Tilting Mirror dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose Window > Advanced Tools Palette. Choose the Mirror tool .
  2. Click an empty measure (to create a new composite mirrorAn intelligent copy of one or more musical source regions that are dynamically linked: when the source measures change, the mirror also changes.) or a measure with a Mirror icon (to edit a composite mirror).

What it does

The Tilting Mirror is so named because you can maneuver this one-measure "window" around the score, copying individual notes from various measures. The result is a composite mirror, each note of which is dynamically linked to the note from which it was mirrored.

The Tilting Mirror initially appears blank, because you’re viewing the measure you originally clicked (which, you’ll recall, was empty). Click the up, down, left, and right arrows to move from measure to measure in the score; the contents of each measure appear in this window.

To specify several notes of a measure you want included in your composite mirror, click the arrow buttons until the source measure appears in the window. Then drag the handle at the top of each cut bar—the dotted vertical lines—until the cut bars enclose the notes you want included in your composite mirror. Click Prev, Next, Insert, or OK; Finale asks you if you’re sure you want to add the selected notes—hereafter called a mirror fragment—to the composite mirror.

  • Prev • Next. Click these buttons to scroll among the mirror fragments you’ve already assembled in the measure. If the music displayed between the two dotted-line cut bars is a fragment you haven’t yet selected for inclusion in this composite mirror, click Prev or Next to select it.
  • Delete. Click Delete to remove the fragment you’re viewing from this mirrored measure.
  • Insert. Click Insert if you want to place a new mirror fragment just before the one you’re viewing. Finale returns the cut bars to the ends of the display window so that you can choose a new musical fragment (click the arrow buttons if necessary). Click OK, Prev, Next, or Insert again in the usual way. This time, however, Finale inserts the fragment instead of adding it to the end of the composite mirror.
  • Layer: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4. This drop-down menu identifies the layer (of the source measure) whose contents you’re viewing. Switch to a different layer by choosing its name. (Your composite mirror fragment can include notes from all layers.)
  • [Up, down, left, and right arrow buttons]. These arrows let you change your view of the source measure. Click the UP ARROW to view the measure in the staff immediately above, the right arrow to view the next measure, and so on. As you proceed, you’ll see the contents of each measure you view, adjusted for the mirror measure’s clef. (If you move your "view" to another mirrored measure, it will appear blank in this window.)
  • Cancel. Click Cancel to return to the score without creating a mirror (or, if you’ve been editing an existing mirror, without saving your changes).
  • OK. Click OK to conclude your assembly of the composite mirror measure. (If the music displayed between the two dotted-line cut bars is a fragment you haven’t yet selected for inclusion in this composite mirror, Finale asks if you want to save changes.) If you’ve just created a new composite mirror, the Mirror Attributes dialog box is displayed, in which you can specify a number of additional characteristics for the composite mirror.

See also:

Mirror Tool

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