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This tool lets you create, edit, and adjust the positions of tuplets. (The word tuplet describes a class of irregular note divisions such as triplets, quintuplets, or septuplets.) You can use it to describe the visual appearance of the tuplet (whether or not it has a bracket, for example) as well as its rhythmic definition (how many quarter notes in the space of a half note, for example).

For information regarding tuplets in scores with linked parts, see Tuplets in linked parts.

You can predefine the default appearance of tuplets when you first create them (with the Simple Entry, Speedy Entry or HyperScribe tools) including whether or not a slur or bracket appears, at what height it appears, and so on. To do so, double-click the Tuplet tool; Finale displays the Tuplet Definition dialog box, where you can specify how you want new tuplets to look. To do so, use the Simple Entry Tuplet tool. See Tuplets (Simple Entry). For pre-define more advanced tuplets, see To enter a duplet, septuplet or other tuplet.

Tip. Change Tuplet settings over a selected region with the Selection tool. Choose Tuplets from the Change Submenu of the Utilities menu.


There are six positioning handles. Two control the horizontal and vertical length of the bracket. One controls number position. Another controls the position of the entire bracket and number. Two others control the angle of the bracket and the position of the bracket without moving the number.


You can create Tuplet Metatools—one-key equivalents for tuplet definitions—that can save you time if you need to create many tuplets from non-tuplet notes in your score (because you avoid having to access a dialog box).


To program a Tuplet Metatool

Click the Tuplet tool. Press shift and a number key or a letter key. Finale displays the Tuplet options; create the tuplet you want to correspond to the number or letter key you pressed. Click OK.

To use a Tuplet Metatool

Click the Tuplet tool. While pressing the number or letter corresponding to the Metatool you programmed, click a note (or, if the note is in Voice 2, click below the staff). Finale automatically transforms the note you clicked and subsequent notes into the tuplet grouping you predefined, complete with a bracket or slur (if you specified one) with the positioning you specified.


Contextual menus are reached by CONTROL-clicking on the handle of an object or right mouse-clicking on the Main Tool Palette tool. A contextual menu will be displayed where you can select various items.


Tuplet tool

Menu item

What it does

Edit Default Tuplet Visual Definition

Displays Document Options-Tuplets


Tuplet Handles

Menu item

What it does

Edit Tuplet Definition

Displays the Tuplet Definition dialog box

Shape Type: Nothing • Slur • Bracket

Change the bracket style for this tuplet

Placement: Manual • Stem/Beam Side • Note Side • Above • Below

Change tuplet placement for this tuplet

Always Flat

Flatten the tuplet bracket

Avoid Staff

Place the tuplet above the top or below the bottom staff line

Bracket Full Duration

Extend tuplet bracket to enclose the full rhythmic duration

Center Number Using Duration

Center the tuplet number based on the rhythmic center


Flip the tuplet to the other side of the staff


Reset tuplet to settings specified in Document Options-Tuplets


Check this option to show, or uncheck to hide (on the printed page)

Relink to Score (parts only)

Restore the link to its corresponding score item

Unlink In All Parts (score only)

Break the link between the score and this item in all parts

Relink In All Parts (score only)

Restore the link to all corresponding items in parts


Delete selected tuplet


For further information, see the Tuplet Definition dialog box.


See Also:

Document Options-Tuplets

Main Tool Palette



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