D.S., or Dal Segno, means “from the sign.” It directs the player to return to a spot earlier in the score that’s marked by the symbol. If the marking says D.S. al Coda, then the player is supposed to play from the to a “To Coda” marking, then jump to a coda section at the end of the music. See Coda.
You can easily place D.S. markings into your score if you’re preparing your score for printout and not for playback; see To place a “D.S.” marking into the score, below.
With some additional steps, you can even make your D.S. markings functional—that is, control the way Finale plays back your score.
When Finale reaches the D.S. marking during playback, it jumps back to the sign…
…and repeats the music up to the To Coda marking, whereupon it jumps to the coda.
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