Using the Palettes Area is the recommended way to apply musical symbols and text to your score, see Using palette items below (jump to).
MuseScore is shipped with predefined palettes that organize items by nature.
To hide, reveal and rearrange palettes inside the Palettes Area, see the Customize the Palette Area section below (jump to).
To expand and collapse palettes, see the Expand / Collapse a palette section below (jump to).
The current visibility setting and expand/collapse status of all palettes in the Palettes Area are automatically saved to the current in-use workspace profile, but not related to score files.
The contents of every palette can be customized, you can also create an empty custom palette and populate it on your own, see the Customize palette contents section below (jump to).
Alternative ways to apply musical symbols and text:
The default position of the Palette Area is to the left of the document window. To view or hide it:
To undock the Palette area:
To re-attach the panel, double-click on the top bar again. See Side panels for more information.
Versions 3.4 or above
Versions prior to 3.4
If you are dragging a symbol to the score and decide you don't want to apply it, press Esc.
Tip: To prevent accidental rearrangement of contents during use, right-click a palette name and uncheck Enable Editing.
MuseScore does not offer keyboard shortcut bindings to palette items, but you can configure a shortcut to apply the same symbol multiple times consecutively to improve efficiency. Some users find this method handy when applying piano pedal marks. (N.B. piano pedal mark symbol is under Lines palette)
First, assign a keyboard shortcut key to "Apply current palette element" in Preferences: Shortcuts. After you use the mouse to click on a palette item to apply it to the score once, you can select any other score elements and repeatedly apply the same (last applied) item by pressing the shortcut key.
Search by symbol name to locate a symbol without visually searching through palettes. All symbols are searched regardless of palettes' visible / hidden status and expand / collapse status.
Use the Search box at the top of the Palette Area. As you type, symbols and/or palettes with names matching your keystrokes are displayed below, updating continuously as your typed input changes.
To show all palettes, some of which may be temporarily hidden because it does not match the search string, click X in the search box.
Items added to the score can be copied, pasted, and duplicated: see Copy and paste.
If the symbol you are adding to the score from a palette contains or belongs to 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 text styles.
Custom text properties—those changed by the user before saving the symbol to a custom palette—remain as customized.
To hide a predefined palette:
To hide a custom palette you created:
Only custom palettes can be deleted, you can hide all palettes though.
Symbols may be added or deleted and layouts can be rearranged. (in version prior to 3.3, only new workspace is capable of customizations).
Before customizing a palette:
Score items, when added to a palette, are saved with their custom properties.
Note: Changing these values only affects the appearance of symbols within the palette. It does not change their sizes or offsets on the score page.
Items removed from predefined palettes are moved under More.
In custom palettes, the More button offers browsing predefined palettes ( Use < and > ) and adding their items ( Use drag-and-drop, or selecting and clicking Add to)
The following menu options may appear either by right-clicking the name of a palette or by clicking the ... to the right of the name:
Palette Properties...: Displays the following dialog, where you can adjust the appearance of a palette: