Preferences-Display Colors dialog box
How to get there
The Display Colors dialog box can be accessed in two ways:
- Choose Finale 2012 > Preferences > Preferences and select Display Colors.
- Choose View > Select Display
What it does
The Display Colors options allow you to
assign colors to different layers as well as to different elements in
your scor such as articulations, Text Blocks and Smart Shapes. This is
useful for differentiating between various objects in order to easily
identify which tools created them, or to which layer they belong. Display
colors can be printed. Select Print Display Colors in the Print dialog
box. The color display settings are Preferences that are daved when
Finale saves your preferences in the Finale.INI.
Unlinked Items. With this box checked, items that have been broken
in a linked part change color (to orange). The item in the score also
changes color indicating this item is broken in one or more parts. For
example, if an expression is repositioned in a linked part, it will change
color in the part indicating future score edits to the positioning will
not apply to that item in the part (see Linked
Score Colors. Select this checkbox if you want Finale to display
musical items in color. If it is not selected, color is not used for musical
items, but is still used for the interface elements. To print using the
display colors, this checkbox must be selected.
Colors Apply to All Layer Items. Select this checkbox if you want
Finale to set all items in layers 1–4 to the specified colors for each
layer, including items such as expressions, chords and lyrics.
Elements: Layer 1 • Layer 2 • Layer 3 • Layer 4 . . . Expressions.
A number of items in your score can be assigned different colors.
Click on any item button to choose a color for the item. The color specified
for Staff Names will be used for all staff names in the score—both full
and abbreviated names and the default, non-printing names. The color specified
for Group Items will be used for all group names in the score—both full
and abbreviated names and the default, non-printing names. It will also
be used for the brackets and alternate barlines for the group of staves.
Colors: Selected Notes • Playback Cursor • Staff Style Bar • Selected
Staff Style Bars. Some items in Finale appear only in the display
to help you see how Finale is functioning behind the scenes. You can control
the color of the interface items listed here. Click on any item button
to choose a color for the item. Selected Notes refers to Control-clicking
a note in Simple Entry. The Playback Cursor appears during Scrolling Playback.
Staff Style Bars appear when Show Staff Styles is selected in the Staff