Keyboard shortcuts

Updated 8 years ago
This page shows old instructions for MuseScore 1.
For MuseScore 4 users, see Keyboard shortcuts.

Most keyboard shortcuts can be customized via EditPreferences...Shortcuts tab (Mac: MuseScorePreferences...Shortcuts tab). Below is a list of some of the initial shortcut settings.


Beginning of score: Home
Last page of score: End

Next score: Ctrl+Tab
Previous score: Shift⇑+Ctrl+Tab

Zoom in: Ctrl++ or Ctrl + mouse wheel
Zoom out: Ctrl+- or Ctrl + mouse wheel

Next page: Pg Dn or Shift⇑ + mouse wheel
Previous page: Pg Up or Shift⇑ + mouse wheel

Next measure: Ctrl+ (Mac: +)
Previous measure: Ctrl+ (Mac: +)

Next note:
Previous note:

Note below (within a chord or on lower staff): Alt+
Note above (within a chord or on higher staff): Alt+

Top note in chord: Ctrl+Alt+ (Ubuntu uses this shortcut for Workspaces instead)
Bottom note in chord: Ctrl+Alt+ (Ubuntu uses this shortcut for Workspaces instead)

Note entry

Begin note entry mode: N
Leave note entry mode: N or Esc


1 ... 9 selects a duration. see also note entry .

Half duration of previous note: Q
Double duration of previous note: W


Voices 1: Ctrl+I Ctrl+1 (Mac +I +1)
Voice 2: Ctrl+I Ctrl+2 (Mac +I +2)
Voice 3: Ctrl+I Ctrl+3 (Mac +I +3)
Voice 4: Ctrl+I Ctrl+4 (Mac +I +4)


Pitches can be entered by letter name, or MIDI keyboard. See note entry for full details.

Repeat previous note: R

Raise pitch by octave: Ctrl+ (Mac: +)
Lower pitch by octave: Ctrl+ (Mac: +)

Raise pitch by semi-tone (prefer sharp):
Lower pitch by semi-tone (prefer flat):

Add sharp to note: (undefined due to conflicts with tie)
Add flat to note: -

Rest: 0 (zero)


Add interval above current note: Alt+[Number]
Add interval below current note: Shift⇑+[Number]


Flip direction (stem, slur, tie, tuplet bracket, etc): X
Mirror note head: Shift⇑+X


Tie : +
Slur : S
Staccato: Shift⇑+.
Crescendo: H
Decrescendo: Shift⇑+H

Text entry

Staff text: Ctrl+T
System text: Ctrl+Shift+T
Tempo text: Ctrl+Alt+T
Chord name : Ctrl+K
Rehearsal Mark: Ctrl+M

Lyrics entry

Enter lyrics on a note: Ctrl+L
Previous lyric syllable: Shift⇑+Space (In MuseScore 1.1 and earlier: Ctrl+)
Next lyric syllable: if the current and the next sylables are separated by a '-': -, else Space (In MuseScore 1.1 and earlier in either case: Ctrl+)

Move lyric syllable left by 1sp:
Move lyric syllable right by 1sp:
Move lyric syllable left by 0.1sp: Ctrl+
Move lyric syllable right by 0.1sp: Ctrl+
Move lyric syllable left by 0.01sp: Alt+
Move lyric syllable right by 0.01sp: Alt+

Up to previous stanza: Ctrl+ (Mac: +)
Down to next stanza: Ctrl+ (Mac: +)

For more lyric shortcuts, see lyrics


Navigator: F12 (Mac: ++N)
Play Panel: F11 (Mac: ++P)
Palette: F9 (Mac: ++K)
Mixer: F10 (Mac: M)