Editing and navigation tips for Finale.

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To quickly find out the correct horizontal/verical values (for example relative to a barline) to use for a category, do like this:

  1. Create a sample expression with cleared positioning offset values, but that use the same positioning types as the category will use.
  2. Drag the expression to the point where it looks correct
  3. Bring up the context menu for the expression and select Edit Expression Assignment...
  4. Read the values at Offset from Alignment Point and enter them in the category positioning fields.

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Here are two different ways to use Common Time and 4/4 time signatures in the same document.

 

First method can be used only if you don't use "alla bréve" (2/2) in your piece - here's how to do it:

  1. Go to the Options/Document Settings/Time Signature Options... dialog box.
  2. Make sure that Abbreviate Common Time to is unchecked.
  3. Make sure that Abbreviate Cut Time to is checked. Also, change the character to use for cut time to the Common Time symbol. Normaly, you should enter c in that entry box (instead of C).
  4. Now you can use both 4/4 and Common Time. To display common time, use the time signature of 2/2.

Second method can be used in any document:

  1. Go to the Options/Document Settings/Time Signature Options... dialog box. Make sure that Abbreviate Common Time to is checked. Close the dialog box.
  2. When you later want 4/4 instead of the default Common Time, click on the Options >> button to expand the time signature dialog. Check Use a Different Time Signature for Display and uncheck Abbreviate. 4/4 will now show up instead of Common Time.

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Sometimes it can be very handy to make a huge zoom-in to control the exact placements of the elements in the Finale document. A problem with the Zoom Tool is that you rarely get the area you want to view. But there is a fast and controlled solution available. To quickly zoom in to 1000% (which is Finale's maximum zoom value), do like this:

  1. Press down the control keys (please refer to your Quick Reference Card) to temporary get the Zoom Tool - or select the Zoom Tool icon
  2. Push down the mouse button to start a zoom drag operation. [If you're using on the temporary Zoom Tool method on the PC, you should use the right mouse button for dragging.] Push down the mouse button at one of the "corners" of the zoom area.
  3. Now just move the mouse a very small distance - only until a small dashed rectangle is shown. [This rectangular area represents the 1000% zoom.]
  4. When you see the rectangle, release the mouse button.

You can quickly get back to the previous zoom state and view by double-click with the right mouse button.

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If you want to change the visual contents around a multimeasure rest (easiest changed in Scroll View), this information may be of use:

  • Entries that aren't note-attached (such as measure-attached expressions and text blocks) are displayed at the multimeasure rest if they are attached to the first measure in the region.
  • If you want to change the barline after a multimeasure rest, you have to change the barline after the last measure in the region.

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To change the notehead font on just a section of the music, use staff styles. A staff style can be applied on a partial measure selection, and in this way you can create a new staff style that uses another notehead font on just one or a few notes.

To change the notehead font on a single note only, use the Note Shape Tool (in the Special Tools).