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You can use any text you want in a Text Expression: “crescendo,” “diminuendo,” and so on.

To create a Text Expression (such as “cresc.” or “decresc.”)

  1. Click the Expression tool  image\Expression_Tool.gif.
  2. Click on, above, or below the note or measure to which you want to attach the marking. The Expression Selection dialog box appears.
  3. Choose the Dynamics category. All the dynamic expressions appear in the preview window.
  4. If the crescendo or decrescendo marking already appears in the list, double-click. You return to the document. The marking's positioning settings are those of the Dynamics category. To change them, see Category Designer dialog box. If you do not see the desired marking, continue:
  5. Click Create. The Expression Designer dialog box appears.
  6. Type "cresc." or "decresc.". Finale automatically applies the font, size, and style specified for the Dynamics category in the Category Designer dialog box.
  7. If you do want the mark to playback, click the Playback tab (see Expression Designer-Playback). Note that Human Playback automatically recognizes and performs dynamic markings. Human Playback.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Assign to add the expression.



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