Although you could use the clipboard to
copy individual regions of music from one document to another (see To copy and paste using
the clipboard), Finale’s Clip Files feature gives you, in effect,
multiple Clipboards, each containing a different passage of music. By
making Clip Files, you can copy many sections from a single document
before pasting them, one by one, into a new document. These files are
stored on your hard disk, where you can easily retrieve them for use in
any document—a handy feature when you want to re-use motifs. All items
can be transferred from one document to another using Clip Files (see
Edit Filter dialog box).
- Select the region you would like to copy. See Selecting music.
- Specify the musical elements you would like
to copy in the Edit Filter dialog box. See To
specify what you want to copy. Or, to
copy everything, ensure Edit Filter is unchecked under the Edit menu.
- While pressing CTRL,
choose Edit > Copy to Clip File. When you CTRL+Copy in this way, you tell Finale
to place the copied material into a file of its own, called a Clip File,
instead of on the invisible Clipboard. A dialog box appears, asking you
to name your Clipboard File.
- Name the Clip File, and click Save (or press
Repeat the process with as many other sections as you want: select the
region, choose Copy while pressing CTRL, name and save the Clip File.
- Choose File > Open, and select
the target document (if it’s not already open).
- If you want to insert the copied music between
two existing measures, click the measure just after the insertion point.
While pressing CTRL,
choose Edit > Insert from Clip File. Once again, the
CTRL key tells Finale you intend to access
a Clip File. When you choose Insert, the Paste dialog box appears, displaying
the names of the Clip Files you’ve created. Double-click the name of the
desired Clip File.
- If you want the copied music to replace (overwrite)
the music in the target document, select the beginning of the target region.
- While pressing CTRL,
choose Edit > Paste from Clip File. A list box appears,
displaying the names of the Clip Files you’ve created. Double-click the
name of the desired Clip File. If you want to Insert, instead of choosing Edit >
Paste from Clip File, choose Edit > Insert from Clip File.