Graphically, there isn't a large difference between ties and slurs, but musically and functionally in Finale there is. A tie connects two notes to hold a pitch for the duration of both notes, while a slur phrases two notes together (sometimes on different pitches, but always re-struck).

Finale uses three available tie spans—short, medium, and long—whose lengths you can separately define to best suit your document. Other global settings for each tie span allow you to tailor their overall appearance and placement in the score. You can further position and shape ties in the score individually.

Adding and deleting ties

Changing tie direction

Adjusting tie shape and placement

Breaking ties at time and key signatures

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