The  osu! logo pulses according to the BPM of any song currently playing on the Intro screen. If no song is playing, it pulses at a default slow rate. The keyboard shortcut is in parentheses.
-  Click Play (P) or the logo to switch to the second intro screen.
-  Click Edit (E) to open the song selection Screen for the Editor.
-  Click Options (O) to go to the Options Screen.
-  Click Exit (Esc) to exit osu!.
-  A random useful tip is displayed below the menu.
-  In the lower-left is a link to the osu! website.
-  Connection result to Bancho!
-  In the bottom right is are the chat controls (F8&F9).
-  In the upper-right is the osu! jukebox which plays the songs in random order.
-  Next to the userpanel, the number of beatmaps, current running time of the program and your computer clock time.
-  In the upper-left is your user panel, click on it to display User Options.
Access this screen by clicking your user panel at the top left of the Intro Screen. You cannot access the Chat Consoles while viewing the user option screen. You can select any item by pressing the corresponding number on the option
- View Profile: Opens up your profile page in your web browser
- Change Active User: Allows you to bring up the account setup box which allows you to log in, log out and register an new account.
- Change Avatar: Open up the edit avatar page in your web browser
- Close : Close this window
- Click Solo (P) to play alone.
- Click Multi (M) to play with other people. Yow will be directed to Multi Screen.
- Click Back to return to Main Menu
- Full explanation: Multiplayer
Song Selection Screen
- Note: You can identify the song selection for a specific mode by checking the transparent leitmotif.
- "osu!" is osu!, "Drum" is Taiko, "Apple" is Catch the Beat and "Piano" is osu!mania
Because this screen has too many elements to note by easily noticeable numbers, this section will focus on one part of the screen at a time, starting from the top left and continuing in a roughly clockwise direction.
This area displays information on the beatmap currently selected. By default, the map whose song is heard in the osu! jukebox is selected when entering the selection screen. The BPM value listed is the highest that occurs in the beatmap. Hits is the maximum combo attainable in the beatmap. A heart symbol at the upper left denotes a Ranked beatmap.
Click on one of the tabs to sort your beatmap list according to the selected criterion. You can add beatmaps to FavouritesA or FavouritesB by the Beatmap Options menu (see below).
Place your cursor over the "Selection Options" area to have a list of fiters appear. Click on a box to narrow down your beatmap list according to the selected criterion. Select "Absolute Scrolling" to make the beatmap list scroll by moving your cursor - the part of the list displayed will then depend on your cursor's vertical position. The more beatmaps your list has, the more sensitive it will be to your cursor's movement.
Type on the Song Selection Screen and what you type will appear in this space. At the same time, the beatmap list will display only the maps whose information fields (song artist, song name, beatmapper, difficulty names, tags) match what you've typed.
The beatmap list displays all the beatmaps you have downloaded, with possible narrowing down depending on your selections in this screen. Boxes can have a lot of different colours:
- Red: this beatmap only has one difficulty version.
- Pink: this beatmap has not been played yet (on beatmap sets with more than one difficutly version).
- Orange: this beatmap has been played (on beatmap sets with more than one difficutly version).
- White: this beatmap is currently selected.
You can navigate the beatmap list using the mouse wheel, up and down arrow keys or drag it while holding the left mouse button. By holding down the right mouse button you activate Absolute Scrolling instead (see above). Click on a box to select that beatmap and display its information on the upper left, high scores (if any) on the left and, if you've cleared it, the letter grade of the highest score you've achieved. Click the box again, press Enter or click the osu! logo at the lower right to begin playing the beatmap.
Click the Mod Selection button or press F1 to call up the Mod Selection Screen.
In this screen, you can apply modifications ("mods" for short) to gameplay. Some mods lower difficulty and apply a modifier that lowers the score you achieve. Conversely, some mods increase the difficulty, but apply a modifier that increases the score you achieve. Finally, some mods modify gameplay in a different way. Taiko Mode falls in that category. Place your mouse on a mod's icon to see a short description of its effect. Click on an icon to select or deselect that mod. The score multiplier value displays the combined effect the multipliers of the mod(s) of you have selected will have on your score. Click "Reset all mods" or press 1 to deselect all currently selected mods. Click "Close" or press 2 or Esc to return to the Song Selection Screen. While you are on the Mod Selection Screen, you cannot access the Chat and Extended Chat Consoles. Notably, depends on your skin used, the text (like Double-time is renamed to Zoom for example) and icon may be changed but the mod effect will still work as usual.
Click the Random Map button or press F2 to have the game select a random beatmap from the currently displayed list.
