Multi-window support is a natural part of using a Mac but still a relatively new addition to iPad. Windows give you the freedom to multitask with ease, letting you switch from one context to another without losing your work or having to remember what you were just viewing.

Note: multi-window support is only available on macOS and iPadOS. Specific instructions for opening or closing windows can depend on your operating system and version—please consult Apple’s documentation for complete details.

Primary Window

forScore’s main interface always appears first. It offers the complete forScore experience, all features described in this guide, and can be used on its own without any additional windows.

Secondary Windows

While forScore’s primary window gives you complete access to all of the app’s features, secondary windows offer a more modern, streamlined interface built using functionality that wasn’t available when forScore was first built. Secondary windows are designed to take full advantage of these features—things like Contextual Menus—and offer a unique experience designed around them. In most cases, secondary windows mimic the core forScore experience and conform to your preferred settings; they work as similarly to the primary window as possible while offering most of the app’s best functionality.

Secondary windows combine forScore’s many different windows and panels into a single hierarchy, with a sidebar, menu, and page view all in one. Swipe inward from the left side of the screen or press the sidebar button in the top left-hand corner of the screen to access these views.

Sidebar & Search:

The sidebar gives you a high-level view of your library and the integrated search function offers instant access to almost anything (just like the primary window’s global search function).


Menus are presented to the right of the sidebar—their lists can be sorted and their contents can be edited in similar ways as the primary window using the icons in the navigation bar at the top of the menu or with swipe actions and contextual menus. Menus also feature a search bar that lets you filter the contents of the list below it.

Page View:

The page view supports similar gestures as the primary window (swipe or tap to turn pages and tap the center of the screen to show or hide the navigation bar and seek bar). Use the buttons in the navigation bar to edit or share the current score and to access the Display Options interface where you can adjust layout, page turning behavior, sepia mode, performance mode, face gestures, and more.

External Windows

Much like the older “tv output” setting originally offered for the earliest iPads that didn’t support screen mirroring, external windows show a copy of the current score in a presentation-friendly way so you can show a page to students, an audience, or to multiple performers. This type of window is created when toggling the “external display” option in the Display Options interface, shown at all times on macOS and also on iPads whenever an external display is available.

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