Page Turners & Shortcuts


forScore works with a variety of accessories, including page turners, keyboards, MIDI devices, and styluses. Most MIDI devices and certain page turners can be connected using a cable (and usually an adapter such as Apple’s USB adapters or the iRig MIDI).

Most other accessories use Bluetooth and can be connected to your iOS device through the Settings app. Several specific devices connect directly to forScore through the Devices section of the app’s settings panel: these include AirTurn’s page turning devices that use the newer “Bluetooth Smart” technology, such as the PED, PEDpro, and BT200 series, as well as the iRig BlueBoard, and Turn Touch remote (forScore also offers limited, legacy support for certain third-party smart styluses—use of these is no longer recommended and compatibility cannot be guaranteed).


When an external (computer) keyboard is connected to your iOS device, forScore allows you to use a variety of shortcuts to perform common actions depending on which view you’re working in. In the main view, default shortcuts allow you to turn pages, enter annotation mode, open most menus, search, work with tabs, and more. Most of forScore’s menus include default shortcuts like search, back, and dismiss, while other views like the Metronome and Pitch Pipe feature shortcuts for common actions specific to each utility. To see all of the shortcuts that are currently available, press and hold the command key to see an overlay that lists all actions and the key combination you can use to activate each one.

By default, forScore turns pages when you press the arrow keys, space key, return key, and the page up/page down keys. That’s because many page turners are actually simplified keyboards that feature just a few “keys” or pedals and they usually send some combination of these keystrokes; this configuration allows forScore to work with most accessories right out of the box.


Most of forScore’s shortcuts can be customized, and you can set up dozens of optional actions with almost any keyboard shortcut you like. To do so, open forScore’s Tools menu and choose Settings, then tap “Page Turners & Shortcuts.” All available actions are listed here, grouped into several categories with their default commands in gray on the right-hand side, where applicable. To configure an action, tap to highlight it and then activate a control on your external device—if the signals it sends are compatible with forScore, you’ll see the command appear in blue next to it. Tap the “x” button to remove a custom command, if needed.

Note: if a shortcut isn’t being recognized, check that it’s not already assigned to a different action; if so, you’ll need to remove it from that other action before reassigning it to a new one. Note that certain signals, like MIDI commands that represent a range of values rather than a simple on/off state, cannot be used in this panel.

While most of these configurable actions work independently from each other, there are two that work in tandem: the Select Control and Activate Control options in the “Links & Buttons” section. Since each page can have any number of links or buttons, the former allows you to navigate between them while the latter activates the control that’s currently highlighted. If there’s only one link or button on the current page, you can use the “activate” shortcut to immediately use it without selecting it first.

Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil 2 features a unique double tap gesture that can be used to switch or adjust drawing tools while in annotation mode. If you like, you can also use that gesture to perform any of the shortcuts listed in this panel whenever annotation mode is inactive.

Note: If you’ve set the “Switch Tools” option to “any time” in the Apple Pencil section of forScore’s settings panel, that gesture will not be available for configuration here.

Virtual Keyboard

iOS’ virtual keyboard, which normally appears on the screen when you need to type, is hidden automatically if an external keyboard is connected (since Apple assumes that it would be redundant). However, since many page turning devices behave similarly, you may find that you can’t type when one is connected. Some page turners include a hardware workaround to help you with this issue, which you can learn more about here.

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