MuseScore (2.0.3) displays the full instrument names only on the first line, on the other lines it is displayed shortened, like this:

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  1. How to force the application to show the instrument names always full?
  2. Bonus question: How to influence the way of shortening the names?

Right-click on the instrument name and click Staff Properties.

MuseScore Staff Properties

Type whatever you want under Long Instrument Name and Short Instrument Name to change what is displayed in each context.

More information is available on the MuseScore documentation Staff Properties page.

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