This is the window that displays when you open MuseScore for the very first time:
To open the Start Center (if not already visible), use any of the following options:
To stop the Start Center from showing when you open MuseScore:
From the Start Center you can:
To open the New Score Wizard when the Start Center is not open, use one of the following options:
Step 1: Enter score information.
Enter the title, composer, or any other information as shown above, then click on Next >. This step is optional: you can also add this information after the score is created (see Vertical frame).
Step 2: Choose template file.
In the left column is a list of solo, ensemble and orchestral templates, divided into categories according to musical style. If you have previously stored any custom templates in your user templates folder, these are displayed under the heading, "Custom Templates". You can also use the Search bar (top left) to find specific templates.
To choose a score template:
Click on the name of a score template to select it, then click Next >; alternatively, just double-click the score template name. This will automatically take you to the next page of the Wizard (see Choose key signature and tempo, below).
If you wish to create a score template from scratch, click on "Choose Instruments" (under "General"), then click Next >; alternatively, just double-click "Choose instruments."
The Choose Instruments window is divided into two columns:
The left column contains a list of instruments, or voice parts to choose from. This list is categorized into instrument families, and clicking a category shows the full list of instruments in each family.
The default entry is "Common instruments" but you can choose from others, including "Jazz instruments" and "Early music". There is a search box at the bottom of the instrument window: typing the name of an instrument there will search for it in "All instruments".
The right column starts off empty, but will eventually contain a list of instruments for your new score in the order that they will appear.
To add instruments to the score, use any of the following options:
The instrument names, and their associated staff lines, now appear in the list of instruments in the right column. You can add more instruments or voice parts, as needed. Each instrument added in this way is allocated its own Mixer channel.
To add a staff to an existing instrument in the score:
Summary of commands:
|Command||Staff added||Edit staves independently?||Share mixer channel?||Examples|
|Add Staff||Unlinked||Yes||Yes||Guitar staff/tab, Piano grand staff|
|Add Linked Staff||Linked||No. Edit in one staff updates others||Yes||Guitar staff/tab|
See also, Combine pitched staff with tablature.
To change the order of instruments (or staves) in the score:
To delete an instrument, or staff line, from the score
Step 3: Choose key signature and tempo.
The wizard asks for two things: The initial key signature and tempo of the score. Select any of the former and click Next > to continue. An initial tempo can be set here too.
Step 4: Choose time signature etc.
You can set your initial time signature here. If the score starts with a pickup measure (also known as an anacrusis or upbeat measure), then mark the Pickup measure checkbox and adjust the "Duration" accordingly.
Measures is set to 32 by default: you can change the number here, or add/remove measures later from the score.
Click Finish to create your new score.
Any settings you make in the New Score Wizard can always be changed when you start work on the score itself:
To add, delete, or change the order of instruments:
See also Change instrument (Staff properties).
To adjust the distance between staves and systems, set page margins etc., see Layout and formatting.
A Template is simply a standard MuseScore file that has been stored in one of two "templates" folders: any files in these folders are automatically displayed on the "Choose template file" page of the New Score Wizard. Two templates folders are created by default:
This folder contains the templates installed with MuseScore and should not be modified. It can be found in the following locations:
Windows: Usually at
C:\Program Files\MuseScore 3\templates.
/usr/share/mscore-xxx if you installed from the package manager. If you compiled MuseScore on Linux yourself, then look under
xxx being the version you are using).
Any templates that you create for future use should be stored here. Once in the user "templates" folder, they will automatically appear on the "Choose template file" page of the New Score Wizard—under the heading "Custom Templates".
The default location of the user templates folder is as follows:
MacOS and Linux:
To configure the location of your private templates folder: