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Use MsLily to quickly write and edit short musical excerpts directly in Word. No switching to another program, no fonts to install, no separate music files to manage. MsLily is:


MsLily provides:

  • a panel for quickly writing, editing, and converting LilyPond music text into high-resolution images
  • Pre-written Templates (just point and click) for blank staff lines, clefs, notes, time signatures, a piano staff, etc.
  • fast, pixel-perfect, high-resolution image sizing and cropping
  • consolidation: no separate music files - it's all there in your Word document)


Videos & Tutorials

The tutorials page has a few videos for reference. For just a teaser, check out the playlist below.



Standard Edition: custom editor colors and a bit of music - creating this took about 30 seconds:

Screenshot: Word window with MsLily SE panel

Free Edition: Advanced Editing and the Settings Dialog are disabled, and most images include a "MsLily made" tag. For well under three minutes of effort:

Screenshot: Word window with MsLily Free panel and music sample



  • LilyPond - lilypond.org
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office Redistributable - www.microsoft.com
  • Microsoft Word 2013+
  • Microsoft .NET 4.5+ Redistributable


MsLily is written in C# and uses .NET and the Microsoft Office COM interface. Unfortunately, this means MsLily is currently only for Windows-based machines. A Mac version is in the long-term plan. Please let me know if you're interested - I will not follow this pathway unless there is interest.

MsLily has been tested and is stable on Windows  8 & 10, Word 2013 and Office 365.


Change Log

  • 20180704 - both MsLily Free and SE: first full release - now out of beta!
    • lots of changes, but the biggest is that I've re-written the data storage code & the way MsLily interacts with MS-Word. In short, things are faster and more stable, especially during cut/paste and drag-and-drop. There is a huge improvement in processing time when moving around multiple images.
    • Added checkboxes for "Ragged" and "Vertical Align"
    • Added Snippet Manager Tab. This needs a whole tutorial to explain, but at least it works. I don't like that it's a very non-LilyPond approach right now ... just name a snippet, then enter than name into the Simple Editor and press Insert - MsLily replaces the name with your code. I need to think a lot about how to implement this long-term.
  • 20171003 - both MsLily Free and SE: a minor but time-consuming fix to ensure the version shows up in "Add/Remove Programs"
  • 20170923 - for both MsLily Free and SE: a big change that removes lag/wait when opening/creating documents; clicking Reset now either clears the Simple Editor or restores the default code (alternates between these); right-click "Send to MsLily" is now a single undo step (just press Ctrl-Z once to undo)
  • 20170920 - MsLily now for sale/distribution via Sellfy.com!
  • 20170906 - MsLily SE teaser video released, YouTube channel started! Check out the playlist above. MsLily SE is up and running - market release to be later this month [knock on wood!]
  • 20170802 - second beta release!
    • Fix cut-and-paste failure when using context menu (right click); "Paste with source formatting" has no programmer interface, so it is not possible for MsLily to track the right-click paste operation - LilyPond code attached to an image will be lost; still seeking a workaround for this, but it looks like it may be a permanent problem
    • Fixed cut/paste between documents
    • Optimise image cropping (especially for big images)
    • Restore "MsLily made" title text for image insertions (I'm really torn on whether I'll omit this again ... )
  • 20170717 - first beta release!

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