Finale allows you to reuse all document
settings from any existing document by designating it as it as a Document
Style. A Document Style is basically a model document whose settings can
be duplicated while designing a new score in the Setup Wizard. When you
designate a file as a Document Style, you are telling Finale you would
like to use its articulations, expressions, fonts, Score Lists, staff
styles, page layout and all other
document options and libraries along side the instrumentation and other
settings you specify in the Setup Wizard.
For a list of all document-specific settings, see Document
Settings and Program Settings.
- Choose File > New > Document
with Setup Wizard. The first page of the Setup Wizard appears.
- If you would like to begin with a preset ensemble,
select it in the left list box. Choose None to design the instrumentation
from scratch when you advance to the next page. The next page of the Setup
Wizard also allows you to edit the ensemble chosen here, as well as save
new custom ensembles.
- Choose the desired Document Style from the
list box on the right. Note that an * (asterisk) appears next to
the Document Style assigned to the ensemble you have selected. You can
change an ensemble's default Document Style by selecting a different Document
Style and clicking the Always Use This Document Style with This
Ensemble button. The Document Styles listed here include all files
that appear in the Finale 2012/Music Files/Document Styles folder on your hard drive. (See Finale Installation Details for specific folder locations on your computer). Finale
already includes a variety of Document Styles to choose from. To create
a customized Document Style, see "To create a Document Style"
- Complete the Setup Wizard. The new document
opens based on your settings.
- Open a document that most closely matches the
desired document settings. For example, you may use the Setup Wizard
to begin with an existing Document Style or one provided with Finale.
To begin with an empty document, choose File > New > Document Without
Libraries. Save a file in the Finale 2012/Music Files/Document Styles folder to use it
as a Document Style. The next time you open the Setup Wizard, the file
will be listed as a document style.
- Load libraries and change any document-specific
settings as desired. See Finale
Libraries and Document
Settings and Program Settings.
- Save the file in the Finale 2012/Music Files/Document Styles
folder.You can save as a regular
.MUS file or .FTM. Next time you open the Document Setup Wizard,
the file name of this document will appear in the list of Document Styles.
Once opened, a description of each document
style included with Finale can be found in File
Info (ScoreManager). Here, you can reference the Document Style's libraries,
text inserts, staff spacing, cover pages, and other distinctive settings.
When you edit one of Finale's Document Styles you can log your changes
here for future reference.
If a file with music is used as a Document
Style, the Setup Wizard strips out all of the musical information including
staves and entries before generating the new document. Page-attached text
and graphics, however, are retained as part of the Document Style.