Document Options-Text dialog box
How to get there
Choose Document > Document
Options and select Text.
What it does
In these options, specify the number of
spaces in place of one tab number. Use the Text Inserts subsection to
change the global definition of the sharp, flat, natural, double sharp,
and double flat signs used as text inserts. The default settings are based
on the Maestro font. These settings, which are saved with the document,
are available if you wish to use a music font other than Maestro. Also,
modify the format of the time stamp.
_ Spaces in Place of One Tab Character. You enter a number in this
text box to specify how many spaces you want Finale to "type"
for you when you press TAB while entering the text for lyrics or text
blocks. (Finale considers a tab in a set of lyrics an "end-of-syllable"
mark, just like a space or hyphen.)
Sharp • Flat • Natural • Double Sharp • Double Flat. Choose the
symbol that you want to change from the Symbol drop-down list. Any change
you make to these global settings affects the appearance of all inserts
of the same type in your score. You may want to change these if you’re
using a font other than Maestro for your music font.
Select. Enter the text font equivalent for the symbol, or click
the Select button to display the Symbol Selection dialog box, where you
can choose the character you want to use for the currently selected insert.
The symbol you select will be used when you place the insert into the
Font. Click this button to display the Font dialog box, where you
can choose the font and style for the currently selected insert.
- Note: You
cannot select a specific size for the insert character in the Font dialog
box, since the size of the character is proportional to the preceding
text. (If no text is entered yet in the text block, the insert will be
proportional in size to the default font in Document Options-Fonts
Font Size • Baseline Shift • Tracking Before • Tracking After.
Enter values to size and position the insert proportionally, in relation
to the point size of the font preceding the insert. Enter percentages
for Font Size and Baseline Shift to adjust the size of the font and vertical
position of the insert, respectively. Since music characters usually seem
smaller than text characters at the same font size, you may want a value
larger than 100%. Enter values, in ems (1/1000 of the current font size),
in Tracking Before and Tracking After to adjust the amount of horizontal
space before and after the insert, respectively.
Settings to All Symbols. Click this button if you want the current
settings (except for the selected character) applied to each symbol. Finale
updates the font, baseline, and tracking values for each symbol.
All Symbols. Click this button to restore the default settings,
including their default Maestro characters, for each symbol. Finale updates
all symbols in the score.
Seconds in Time Stamp. Select this option if you want to include
seconds (2:43:15) in the time stamp you apply to a document (using the
text inserts in the Text tool).
Format. From this drop-down list, choose a short or long date form
when Finale date-stamps its printouts. Finale is sensitive to the date,
time, and decimal settings in the International portion of the Control
Panel. You create such a date stamp using the Text Inserts in the Text