suggestion
Reported version 2.1 3.0
Regression No
Workaround No
Title Implement full-size crosshead notes in tablature (currently too small) Implement full-size crosshead notes in tablature