To the left of the document window is the Workspace. This can be toggled on and off using the menu command, View → Palettes, or the shortcut, F9.
A workspace, in turn, consists of a number of palettes. Each palette is a folder containing a group of musical symbols.
MuseScore provides two preset workspaces: Basic (the default option) and Advanced (a version with more palettes and symbols). These contain symbols drawn from the various sections of the Master palette. In addition, you can create your own custom workspaces (below).
The names of palettes within a workspace are listed under the title "Palettes."
If you only want to allow one palette to open at a time, right click at the top of the workspace and check the "Single palette" box. This will cause a palette to automatically close when you open a different one.
To dock or undock a workspace, see Side panels.
A custom workspace allows you to select which palettes are listed, and to customize the contents of those palettes.
To create a customizable workspace:
Alternatively you can use the menu option:
Right-clicking over the workspace will display a menu: this has options allowing you to insert, delete, rename and reorder the palettes within it. The contents of individual palettes can be edited in a similar fashion once you've checked "Enable Editing" for a palette. For more details, see Custom palettes and Palette menu (below).
A palette symbol may be applied to the score using one of the following methods:
Tip: To prevent accidental rearrangement of contents during use, right-click over a palette name and untick "Enable Editing."
For example, to add tenuto marks (—) to a selection of notes:
Once added to the score, objects can be copied, pasted, and duplicated—see Copy and paste.
The more fully-featured Advanced workspace contains the following palettes:
To add an existing score element (such as a line, text, dynamic, fretboard diagram etc.) to a custom palette:
To add a symbol to a custom workspace from the Master palette:
To re-arrange a symbol in a custom palette:
Right-clicking on the name of a palette in a custom workspace brings up this menu:
Palette Properties...: Adjust the appearance of the open palette:
Right-clicking on an element within a palette (if editing of the palette is enabled) brings up this menu:
Note: Changing values in "Palette Cell Properties" only affects the appearance of elements in the palette. It does not change their sizes or offsets on the score page.
If the symbol you are adding to the score from a palette contains a text element (e.g. staff text, dynamic, fingering, volta etc.), then properties such as font-type, font-size, text color, and alignment will adapt according to the following rules:
Text properties which have not been altered by the user will adopt the relevant, prevailing text styles.
Custom text-properties—i.e. those changed by the user before saving the symbol to a custom palette—remain as customized.
By contrast, the line properties of lines applied from a palette always remain unchanged (i.e. as set by the user before saving to a custom workspace, or as predefined in the Basic/Advanced workspaces).