Document Options-Key Signatures dialog box
How to get there
Choose Document > Document
Options and select Key Signature.
What it does
Use these options to specify where to display
key signatures, and configure key signature spacing.
Key Signature Only on First Staff System. When selected, Finale
will display the key signature on the first staff system of each page
only. This options is particularly useful for notating lead sheets.
C, Display Naturals at Start of Staff System. If a key change to
the key of C occurs at the end of a line, select this item if you want
Finale to repeat the display of canceling accidentals by drawing them
at the beginning of the new line. (The naturals appear at the end of the
previous line whether this option is selected or not, if you’ve specified
that you want "courtesy" key signatures to appear at the ends
Key Signature if Only Mode is Changing. Using the Key Signature
Tool, you can create virtually any key signature; each can have any note
of the scale as its root. This option has to do with key changes from
one key to another that have identical sharps or flats in the key signature,
but aren’t actually the same key (and are instead in different modes)—for
example, from C minor to E major. Select this item if you want Finale
to treat such a key change in the usual way—by canceling the first key
signature before displaying the second. If you don’t select this option,
Finale won’t cancel the first key signature before displaying the second.
Outgoing Key Signature. If the key is changing from a "sharp"
key to one with fewer sharps, or a "flat" key to one with fewer
flats, select this option if you want Finale to display "canceling"
naturals in the courtesy key signature for any sharps (or flats) that
are no longer sharped (or flatted) in the new key signature. Otherwise,
no naturals will appear in the courtesy key signature.
Courtesy Key Signature at End of Staff System. If a time signature
change occurs at the end of a line (system) of music, it’s traditional
to forewarn the musician by displaying the incoming time signature at
the rightmost end of the preceding system. If you want this "courtesy"
key or time signature to appear, select this checkbox. If not, leave it
unselected, and the new key or time signature will only appear at the
beginning of the new line.
Octave When Simplifying Keys. When using Simplify Keys in a Staff
Transposition, Finale will octave displace a note in some rare circumstances.
Checking this box will prevent the octave jump while attempting to simplify
the key for transposing instruments. This box is unchecked for documents
converted from earlier versions.
Before Key Signature Key • Space
After Key Signature • Canceled
Key. The top two numbers determine the amount of space before and
after a key signature in the score, respectively. The Canceled Key number
sets the distance between a "canceled" (outgoing) key signature
and a new one.
Between Key Signature Accidentals. This number determines the distance
between accidentals in key signatures.
Space Between Key and Time Signature. Here, specify the space between
the key signature and time signature. You can use this setting as an alternative
to the Space Before key signature setting.
Characters; Select. Here, specify characters to use for accidentals
on key signatures. Select an accidental type from the drop-down list,
then click Select to choose the character for the accidental. The available
characters will depend on the default font for key specified in Font options.
Key Signature dialog box