Image capture

Updated 4 years ago
This page shows old instructions for MuseScore 2.
For MuseScore 4 users, see Image capture.

MuseScore's image capture feature allows you to save a snapshot of any part of the score window. PNG, PDF and SVG formats are supported.

Save a snapshot

  1. Click on the Toggle image capture button, Image capture button .
  2. Press Shift + drag, to create a new selection rectangle.
  3. Fine tune the rectangle position, if required, by dragging it and/or changing the "Position" values in the "Lasso" section of the Inspector.
  4. Fine tune the rectangle area, if required, by dragging the handles, and/or changing the "Size" values in the Inspector.
  5. Right-click on the selection rectangle to open the Image Capture menu. Select the desired option:

    • Save As (Print Mode). This saves an image of the selection area as it would look if printed, e.g.
      Score snippet
    • Save as (Screenshot Mode). This saves a selection of the actual screen, including any line break symbols, invisible elements etc., e.g.
      Image capture snippet

    You can save the image in either PNG (default), SVG or PDF format.

Image capture menu

Right-clicking on the selection rectangle opens the Image Capture menu:

Image capture context menu

  • Copy image: Chose this to copy an image before pasting it in the same or another MuseScore file.
  • Resolution: Set the resolution, and hence the size of the saved or copied image. Try 100 dpi to start with, if you are unsure.
  • Transparent background: Turn image transparency on or off.
  • Auto re-size to page: Adjusts the selection rectangle to fit the page.
  • Resize to A/B/C/D: Chose a customised selection rectangle (as set below).
  • Set Standard Size: Resize the selection rectangle, then chose "Set size A/B/C/D" to store it.

See also

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