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I set a text to music, but I started too low when writing the song text into MuseScore (because there had been lyrics already, which I deleted beforehand as I recall). Now there are three "empty lines", and only then the first verse starts.

Is there a way to move all lyrics three lines up? See picture...

Mis-placed lyrics

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Unfortunately, MuseScore's lyrics functions are poorly implemented, which makes them very hard to edit or move en masse. As far as I know, there is no way to move these all simultaneously. Your options are to retype them all or move each lyric segment.

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  • Thanks for your feedback. This is a bit cumbersome, but it'll be okay. I wanted to ask before doing it, so that I won't come to know with hindsight there would have been an easier way.
    – user12261
    Jul 4 '14 at 10:20
  • This is somewhat out of date. MuseScore's lyrics still aren't very good, but they are a lot better than they used to be. Nov 7 '20 at 21:05
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Here are instructions valid as of MuseScore 3.5.0.13199 Revision 43c5553 (Windows 10).

  1. Right click on the verse you want to remove, and choose select -> more....
  2. In the select dialog, click the same subtype option, then click the ok button.
  3. Press delete.
  4. Right-click on the verse to be moved, and repeat step #2.
  5. In the Element Inspector (press F8 if not showing), in the Lyrics section, decrement the verse number.
  6. Admire your haniwork.

Again, but with pictures ...

1) Right click on the verse you want to remove, and choose select -> more....

MuseScore menu

2) In the select dialog, click the same subtype option, then click the ok button.

"Select" menu

Your score will look something like this.

Score with verse selected

3) Press delete.

Score after verse deleted

4) Right-click on the verse to be moved, and repeat step #2.

  1. In the Element Inspector (press F8 if not showing), in the Lyrics section, decrement the verse number.

This section is at the bottom of the Inspector window

Lyric verse adjustment button

Your lyrics move as you make Inspector changes

Lyrics after adjustment

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Ctrl-Right Click on the individual words you want to move and then with the Ctrl Key down drag the lyrics up. I guess the command key would work for Mac users.

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  • user30337, is this now supported? If so what version of Musescore supports this?
    – PatS
    Apr 30 '19 at 13:02

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