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Note Mover menu

How to get there

Click the Note Mover tool  image\Note_Mover_Tool.gif. The Note Mover menu appears.

What it does

The Note Mover tool moves and copies individual notes within a measure from one place to another. You can use it to create cross-staff notes, to correct split-point errors (after using Finale's HyperScribe Tool), or to search for a certain motif or note and replace it with a different motif or note (Search and Replace).


All of the Note Mover actions begin the same way. Click a measure; a handle appears on every notehead. Select the handles of the notes you want to move or copy; select one note by clicking, additional ones by SHIFT-clicking, a group of notes by drag-enclosing their handles, or all notes in the measure by choosing Select All from the Edit menu. Then, after making sure you've chosen the appropriate copying command from the Note Mover menu, drag any one of the selected handles to the staff lines of the target measure.


The first seven items on this menu let you tell Finale what kind of action to take when you drag selected notes (from the "source" measure) to a new place (the "target" measure). When you choose one of these items, nothing appears to happen on the screen, except that a check mark appears next to the menu item. In other words, you choose the action you want Finale to perform before you drag the selected notes to the target measure.


Note that you can also use the Note Mover to copy a note or group of notes within the same measure. If you drag a note to the end of its own measure, you create a copy of it there, after all the existing notes. If you drag a note to the middle or beginning of its own measure, you insert a copy of it at the beginning of the measure. Note, first of all, that you can perform these copying maneuvers within a single measure regardless of the currently selected Note Mover menu command. Second, note that you can only copy notes in this way if the measure is not completely full (based on the current time signature). If the measure is rhythmically full, nothing at all will happen if you drag a note within its own measure.


Copy and Replace

Copy and Merge

Delete After Replace

Delete After Merge

Cross Staff

Insert Before

Append After

Search and Replace


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