Keyboard Shortcut Palette

• Apr 26, 2015 - 04:43

You know what would be really cool? If there was a palette that you could program your own personal keyboard shortcuts. It would have a separate window you could just minimize and open only when necessary, and it would have certain keyboard shortcuts that are unused that you could program. For example, if you're writing a violin solo that requires writing "rit." and "a tempo" all the time, or has lots of downbows, or fermatas, or slurs, or anything at at all like that, it would be more convenient to just use your own personal keyboard shortcut, rather than looking all over the program for it or scouring the forums for an answer. I personally love keyboard shortcuts. They save lots of time. If anyone agrees or has ideas for adding to it, tell me!


Sure, it would be cool, but there are only so many keys and most of them are already taken. when I am entering the same thing many times I find using Copy/Paste the easiest way. Crete rit. and a tempo as Tempo texts, adjust the speed to suit your score and it will also copy across the speed settings.

In reply to by hasenfuss

Eight movements? Are you trying to sue drag & drop? That's not very efficient. Much easier to double click. So, with the note selected, just double click the first fingering, then click the note again to re-select it, then double click the second fingering. But indeed, shortcuts would be nice to add someday.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I am doing the same like you describe.

with the note selected (Movment 1),
- move mouse to the palette (Movment 2)
- just double click the first fingering, (Movement 3 and 4)
- then click the note again to re-select it, (Movement 5)
- move mouse to the palette (Movment 6)
- then double click the second fingering. (Movement 7 and 8)


put the cursor before the note:
shortcut 1
shortcut 2

In reply to by hasenfuss

I guess I was assuming you already had the note selected, and it would never occur to me to count a double click as two separate actions. Plus it is very rare to need to put two fingerings on the same note, so your case is rather unusual. But anyhow, indeed, this is one good opportuntiy for improvement.

In reply to by hasenfuss

@hasenfuss: For avoid to move too frequently in the palette.
1) get used to select multiple notes simultaneously (with Ctrl key): one double-click will suffice for several notes.
2) Now, try this. Imagine that you have already some fingerings installed in your score.
Press and hold down Ctrl + Shift, and simply drag a fingering to a next note head (becomes highlighted) and release.
It will be duplicated with the same settings. You stay really into the spot. Without having to return to the palette. And the movements are minimum. Feel free for the feedback.

@Marc. I presume that Hasenfuss put two fingerings on the same note, ie a fingering for left-hand (let's say "1") and another for the right-hand (eg "i")
He will confirm or not.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

May depend on the transcriber (or composer). One can easily spend to a score with very few fingerings to a score with many fingerings (but only in certain parts, and no systematicaly for both left and right hands. And also, if a part is rewritten, it is customary not to rewrite the same fingerings twice.)

In any case, in such a systematic way, for each note, and two fingerings most often, it is not common indeed. This becomes almost a kind of tablature that does not confess its name.
I want to assume anything, but I know some instrumentalists, for a matter of memory I think (and the two colors used are reminiscent this, too), need to write everything down, especially fingerings. To each his own way of learning.

In reply to by hasenfuss

Exercising? What relation between enter a few fingerings and a lot of fingerings? Do not know exactly what you mean. Have you try the process with Ctrl + Shift (explain in n°2) ?
Apparently, not:
(when the first needed fingerings are on your score: none movement between palette and note, and none double-click) Try!

MuseScore provides two different facilities:

1) Edit / Preferences . Shortcuts. This allows you to customize the shortcuts for *existing* commands. So if you use Notes / Transpose a lot, you can assign it a keyboard shortcut

2) Customizable palettes. If you want to have "Rit." in a palette, create the text in your score, then Ctrl+Shfit+Drag it to a palette (after first creating a workspace for your customizations by clicking the "+" button at the bottom of the palette. You won't be able to add this to your score using a keybaord shortcut, but the usual double click or drag & drop methods will work.

Perhaps allowing the user to assign a "hotkey" to one palette at a time? You call the palette via this keyboard shortcut and you select the item from the palette by entering its number in the list (OK, so this limits you to 9 or 10 items but that ought to be enough)?

In reply to by underquark

One of my main goals for 2.1 is to see some way of making the palettes keyboard-accessible. This will be a huge benefit for blind users. But it does mean that schemes that limit you to only 9 or 10 items are *not* really good enough, so we are looking at other alternatives, either in addition to or instead of that type of approach.

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