Click the Beatmap Options button or press F3 to call up the Beatmap Options Menu for options on the currently selected beatmap.
- Press 1 or 2 or click the "Add to Favourites A" or "Add to Favourites B" button to add the selected beatmap to the FavouritesA or FavouritesB list, respectively. You can display either of these lists by clicking on the appropriate tab (see above).
- Press 3 or click "Delete..." to delete the currently selected beatmap or the entire beatmap set it belongs to from your hard drive. You will be prompted one more time before the beatmap(s) is/are actually deleted.
- Press 4 or click "Remove from Unplayed" to mark an unplayed beatmap as played.
- Press 5 or click "Clear local scores" to delete all records of the scores you have achieved in this beatmap. Only the Local high score list is cleared; the points actually scored from your plays remain intact.
- Press 6 or click "Edit" to open the selected beatmap in osu!'s Editor.
- Press 7 or Esc or click "Close" to return to the Song Selection Screen.
While you are on the Mod Selection Screen, you cannot access the Chat and Extended Chat Consoles.
Click on your user panel to access the User Options Menu.
Click the osu! logo to start playing the selected beatmap.
A variety of things can appear in this space:
- A "not yet submitted" box denotes a beatmap that has not been uploaded to the osu! site using the Beatmap Submission System.
- If an "Update to latest version" box appears, click on it to attempt to replace this beatmap with its most current version from the osu! site.
- A "Latest version but not approved box" appears means that the beatmap has been uploaded to the osu! site but is not ranked yet.
- Local Ranking Table will also be here.
- A "Not yet uploaded" means it's your created beatmap but you didn't upload it yet.
For ranked beatmaps, this area displays the high score tables. Online Ranking displays the 40 highest scores for the selected beatmap, while Local Ranking the scores you have achieved. Each box provides information on the relevant score. Click on one to display that play's Result Screen, from which you can watch a replay. Click the human/globe icons to switch to Local and Online Rankings, respectively. Click on the arrows to display the next or previous 8 scores. Click the curved arrows to refresh the online score list.
Click the word bubble icon to call up the Quick Web Access screen for the selected beatmap:
- Press 1 or click the "Beatmap Listing/Scores" button and your default Internet browser will attempt to display the Beatmap Listing and score page of the beatmap set the selected beatmap belongs to.
- Press 2 or click "Beatmap Topic" and your default Internet browser will attempt to display the forum thread of the beatmap set the selected beatmap belongs to.
- Press 3 or click "Quick Reply" and your default Internet browser will attempt to open a page where you can compose a reply to the forum thread of the beatmap set the selected beatmap belongs to.
- Press 4 or Esc or click "Cancel" to return to the Song Selection Screen.
While you are on the Quick Web Access Screen, you cannot access the Chat and Extended Chat Consoles.
This is the grade screen after you successfully passed the beatmap. You can access your Online results by scrolling down or pressing the obvious button.
Note: The grade skin will vary by skin used.
Online score leader-board
- Note: The back transparent leitmotif is based on what mode you played in.
- "osu!" is osu!, "Drum" is Taiko and "Apple" is CtB
This is your online leader-board. You can go here by scrolling down from the results screen. Your Local Scoreboard will show your name and the score as usual.
- You can change your name here to put on the Local Scoreboard.
- Your player bar. It shows whether your pp, pp rank, total score, and accuracy increases or decreases. Your level bar will increase based on score.
- Your options regarding the Beatmap.
- Export Replay as .osr: Save the replay that can be used online.
- Favourites A/B: Keep that specific Beatmap in Favourites A/B.
- Online Favourite: Make the Beatmap as your Online Favourite. It will show on your online profile under Beatmaps->Favourite Beatmaps
- Self-explanatory. Will not appear if offline.
- Map Rank: Your Ranking on the map. It will count along with mod plays score ranking despite you are not using any mods.
- Overall: Your profile standing. Basically, your Ranking place ranked score in that specific game mode.
- Accuracy: Will only be counted when your old score is surpassed. Accuracy is the average of all passed beatmaps.
- Ranked Score: Your Ranked Score. If it's an approved song, it will not increase at all.
- Total Score: Grand total score. Always increasing despite you failed the song or not surpassing old score. Affects your level bar.
- To Next Rank: How much score you need to move your current map ranking position up.
- Same as 4, but it is reserved for monthly Ranking Charts
- Achievement unlock. Any achievement you unlock will be shown here. Full list of possible achievements can be found at Achievements page
- Beatmap song with it's history of plays and pass rate.
- Beatmap Rating. Use your personal discretion based on whether you enjoy the beatmap or not. Best left alone if you can't decide.
- Return to Song Selection.