How to type musical notes

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by gtry, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. gtry macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2008
  2. eric55lv Guest


    Aug 5, 2007
    Las Vegas,NV
    I think the seel keyboards with notes intsead of letters in some places
  3. saxman macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2004
    Do you have any music notation programs like Finale? If you do, they probably have a music font that you can use in a word processor or probably anywhere. If you don't have one, you can download MakeMusic's Notepad, which is free, it should install the Maestro font that you can use
  4. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    If you want to insert the few most-common musical symbols into text, such as putting a flat sign in the middle of a sentence, you can use the Mac OS X Character Palette, a window that lets you select symbols and special characters visually.

    To get to the Character Palette:
    • In programs like Safari and TextEdit, choose Edit -> Special Characters.
    • To make it available in any program, go to System Preferences -> International -> Input Menu. Check "Character Palette" and "Show input menu in menu bar". From then on, while in any application, you can choose "Show Character Palette" from the Input menu on the right of your menu bar (next to the clock). With U.S. settings, the icon is a U.S. flag.
    Once you display the Character Palette, you can
    • Open and close the sections to browse the symbols. The "Musical Symbols" section is in the "Symbols" category.
    • Double click a character to insert it into your text.
    • Select a character and click "Insert".
    • Search for specific characters or groups using the search field at the bottom of the window. You might type "flat" for example.
    I'm glad if this information helped you. It was no treble at all! #
  5. Sumsha macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2011
    Well, I figured out an easier way that suits me very well. I just added these symbols in my keyboard correction list in Pages preferences. Like when I type i` it autocorrects to ♪. Similarly i`` corrects to ♫. Now what I need to know is how to do something like this on Facebook!
  6. Potin, Jul 28, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2012

    Potin macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2012
    Medellin - Colombia
  7. jovistel macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2013
    does this apply to e-chords as well? Found a crappy site but was not help :(
  8. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Here's a guide, I use this pretty regularly:

    A flat --> Ab
    A --> A
    A sharp --> A#
    B flat --> Bb

  9. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Also M for major, m for minor. And of course the D7.
  10. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    If you are trying to write music, I'd check out a program like Guitar Pro or Melody Assistant.
  11. jwpastor1963 macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2015
    Wow Sumsha that worked great. I can copy and paste in any symbol in the world, any symbol i find online. I even copied your ♫ symbol from your post lol. Thanks for the super great way to do this. I will just add this helper. (Apple > System Preferences> Keyboard> Text tab> then use the + sign to add to the list) AWESOME!
  12. Nigelgreenx macrumors newbie


    Nov 28, 2015
    I fell at the first post - TextEdit I have doesn't have any menus so I can't go to Edit unless you know how to show menus. Alt doesn't work like in WIndows.
  13. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    If you're used to the Windows interface and its conventions, you may be expecting to see menus in the TextEdit window. Instead, under Mac OS X, they are at the very top of your screen.
  14. pfgpowell macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    I need a font with musical notation went to install MakeMusic's Notepad and followed your link but it says it is for Windows. Thought this was a Mac site.
  15. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    You're correct. MakeMusic has three software products, but only their "Finale" product is available for both Windows and macOS.
  16. Mousse macrumors 68010


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    I use MuseScore. You can input notes via computer keyboard, mouse or MIDI device (a keyboard keyboard). It's available for both PCs and Macs and it's free.

    If you just want fonts with musical symbols and notes, there are plenty available. I use MusiSync. Install like you would any TT font.

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