Set default page settings
I'm in the United States.
We do not use A4 paper. We use Letter/ANSI A.
Musescore defaults to A4 and I have to change it for each score I produce.
Is there anyway for me, as a user, to reset defaults for these basic features so that each time I open Musescore I don't have to take these extra steps to adjust paper size?!?!
MuseScore defaults to the paper size from your default printer if you don't use a template.
In reply to MuseScore defaults to the… by jeetee
And if you don't own a printer, you can install a virtual one (such as one of those “print to PDF” virtual printers) and set the default page size there.
In reply to And if you don't own a… by Spire42
Here are a few more specifics on my situation. I assemble my compositions into a single PDF binder of PDF scores using Acrobat. After composing a tune in Reason or Digital Performer, I save each composition as a MIDI file and then open the MIDI file in Musescore. No matter what I try, after I open a MIDI file in MuseScore and make my fixes, MuseScore exports a PDF with an A4 default page size. Even when I use the print to PDF function, the outcome is the same (see attached file). No matter what I do, I have to manually load style or change page size to get it into the US Letter/ANSI A page size. Now, granted, the "apply style" option is not a huge burden, except when I forget to do so. The resultant binders are inconsistent and print funny when I try to get a hard copy. If I could simply set the default page size, that would eliminate one or more steps in the work flow, steps that should be unnecessary. If I have to do so, I will continue with the load style or whatever,, but it should be a small enhancement to allow a user to set page size and have that change be a default option for all further documents a user produces.
In reply to Here are a few more… by laouto
Have you tried setting the default paper size for your default printer?
Have you tried setting the default style file in Preferences | Score?
Thank you all for your suggestions. Nothing works.
I have tried setting the default paper size for your default printer, which is consistently set to US Letter, and I have tried setting the default style file in Preferences | Score. I have also saved a USLetter style in the proper folder using MuseScore (which I can apply).
No matter what I do, when I open a MIDI file, it always opens in A4 with millimeter settings rather than Letter/ANSI A in inches. I have to load style every time.
So, if you're listening, whoever contributes to the development of this code, this is just a small request that users be able to set defaults on page features. Thanks!
In reply to Thank you all for your… by laouto
Please try going to Preferences | Import and specifying your custom style file under Style Used for Import.
I just tested importing a MIDI file and that worked for me.
In reply to Please try going to… by Spire42
Yippee!!! I think this works. Man! What struggle to find just the right way to do this. Reminds me of the old days. Anyway, thanks for helping me out. You're a champ!! All the best, and stay safe.
In reply to Yippee!!! I think this… by laouto
Glad I was able to help.
I'm also going to try to fix the code so that you don't even have to do that. Hopefully it'll make it in time for 3.5.0.
In reply to Glad I was able to help. I'm… by Spire42
To be clear: one isn't supposed to have to fight this because it normally just works. But occasionally on some systems for whatever reason it doesn't. This seems especially true for Linux. Could be unique to the AppImage, could be a matter of some distributions working differently from others, etc. See #282736: MuseScore 3 does not set correct paper size in Linux
In reply to To be clear: one isn't… by Marc Sabatella
The issue at hand is specifically for imported scores only, for which the problem currently exists on all platforms. It's caused by MuseScore failing to apply the printer's default page size to imported scores.
It's only tangentially related to the Linux-specific problem, which affects all newly created scores (not just imported ones).
In reply to The issue at hand is… by Spire42
I guess the specific reply to which you were responding was about import only, but the thread was as a whole state that it is about all new scores. And indeed on some systems, it is.
I just discovered Edit -> Preferences -> Score -> Style (and Style for Part), which allows specifying a default style file.
(FIrst I had to create a style, which was easily done by getting the style right on a random score and doing Format -> Save Style).
To my surprise, the page size is saved as part of the style.
The really ODD thing is that page size is NOT settable in Format ->Style-> Page !
(instead it is in Format -> Page Settings... which naively lead me to think that page size was not part of "style").
For some future version, it sure would be nice if Format->Page Settings was part of Format ->Style->Page ...
(or are there some parameters in Page Settings that are not part of "style", not saved in a "style file".
In reply to I just discovered Edit ->… by TeoMerrill
For the record, yes, internally, page settings are part of style, but conceptually, they aren't, and often you might want to reset one to defaults but not the other etc. So that's the main reason they are separately in the menus. But yes, we're looking at ways of clarifying this in the future.
In reply to I just discovered Edit ->… by TeoMerrill
omg, you really saved my sanity. This has been eating at me for a long time. Thanks.