How do you change tempo in musescore 4

• Jan 20, 2023 - 14:44

i hit F11 and I see the tempo marking but can't change it. How do you change the tempo?


In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

I've seen several of your comments and you seem to delight in correcting people rather than enhancing your "logic" with empathy, so you really understand the problem - seems to be a classical musician thing. Macs are different from PC's; F11 is not working for me even with Fn + F11, or Command or Ctrl. It simply does nothing. I also get bugs that are unfixable, or so obscure that the only real fix seems to be opening a new file, and beginning again. Do you work for Musescore or do you just do this for fun?

In reply to by rebeckajohnst

F11 on Windows/Linux opened the play pannel in Mu3. But never for Mac, for the reasons you stated. And no longer for Mu4, where it is the shortcut for Full Screen (on Windows, Linux)
And yes, I missed that, sorry about that.
I don't work for MuseScore, in the sense that I don't get paid for it. So yes, for fun.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Hi Jojo,
Please understand that YOU are an expert with this program. Not sure about our friend who asked, but I am certainly not.

So your answer, while making perfect sense to you... well I'm lost.

I just want to play my piece a bit slower, or faster, or whatever I'd like. Any help would be most appreciated.

I see 1/4 note = 120 at the top right of the screen and my logic says "click that and / or drag it up or down to change my mm". Not the case.

I don't know what a play panel is, and the 6 dots seem to to nothing for me.

So if you can shed any light on this daunting task of changing my bpm I'd be grateful.

In reply to by stevestockmal@…

Hi, I'm back. After researching and getting (sadly) no help from our "know-it-all smart-ass poor teacher" (sorry dude but either help or don't... nobody needs your attitude).

1. Go to the View menu
2. Click Palettes
3. Look for "Tempo" to the left of the screen (4th one down)
4. Click and drag 1/4 = 80 onto your score (you have to touch an actual note).
5. When you get it right it will say "1/4 = 80" at the top of your score, double click the number 80 and type in whatever number you want.
6. Write an email to someone who knows entitled "why can't I just double click the bloody Metronome Marking at the top right".

  1. That's it, now your score is playing at the correct tempo.

In reply to by ChrisHC

You don't neeed the master palette - the standard palette contains the tempo markings. You can also add via the Add menu or via the shortcut Alt+Shift+T.

MuseScore is a notation program. If you want the musicians playing your score to play a C, you add a C to your score. if you want them to play C#, you add a sharp. If you want them to play it staccato, you add a staccato marking. If you want them to play loudly, you add a "f" dynamic marking. and if you want them to play 180 BPM, you add that marking. Tempo isn't special - it's just a thing you put in your score to tell people - and MuseScore - what you want to hear.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks Mark, but in my Musescore version (updated 4) the ordinary pallet does not bring up tempo (only Key signature, time signature, pitch, accidentals, dynamics, articulations, text, keyboard, repeats and jumps, barlines, layout and nothing more). Your Add menu did work successfully via text and that is what I will probably settle for. I also tried the Command (Mac) + Shift + T and that brought up the tempo box in which I was able to type numbers, but not notes and without an eg quarter note the new number does not adjust the tempo. Am I doing something wrong with the latter?

In reply to by ChrisHC

Sounds like you may have accidentally hidden that palette; add it back with the "Add palettes" button.

Cmd+Shift+T is probably system text on Mac, not tempo text. The shortcut for tempo is Alt+Shift+T on Windows and Linux, which on Mac keyboards should be Option+Shift+T, but also the Add menu should report this. It should default to note = 80 and then you can edit from there. You can also press Shift+F2 (may also require Fn to activate the function keys) to bring up the "Special characters" dialog while editing text - any text - and access the note symbols and more.

In reply to by Tixrus

It's not really clear what you mean here, but the usual way to change a tempo marking is to simply double-click it and edit the text. Or if there is no metronome marking within the text itself, use the Properties panel to set the desired BPM.

If you continue to have trouble, please attach your score and say which tempo marking you are having trouble with.

When I hit F11 it toggles full screen view. It should have nothing to do with tempo unless you have changed the default keyboard shortcuts.

If you can see the tempo marking in your score then you can change the tempo by clicking on it to select and then edit the tempo shown in it to be what you want.

Or after clicking on the tempo marking you can untick the "Follow written tempo" option in the playback section of the properties panel and write in the tempo you want in the box that then becomes enabled.


Or you can undock the play panel in the top right hand corner of the screen by dragging on the 6 dots and use the slider to adjust the tempo temporarily.


I use a Mac. I choose the measure where a tempo change is needed. Highlight it, go to the palettes, tempo and choose a tempo from the list. It appears above the measure.
Then, you can click on it to change its value.

M4, W10; I can change the tempo temporarily :) by undocking the play set, but not permanently, I have tried clicking on the tempo while docked (left and right buttons, tried ctrl, alt and shift) but it doesn't give me any way to change tempo. Undocked I can change it and it stays at that tempo when docked back...but it's just temporary, since if I undock it again, it still shows a %age.

BTW, my thanks and apologies to those with other mother tongues who suffer with the imperiality of English.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

OK, wherein it says:
Tempo text

You can override the written tempo by unchecking "Follow written tempo" in the Tempo section of the Properties panel, and setting a new tempo in the "Override written tempo" box.

There is nothing for tempo under properties, see screenshot #1
Under palettes, there is Temp, but nothing about overide, see second screen shot

It would be more intuitive just to be about to click on the BPI in the playback menu, then having it buried elsewhere, som levels deep.

Wonderful program....and as with anything this powerful, a steep learning curve

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In reply to by sdean7855

The Properties tab will show you the properties of a selected score element. You first need to select (by clicking on) a tempo marking to view its properties.

You can change an existing tempo by double clicking to directly edit its text, or to change the bpm number - without going into Properties.
If you wish to change the tempo somewhere else in the score, just add a new tempo marking at that point in the score.

For the tempo marking, you can go into view, make sure 'palettes' is enabled, click into it, find 'tempo' and click to add any of the premade tempo markings, then when it's on the page, you double click it to backspace the prewritten tempo marking and type in your own.

For the tempo the score itself plays at, make sure 'properties' is enabled, find 'tempo' and type in what tempo you want the score to play at, or click 'Follow Written Tempo' if you already have a tempo marking. Sometimes the 'Follow Written Tempo' checkbox doesn't work and (for me) sets it to 150BPM.

I hope this helped! (I had the same problem so when I figured it out by accidentally clicking 'Properties' I was happy)

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