To the left of the document window is the palette area: a Palette is a folder containing musical symbols (usually related) which can be applied to the score. Together, the palettes form the main part of a workspace.
To view or hide the 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 open or close a palette:
Versions 3.4 or above
Versions prior to 3.4
Tip: To prevent accidental rearrangement of contents during use, right-click over a palette name and untick "Enable Editing."
Once added to the score, objects can be copied, pasted, and duplicated—see Copy and paste.
Note: In versions prior to MuseScore 3.3, only palettes in new workspaces can be customised—those in the Basic and Advanced workspaces are presets only. See Create new workspace. The "Enable editing" option for the palette should also be ticked (all versions, see Palette menu, below).
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 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).