Tap the red areas to turn the page, tap the green area to show and hide the controls, and tap the blue corners to reopen the last-viewed menu

When space permits, you may see two additional items in the main control bar; tap and hold either of these icons to change their function or to disable them if you prefer

Welcome to forScore! Here are a few quick things you should know before you get started.

Turning Pages

Turn the page with two basic kinds of gestures: swipes and taps. Swipe left or right across the screen like flipping through pages in a book, or simply tap either side of the screen once. When using a trackpad or mouse, click the sides of the page or scroll to turn pages.


To get a better view of your score, turn your device sideways: the page will fill up the screen’s width and extend downward if necessary. Swipe or tap to scroll from top to bottom and between pages, or drag the page up and down with your finger.


To help you get the best view of your music, forScore’s controls are hidden by default. A quick, single tap or click in the middle of the page reveals these controls:

This control bar along the top of the screen gives you access to six important items (in blue): scores, bookmarks, and setlists on the left, and search, audio utilities, and the tools menu on the right. These items are discussed in greater detail throughout this guide.

The darker area in the middle of the toolbar displays the current item’s title, composer, and gives you quick access to commonly used tools and functions. Tap or click the arrow button on the right to reveal a second page of tools, or swipe left and right to move between pages. The “···” button on the second page lets you reorder these items, placing up to two of them on the first page for easy access (the second item replaces the arrow button, but you can still swipe left and right to move between pages).

On iPhone or iPod Touch, the default first item activates Reflow. On other devices it defaults to a button that toggles half page turns when your device is held in portrait orientation and two-page mode while in landscape.

Seek Bar

Across the bottom of the page, a slider control allows you to quickly preview and jump to any page in the current score. If you’ve added bookmarks to your score, the name of the bookmark hovers above the white dot as you scroll or drag it across the screen.


Place two fingers on the screen (or trackpad) and move them farther apart to zoom in, or closer together to zoom out. Double-tap while zoomed in to return to the normal size, and double-tap while zoomed out to show additional display options.

Display Options

Double tap the center of the page to show forScore’s Display Options overlay which allows you to choose how to fit your music to the available space: standard mode uses a common 3:4 aspect ratio to ensure the page looks the same on every device, best fit mode gives you a better view but may clip some annotations drawn outside of the page’s bounds, and zoomed mode makes the page as big as possible but may clip the left and right edges of your music. Note that some of these modes may look identical depending on the size of your pages or forScore’s current dimensions. Visit this article to learn more about these modes.

This overlay also gives you quick access to additional display settings such as half page turns (in portrait orientation) or two-up mode (in landscape orientation) and visual effects like Sepia. If an external display is connected, this overlay also shows additional options related to video output.

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