MuseScore supports standard copy, cut, paste and (from version 2.1) swap with clipboard operations. These commands can be applied to a range of:
Copy/cut/paste/swap commands are accessed in three ways:
|Command||Kbd Shortcut (Win)||Kbd Shortcut (Mac)||Right-click menu||Main menu|
|Cut||Ctrl+X||Cmd+X||Cut||Edit → Cut|
|Copy||Ctrl+C||Cmd+C||Copy||Edit → Copy|
|Paste||Ctrl+V||Cmd+V||Paste||Edit → Paste|
|Swap with clipboard||Ctrl+Shift+X||Cmd+Shift+X||Swap with Clipboard||Edit → Swap with clipboard|
Note: Before carrying out a copy, cut, paste or swap procedure, you should be in normal mode. Press the Esc key to exit into normal mode.
You can cut, copy, paste or swap notes as follows:
To copy/cut a single chord
To copy/cut a range of chords
Available from version 2.1 onwards, the swap with clipboard operation combines two commands into one: (1) First it overwrites a selected part of the score with the contents of the clipboard, just like the paste command; (2) Secondly, it transfers the overwritten part of the score back to the clipboard, just like the copy command.
It can be used, for example, to swap two equal-length sections of a score, A and B:
It is possible to copy the pitch of a note only (and no other properties), by clicking on the notehead and applying the standard copy and paste, or copy and swap procedure. The pitch of the destination note changes to match that of the copied note but the duration remains the same.
Score elements such as staff text, dynamics, fingering, etc. can be cut, copied and pasted one at a time (but from version 2.2 multiple-selection cut/copy/paste is possible for fretboard diagrams).
Multiple-selection cut/copy/paste is available for articulations such as sforzato, staccato etc.
Note: The Swap with clipboard command is only intended for use with sections of music and not other score elements.
In the case of articulations, they are pasted to the destination notes in exactly the same order (continuous or intermittent) as they were in the initial selection.
To quickly copy and paste a note, measure, or passage:
MuseScore copies and pastes the selected notation to a point immediately after the last note in the selection. Any existing music in the destination range is replaced.
To instantaneously copy and paste a text element, line, or other object:
The Selection Filter allows you to chose exactly which voices and elements you want to include in your selection.
Example: Suppose you want to copy measures 1 and 2 in the following passage (see image), to give measures 3 and 4:
Note: The Selection Filter works with the swap with clipboard command as well.