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Document styles and templates

Reusing score settings for house styles and creating blank documents with common score settings.

You can reuse document settings from any existing document by designating it as it as a Document StyleA Document Style is a model document with settings that can be inherited by new scores created with the Setup Wizard. Document Styles differ from templates in that you still need to specify which instruments appear in your score; you can also associate a Document Style with a particular Setup Wizard ensemble so that it is always used for that ensemble. Like templates, Document Styles can use the Finale Template File extension, .FTMX, or they can be regular MUSX files. , which is a model document with settings that can be inherited by new scores created with the Setup Wizard. When you designate a file as a Document Style, you are telling Finale you would like to use its articulations, expressions, fonts, staff lists, score lists, staff styles, page layout and other document options and libraries alongside the instrumentation and other settings you define in the Setup Wizard. See Reusing document settings for more information.

If there is a particular instrumentation that you use frequently, you can also build a score configuration exactly one time and save that configuration as a templateA template behaves like a piece of stationary in Finale. Finale Template Files use the file extension .FTMX, while older ("legacy") versions of Finale used the extension .FTM. When you open a template document, Finale opens the last two pages of the Setup Wizard where you can customize the template’s title, composer, time signature, key signature, and other settings. Upon finishing the Wizard, Finale opens a new untitled document based on your settings (so you don’t accidentally change the original).. Or, as an alternative to using templates, you can save a custom ensemble in the Setup Wizard; this allows you to choose a different Document Style whenever you start a new file using your custom ensemble.

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