MuseScore Version 3.6 hints and manual

I keep forgetting stuff, so here the things I always need to remind myself of…


Remove (or hide) an instrument in score

  • Go to Edit → Instruments
  • In the right window, highlight the instrument you want to remove/hide
    • Delete: in the middle part of the window, choose remove/delete
    • Hide: uncheck the instrument on the right, it will not be shown but remains available

Swap the notes between any two voices

  • Select one or more continuous measures (or a range of notes)
  • From the Menu bar, select Tools → Voices
  • Select the option for the two voices you want to exchange.

Score Layout

Bar width (increase / decrease layout stretch)

Select a range of measures. Or use Ctrl+A to select the whole score. Choose one of two options:

To increase stretch:

  • Use the shortcut } (right curly bracket) (Mac: Ctrl+Alt+9).
  • Or from the menu bar, select Format→Stretch→Increase Layout Stretch.

To decrease stretch:

  • Use the shortcut { (left curly bracket) (Mac: Ctrl+Alt+8).
  • Or from the menu bar, select Format→Stretch→Decrease Layout Stretch.

Score Editing

Switch note editing mode on and off

See Note input in the manual

To enter Note Input mode, use either of the following options:

  • Click on the “N” icon (on the extreme left of the Note Input toolbar).
  • Press N on your computer keyboard.

To exit Note Input mode, use any of the following options:

  • Press N.
  • Press Esc.
  • Click on the toolbar “N” button

Copy / Paste / Quick Paste Repetion of Notes in Score

See Copy and paste in the manual


  • Click on the first note of your selection.
  • Shift⇑+click on the last note of your selection.
  • From the menu choose Edit → Copy or press Ctrl+C


  • Click on the note or measure that you want your pasted selection to begin.
  • From the menu, choose Edit → Paste or press Ctrl+V

Quick repetition

  • Select a note or measure.
  • Press R and MuseScore duplicates the selected object.

Change tempo

  • Add a tempo marking:
    • Select a note or rest and press the keyboard shortcut Alt+Shift+T.
  • Edit the tempo text, this will change the tempo

Swing feel

See Swing in the manual (Didn’t work in version 3.6)


  • File → Score Properties

Guitar specific

Strumming up and down (Arpeggios)

  • Add Palette Arpeggios and Plissandi
  • Select chord
  • Click up or down arpeggio