Ossia Measure Designer dialog box
How to get there
Window > Advanced Tools. Click the Ossia tool .
- If you’re in Page View, double-click the location on
the page to which you want to attach the "floating measure."
If you’re in Scroll View, click the measure to which you want it attached
(or click again if there’s already a floating measure attached to it).
- To edit an existing floating measure, double-click its handle.
What it does
An "ossia" measure is a floating
measure, unattached to the score itself, that you can place anywhere in
the score (for use as an explication of a trill, for example). The contents
of such a measure are created and edited in an actual measure, called
the "source measure," which you can later hide. This dialog
box lets you specify the source measure on which you’re basing the floating
one, as well as several visual aspects of the floating measure.
There are two kinds of ossia measures.
A measure-assigned ossia measure, which you create in Scroll View or Page
View, remains attached to its measure in the score, even if that measure’s
position in the score changes. A page-assigned ossia measure, which you
create in Page View, remains fixed to a given place on the page, regardless
of any repositioning of the music around it.
to: Measure • Page. Click on Measure to have the ossia move with
the measure listed. Click on Page to have the ossia only appear on the
page listed. If you entered the dialog box from Scroll View, you will
only have Attach to Measure as a choice. Once created, you cannot edit
Staff. From this drop-down menu, choose the staff in which
the source measure is found. Finale automatically enters the nearest staff for
the Source Staff.
Measure. In this text box, enter the number of the source measure.
In Scroll View, Finale automatically enters the nearest measure for the
Group • Select. If you wish, you can provide the Ossia measure
with its own brace or bracket. (If you want to bracket the floating measure
together with staves in the score, remember that you can always drag one
end of a normal staff bracket until it’s long enough to enclose the floating
To specify a bracket for a floating measure,
click Select; the Bracket dialog box appears, in which you can select
a bracket and specify its positioning. See Bracket
Click the barline icon that you want to be the floating measure’s right
barline. For a more complete discussion of these options, see Measure
Attributes dialog box.
• Select • Key Signature • Time Signature. Click Select to set
the floating measure’s clef (double-click your selection from the Clef
palette that appears). Click the Key Signature or Time Signature button
to set the floating measure’s key or time signature. (Otherwise, the floating
measure uses the same default key and time settings of the source measure.)
to Display: Endings and Text Repeats • Measure Attached Expressions •
Left Line • Staff • Key Signature • Time Signature • Clefs. Deselect
the appropriate checkbox for any of these musical elements you don’t want
drawn in the floating measure (assuming they were present in the source
measure). Staff refers to the staff lines; Endings and Text Repeats refers
to any repeat barline or text repeats you’ve created using the Repeat
Tool. Left Line is the left barline.
to __ %. The number in this text box determines how large or small
the floating measure will be (as a percentage of normal size). (Many music
publishers print such annotative music at a smaller size than the rest
of the music.)
Margin. The number in this text box sets the distance between the
top line of the floating measure and the floating measure’s handle. A
positive number moves the floating measure upward in relation to its handle;
a negative number moves it downward (but it’s easier to position the measure
by dragging its handle once you’ve returned to the score).
Margin • Right Offset. When you create a measure-assigned floating
measure (in Scroll View), its initial width setting is determined by the
width of the measure you assigned it to (by clicking). By changing the
number in the Left Margin and Right Offset text boxes, however, you can
change the floating measure’s width. (These parameters also adjust the
width of a page-assigned floating measure, but are less necessary, because
you specify the width of a page-assigned floating measure in another dialog
A positive Left Margin value moves the left
barline to the right (making the measure narrower), and a positive Right
Offset value moves the right barline to the right (making the measure
Pull. The number in this text box moves the music within the floating
measure. A positive number moves the music farther to the right (away
from the clef and key signature); a negative number moves it to the left
(closer to the clef and key signature).
• Cancel. Click OK to confirm the settings you’ve made in this
dialog box and proceed to the next dialog box—or return to the score.
Click Cancel to tell Finale to ignore any changes you made in this dialog
box. You return to the score, and no floating measure appears (unless
you were editing an existing floating measure).