palette advance and default singly

• Sep 5, 2015 - 16:27

It would be very helpful if the palettes could be expanded and contracted individually without changing others. As it is, one must switch to default or advanced, which closes all palettes, then open the desired palette, then either go back to basic or cope with lengthy palettes for everything. Either way you have to reopen all the palettes you want to use. This makes it very time consuming to enter something like a turn or sf.


You can create a custom palette as described in the Handbook under "Custom palette" or in my book in the chapter on customization. Normally, it is not expected anyone would ever switch back to the Basic workspace - it's there to avoid overwelming newcomers only.

But even so, I don't quite understand what you mean about expanded palettes individually without changing others - this is already the case, unless you have enabled "Single Palette" mode via right click on the Palettes title bar.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks once more. I didn't realize basic was that basic. I have customized as you suggest, which will serve me 99% of the time, I think.

But if I do need an ornament, say, in Advanced but not in my Custom, I thought the process would be as follows. Click Advanced. This will close all palettes. Then open Articulations and Ornaments and make use of the ornament. Then click Custom, which will again close all palettes. What I had in mind was the possibility that instead there would be a way to right click Articulations and Ornaments and open the Advanced version of it without closing any other palettes, and later right-click it again to revert to Custom. In other words, enlarge a palette individually without *closing* others. I wasn't worried about changing them.

But if I'm not mistaken, I can instead open the Master Palette and then Articulations and Ornaments within it, without any other palettes closing. This is just as convenient as what I had in mind. Maybe your book should say something more about it, maybe not. It does seem rather little rather late on p241, but maybe that's just me.

In reply to by jwpratt

I personally can't imagine anyone who uses MuseScore for more than a few minutes not just switching to Advanced and staying there forever, which is something I say extremely early in my book, on page 13 :-). Or, if you decide that even Advanced isn't enough, creating a custom workspace, adding symbols to that, then always remaining in that custom workspace. And maybe gradually adding more symbols to that custom workspace, from the Master palette.

So no, I don't imagine people switching workspaces much at all, unless maybe they have different custom worksapces for different projects.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

In addition to my MuseScore score I usually have also on my screen either another score or an email with a list of corrections to make, so even though the screen is relatively wide, I want to leave a rather narrow vertical strip for palettes and the Inspector. Several of the advanced palettes have far more than I typically, or indeed ever, use (clefs, lines, ornaments). In a narrow strip they occupy a lot of the space available. That's why I didn't want to switch to Advanced. It's not that it isn't enough. I have made a Custom work space, far smaller than Advanced, but even so I'm sure I won't be able to see all of it at once. Thanks, thanks, thanks! :-)

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks for the thought. I don't know exactly what (un)dock means, but I would usually want the palette to be visible somewhere and if I move it over some other window, it will disappear when I do anything in that window. I guess it will reappear when I go back to the MuseScore window, but it might still be covering something I want to see. It might be nice if the Palettes and the Inspector occupied the same space, with the Inspector appearing when you select an element and and the palettes appearing when nothing is selected, but they each grab space in a way that seems to prevent that. Beyond my pay grade.

In reply to by jwpratt

Undock means make it float like other window - just drag it by the title bar. You can then also dock it to the same side as the Inspector, so they appear stacked vertical or as separate tabs. The difference depends on exactly where you release when dragging. And of course, you can open and close the entire palette window with a single keystroke. Lots of flexibility here already.

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