Text edit mode allows you to add or delete text, and apply formatting (e.g. bold, italic, underline etc.) to individual characters.
To enter Text edit mode use one of the following methods:
Note: Creating a new text object (see Text basics) also puts the program into text edit mode.
You can access the various formatting functions from the Text toolbar, which appears below the document window:
To exit Text edit mode use one of the following:
In Text edit mode, the following keyboard shortcuts are available:
|Function||Windows & Linux||Mac|
|Toggles bold face.||Ctrl+B||Cmd+B|
|Moves cursor.||Home End ← → ↑ ↓||(option +) ← → ↑ ↓|
|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|
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).
To open Special Characters, use any of the following methods:
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.
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|