Text editing

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This page shows old instructions for MuseScore 3.
For MuseScore 4 users, see Text editing.

Text edit mode allows you to add or delete text, and apply formatting (e.g. bold, italic, underline etc.) to individual characters.

Sample text in edit mode

Enter/exit text edit mode

To enter Text edit mode use one of the following methods:

  • Double-click a text object.
  • Click on an already selected text object.
  • Right-click on a text object and select Edit element.
  • Click on a text object and press Alt+Shift+E.

Note: Creating a new text object (see Text basics) also puts the program into text edit mode.

The Text toolbar appears at the bottom of the window, you can use it to apply formatting to individual characters

To exit Text edit mode use one of the following:

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

Keyboard shortcuts

In Text edit mode, the following keyboard shortcuts are available:

Function Windows & Linux Mac
Toggles bold face. Ctrl+B Cmd+B
Toggles italic. Ctrl+I Cmd+I
Toggles underline. Ctrl+U Cmd+U
Moves cursor. Home, End, , , , (Alt+) , , ,
Removes character to the left of the cursor. Backspace Delete
Removes character to the right of the cursor. Del → Delete or Fn+Del
Starts new line. return
Inserts special characters (see below). F2 Fn+F2

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. A few symbols can also be accessed by shortcut (see below).

Some symbols and special characters are treated specially and use Style window > Score : "Musical symbol font" (6 options), see Fonts.

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

To open Special Characters, use any of the following methods:

  • Click on the keyboard icon in the text toolbar (below the score window).
  • Press F2 (Mac: Fn+F2).

Note: (1) This only works in Text edit mode; (2) The Special Characters dialog should not be confused with the menu item of the same name in the macOS version of MuseScore.

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.

Special character shortcuts

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

Character Windows & Linux Mac Note
Sharp ♯ Ctrl+Shift+# Cmd+Shift+# May not work on some keyboard layout
Flat ♭ Ctrl+Shift+B Cmd+Shift+B
Natural ♮ Ctrl+Shift+H Cmd+Shift+H
Piano p Ctrl+Shift+P Cmd+Shift+P
Forte f Ctrl+Shift+F Cmd+Shift+F
Mezzo m Ctrl+Shift+M Cmd+Shift+M
Rinforzando r Ctrl+Shift+R Cmd+Shift+R
Sforzando s Ctrl+Shift+S Cmd+Shift+S
Niente n Ctrl+Shift+N Cmd+Shift+N
Z z Ctrl+Shift+Z Cmd+Shift+Z
Elision Ctrl+Alt+- Cmd+Alt+-

See also

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