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50 MuseScore Keyboard Shortcuts

MuseScore Shortcuts are your first line of defense when tackling a project. One of the most interesting features of MuseScore is that it is available in 40 different languages. It’s an excellent program for music editing and is freely available for all operating systems.

Download Musescore Shortcuts PDF

Below is the list of MuseScore, the world’s most popular music notation software. You can download the list of MuseScore Shortcuts for Windows and Mac users in PDF form. To facilitate learning, we have grouped the shortcuts into different sections such as Text Entry Shortcuts, Display & Navigation Shortcuts, Voice & Pitch Shortcuts, Layout Shortcuts, etc.

Text Entry Shortcuts

Action MuseScore Shortcuts Windows MuseScore Shortcuts Mac
Staff Text Ctrl + T Command + T
System Text Ctrl + Shift + T Command + Shift + T
Tempo Text Alt + T Option + T
Rehearsal Mark Ctrl + M Command + M

Display Shortcuts

Action MuseScore Shortcuts Windows MuseScore Shortcuts Mac
Selection Filter F6 F6
Inspector F8 F8
Palette F9 F9
Mixer F10 F10
Play Panel F11 F11
Navigator F12 F12

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Navigation Shortcuts

Action MuseScore Shortcuts Windows MuseScore Shortcut keys Mac
Beginning of Score Home Home
End of Score End End
Next Score Ctrl + Tab Command + Tab
Previous Score Ctrl + Shift + Tab Command + Shift + Tab
Zoom In Ctrl + + Command + +
Zoom Out Ctrl + – Command + –

Voices Shortcuts

Action MuseScore Shortcut keys Windows MuseScore Shortcut keys Mac
Voice 1 Ctrl + Alt + 1 Command + Option + 1
Voice 2 Ctrl + Alt + 2 Command + Option + 2
Voice 3 Ctrl + Alt + 3 Command + Option + 3
Voice 4 Ctrl + Alt + 4 Command + Option + 4

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Pitch Shortcuts

Action Musescore Shortcuts Windows Musescore Shortcuts Mac
Repeat the Previous Note or Chord R R
Raise Pitch By Octave Ctrl + Up Arrow key Command + Up Arrow key
Lower Pitch By Octave Ctrl + Down Arrow key Command + Down Arrow key
Repeat Selection R R
Raise Pitch By Semi-Tone Up Arrow key Up Arrow key
Lower Pitch By Semi-Tone Down Arrow key Down Arrow key

Layout Shortcuts

Action Musescore Shortcut keys Windows Musescore Shortcut keys Mac
Flip Direction X X
Mirror Note Head Shift + X Shift + X
Increase Stretch of Measure } }
Decrease Stretch of Measure { {
Page Back On Selected Barline Ctrl + Enter Command + Return

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Articulations Shortcuts

Action MuseScore Shortcut keys Windows MuseScore Shortcut keys Mac
Staccato Shift + S Shift + S
Tenuto Shift + N Shift + N
Sforzato Shift + V Shift + V
Marcato Shift + O Shift + O
Crescendo < <
Decrescendo > >

Lyrics Entry Shortcuts

Action Musescore Shortcuts Windows Musescore Shortcuts Mac
Enter Lyrics on a Note Ctrl + L Command + L
Previous Lyrics Syllable Shift + Spacebar Shift + Spacebar
Move Lyric Syllable Left by 0.01sp Alt + Left Arrow key Option + Left Arrow key
Move the Lyric Syllable Right by 0.01sp Alt + Right Arrow key Option + Right Arrow key
Up to Previous Stanza Ctrl + Up Arrow key Command + Up Arrow key
Down to the Next Stanza Ctrl + Down Arrow key Command + Down Arrow key

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Duration Shortcuts

Action Musescore Hotkeys Windows Musescore Hotkeys Mac
Half Duration Of Previous Note Q Q
Double Duration Of Previous Note W W
Decrease Duration By a Dot Shift + Q Shift + Q
Increase Duration By a Dot Shift + W Shift + W
Select duration 1 … 9 1 … 9
Change to rest 0 0

I would advise you to fully utilize the MuseScore shortcuts to enhance your experience. If MuseScore isn’t quite your preference, I also have a list of other free music composition software options.

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