How to get there
Choose File > Launch Window.
This window also appears when you first launch Finale.
What it does
Choose this command to open the Launch
Window where you can choose from a number of options related to starting
new files and opening existing ones. From here, you can also access reference
material like the QuickStart Videos and User Manual.
Wizard. Choose this option to open the Document Setup which guides
you through setting up your Finale document with a title, instrument staves,
and other musical elements.
Document. Choose this option to open a new default document. Finale’s
default document, named "Maestro Font Default.ftm" and located
in the Finale/Music Files/Default Files folder. It is a single staff document with 31 measures.
Select Templates to choose from a collection of new empty documents
already setup for a variety of instruments, ensembles, and educational
Choose Scanning to acquire a document from your scanner using Finale’s
Wizard. The Exercise Wizard guides you through the process of creating
your own customized exercises including scales, intervals, and arpeggios.
Choose Open to locate and open an existing Finale document.
Recent File. Click this drop-down list to select a recent file and
click Open Recent File to open it.
MusicXML. Click this button to import a MusicXML file.
Options. Choose Preferences to open the Preferences dialog
box where you can configure program-wide settings to match your working
Videos. Click this button to launch the QuickStart Video Tips where
you can view video demonstrations of several of Finale’s features.
Manual. Click this button to open the User Manual you are reading
now. You will see the Table of Contents.
Guide. Click this button to open the electronic version of the
Finale Installation and Tutorials manual.
- Creating SmartMusic® Files. Choose this command to open SmartMusic topic of the User Manual, which explains how to create and save SmartMusic Accompaniments. See SmartMusic.
Click Close to exit the Launch Window.