Get Started with MusicReader

In this article we will give you an introduction to give you a smooth start with MusicReader.
Please fully read the sections below and check the reference to more information.
If there are remaining questions then go to the "Ask A Question" section on top of this page.


The library in MusicReader is a normal folder on your system containing PDF Files.
The actual location of the folder can be configured in the settings.
After installation the standard location is "Sheet Music PDF" under your Documents folder.

The PDF files in the library folder contain all information, changes and annotations you make.
Inside the library there is a library.xml file, but that one is only caching information for fast retrieval.

Add Files

There are multiple ways to add files:
  • The simplest way to add files is to simply copy then to the library folder.
  • You can also use the ADD button in the library screen inside the software.

Open and Closing Files

To open files click the library icon in the menu:

Then you see the library and are able to search for files.
To open a file please click it.

For detailed information read this article.

There is no need to manually close or save changes made to files.
All changes are automatically saved to the PDF file.


In the library you can add pieces to the active playlist.
To do this every file has this icon:

Press this icon to add it to the playlist.
Files that are added to the playlist show this icon:

If you have your screen in landscape then you can also see the playlist overview.
For more information on how that works check the section below.



A playlist is a list of PDF files, in most cases the program of a rehearsal or performance.
Playlists function as one piece containing the selected files, so after you finished the last page of one file, it will go to the next. In that way you can use a group of files without manually loading them.
You can also save playlist for future usage and load ones already saved.
Playlists are .mpl files and are normally stored in the library folder.

To open the playlist screen press this icon:

Activate an empty playlist

To activate an empty playlist you press this icon in the playlist screen:

The existing playlist will then be unloaded and you will see an empty list.

If you already had a playlist active then please be aware that changes are discarded.
So save existing playlists before activating a new one.

Add Files to Playlist

Adding files to the playlist is done through the library screen.
Please read the library information on top of this article for more details.
For fast access to the library press this icon in the playlist screen:

Save and Load Playlists

Playlists can be saved in a .mpl file to make it easy to use it again.
If you want to save a playlist then please press this icon in the playlist screen:

You will then see a save dialog.
The standard location for saving playlists is the library folder.

If you make changes to playlists then you need to save them manually.
This will not be done automatically.

If you need to load a playlist again then press this icon in the playlist screen:

You will then see a dialog where you can select the .mpl file you want to load.
The loaded playlist will be activated automatically.

For more information, see the Playlist section.


MusicReader support bookmarks to make jumping to certain locations easy.
The bookmark overview is located here:

In the bookmark overview you see all the created bookmarks.
Click the bookmark to jump to the page that contains the bookmark.

On top there is an "Add / Remove / Modify" button.
After clicking this button you can:
  • Add new bookmarks by clicking on an "empty" location on the sheet music.
  • Change / Remove a bookmark with clicking on a existing bookmark.
After doing this the popup menu will guide you through the process.

It's also possible to add linked bookmarks.
These bookmarks contain a link to another bookmark.
When you press such a bookmark on screen the software will jump to the page with the other bookmark.
Linked bookmarks can be created in the same way as normal bookmarks.

For more information about bookmarking check this article.

File Operations and Settings

In the menu Piece you can find the general file operations and settings:
  1. Download file from the Internet - downloaded PDF files are automatically added to library
  2. Information about the displayed file - change title, composer, etc.
    This information is used in the library.
  3. Save copy - save a copy of the currently loaded file under another name.
    Changes are saved automatically, so only use this to create a new file.
  4. Print displayed file or loaded playlist.
  5. Synchronize with another system / share files.
  6. Edit, Create, Scan and Convert PDF File.
  7. Page Settings - change the display and page turn setting for each page:

Page Turning and Navigation

In MusicReader there are multiple ways to turn pages:
  1. Press the screen at the right side (75%) will turn forward.
    The left side (25%) will turn the pages backward.
    You can see this by the green/red line at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Turn pages by using the Page-Up/Down keys and arrow keys.
  3. Use a foot pedal that uses these keys.
  4. Use MIDI signals (see settings screen).
  5. Use the menu arrows:

If you want to jump to a certain page at once then click this icon:

For page turning we have three modes:
  1. Standard Page Turn - it uses the page turn defined in the Page Settings .

  2. Whole Page - the full page is turned

  3. Half Page - only half of the page is turned
For more information about page turning modes check this article.

Information about Page Settings can be found here.

Page Viewing Options

In MusicReader there are three different ways in which pages can be viewed:
  1. One Page (In Landscape and Portrait)

  2. Two Pages (Only in Landscape)

  3. Half Page (Only in Landscape)
Some of these modes work only in landscape or portrait.
If you need to switch between landscape / portrait then please check this menu item:


In MusicReader there are multiple ways to make annotations:
  1. Pencil - draw or write:
    Click here for detailed information.
  2. Marker - highlight areas in the sheet music
    Click here for detailed information.
  3. Eraser - erase annotations you made:

    Click here for detailed information.
  4. Symbols - Insert predefined symbols:

    Click here for detailed information.
  5. Text - Insert typed text:

    Click here for detailed information.


In the more menu you can find the following items:
  1. Settings Screen - the configuration of the software:

    Check this section for more information.
  2. Help Screen - get to the knowledge base:
  3. Metronome, Tuner, Recorder and Music Player:
    Check this section for more information.

Editing, Scanning and Converting PDF files

If you want to scan, edit or convert PDF files then please go here:

For more information read this section.
Posted by: Marco Leoné - Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 1:25 PM. This article has been viewed 42912 times.
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