Text editing

Text edit mode

To enter text edit mode there are several methods:

  • Double click on the text
  • Right-click on the text and select "Edit element"
  • Click on the text and press Ctrl+E (Mac: Cmd+E)

Sample text in edit mode

Formatting and entry options can then be accessed from the text toolbar at the bottom of the window.

Text toolbar

To exit text edit mode:

  • Press Esc, or
  • Click on a part of the score outside the edit window.

Editing commands and keyboard shortcuts

In text edit mode, the following commands are available:

  • Ctrl+B (Mac: +B) toggles bold face
  • Ctrl+I (Mac: +I) toggles italic
  • Ctrl+U (Mac: +U) toggles underline
  • Home End moves cursor
  • Backspace (Mac: Delete) remove character to the left of the cursor
  • Delete (Mac: → Delete or fn+Delete) remove character to the right of the cursor
  • Return start new line
  • F2 (Mac: fn+F2) Insert special characters (see below)

Special character shortcuts

In text edit mode the following keyboard shortcuts can be used to access certain special characters:

Ctrl+Shift+B: Flat
Ctrl+Shift+F: Forte
Ctrl+Shift+H: Natural
Ctrl+Shift+M: Mezzo
Ctrl+Shift+N: Niente
Ctrl+Shift+R: Rinforzando
Ctrl+Shift+S: Sforzando
Ctrl+Shift+Z: Z

Symbols and special characters

You can use the Special Characters window to insert quarter notes, fractions, and many other kinds of special symbols or characters into your text. In the text toolbar, click on the keyboard icon, Keyboard Icon , or press F2 (Mac: fn+F2) to open:

The Special Characters palette contains buttons for inserting symbols into the text (e.g. quarter note), or special characters (e.g. copyright symbol, ©)

The dialog is divided into 3 tabs: Common symbols, musical symbols and unicode symbols. The musical and unicode tabs are further subdivided into alphabetically-arranged categories.

Double-clicking an item in the Special Characters dialog immediately adds it to the text where the cursor is positioned. Multiple items can be applied without closing the dialog box, and the user can even continue to type normally, delete characters, enter numerical character codes etc., with it open.

Note: It is not possible to display the Special Characters dialog when not in text editing mode, and this should not be confused with the menu item of the same name in the macOS version of MuseScore.

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