Getting the most out of this guide

This document was designed to introduce you to forScore’s many features, and to give you a framework of knowledge to use as you continue exploring and learning on your own. It’s not a technical manual and isn’t intended to provide exhaustive step-by-step instructions for every situation.

Every person learns differently, and while we do our best to make things clear for users of all levels, you may have some questions that aren’t answered here. If that’s the case, just head to and send us a message so we can help.


forScore runs on iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches running iOS 12.4 or later, and on Macs running macOS 11.0 or later. Except where noted, functions available on one device are also available (and work similarly) on the others. Exact placement and appearance of features may vary based on your OS version, device, settings, and multitasking mode.

As of iOS 13, Apple began referring to iOS as “iPadOS” when running on iPads. These operating systems work very similarly, so to keep things simple we refer to iOS and iPadOS collectively as “iOS” throughout this guide. Unless otherwise noted, those references apply equally to both platforms.


forScore is designed to be used with a variety of input methods including touch, keyboards, and trackpads or mice. In general, we use words like “tap” and “drag” or “swipe” which translate to “click” or “scroll” when using a mouse or trackpad. When we refer to screen size or device orientation, these concepts translate to window size and aspect ratio when presented on a Mac.

A note about Drag and Drop and Contextual Menus

Since they were introduced, forScore has fully supported and made extensive use of both Drag and Drop as well as Contextual Menu interactions added to iOS 11 and 13, respectively. To keep things simple, this guide doesn’t call out every situation where these features are available. Instead, we provide two sections at the end of this document that help you understand when these interactions can speed up the tasks you’ve learned about in earlier sections.

Additional information about this user guide

This user guide is provided as a courtesy, as-is and without guarantee or warranty. Although we thoroughly proofread the content herein for accuracy and clarity, you are solely responsible for the integrity and protection of your information while using forScore.

This guide was last updated for version 12.0, and all features are subject to change without notice. If you are unsure how any of the processes described in this guide may affect your information, consider backing up your data before proceeding.

Please remember that many musicians rely on the legitimate sale of their sheet music as an essential part of their income. Although forScore provides the mechanism for importing PDF files from the numerous sources, it is solely your responsibility to ensure that doing so does not infringe upon any current laws or restrictions under which you are subject.

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All content copyright © 2020 forScore, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of this document may be reproduced, modified, or distributed without permission.

All content copyright © 2020 forScore, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of this document may be reproduced, modified, or distributed without permission.