I'm trying to separate a choral arrangement into simplified individual sheets for the different parts and instruments.

Need to be able to create a sheet with:

  1. Music
  2. Lyrics
  3. Chords

I have issues adding lyrics. When I press Cmd+K to enter chords, the measure gets adjusted to make sure the chords fit. However the same is not true when I press Cmd+L for lyrics. What am I doing wrong?

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    See this tutorial. Part 1: musescore.org/node/11723. Part 2: musescore.org/en/node/11726
    – user19146
    Jan 15, 2017 at 21:46
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    Can you be more specific about what the problem is? The notes don't move around at all when you type the lyrics in? Perhaps you can post an image of how it looks wrong? Jan 16, 2017 at 8:08

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Musescore should automatically adjust the positions of notes to fit the lyrics. If it is not, then you may have a setting somewhere that is locking down the positions of the notes and preventing them from moving automatically.

Also be aware that if you see a little angled arrow symbol at the end of a line, that means Musescore won't move a measure to the next line if it gets crowded. You'll have to either move it yourself or remove the fixed newline.

See the following image for an example: enter image description here

  • I had an angled arrow at the end of the line. Let me check if removing that fixes the problem.
    – galdin
    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:54
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    Is this a Todd Wilcox original? 'Cause it's stuck in my head now... Jan 16, 2017 at 17:36
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