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Finale preferences files

Finale maintains program settings, including information about your MIDI system setup, by employing Finale preferences files. On Windows, these files are FINALE.INI, which includes dialog boxes and menu settings that affect your Finale working environment, and FINMIDI.INI, which contains settings controlled in the MIDI Setup dialog box and Audio Setup dialog box. These files do not include settings that differ from document to document.

Noteman says: Do not edit the FINALE.INI or FINMIDI.INI files unless instructed to do so by the MakeMusic Customer Success team. Doing so may interfere with Finale's MIDI and/or audio capabilities and can cause Finale to become unstable.

If a problem occurs during the course of using Finale, the MakeMusic Customer Success team may ask you to clear or delete your Finale preferences files. This is a normal troubleshooting step and does not affect any of your existing documents. Once the files have been removed from your system, re-launching Finale automatically creates a new version of these files with "factory-default" settings.

It is recommended that you do not edit or remove the following files unless instructed to do so by MakeMusic Customer Support.

To delete the Finale preference files

  1. Close Finale.
  2. Navigate to the appropriate location below:
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[your account]\Application Data\MakeMusic\Finale 2014
    • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Users\[your account]\AppData\Roaming\MakeMusic\Finale 2014

    This is a hidden folder. To show hidden files and folders in Windows Explorer, choose Tools > Folder Options, click the View tab, and select Show hidden files and folders.

  3. Delete the FINALE.INI and FINMIDI.INI files, which should be listed under the file type "Configuration Settings".
  4. On the desktop, empty your Recycle Bin.
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Re-launch Finale. The FINALE.INI and FINMIDI.INI files are re-generated with default settings.

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