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Document/Show Active Layer Only

Each Finale staff is actually four transparent layers, each of which can contain its own rhythmically independent inner voice. Only one layer can be active (frontmost) at a time, however; the active layer is always identified by the push buttons in the lower-left corner of the file window.

When this item is selected (displaying a check mark), Finale hides the three inactive layers. Bear in mind that hidden layers are unaffected by almost every tool. For example, the music in a hidden layer won't play back. Nor will it be copied, pasted, or otherwise affected by Selection tool operations - a useful fact to remember if you want to copy or paste the music of one layer only.

Choose this command a second time to make the check mark disappear (and make the other three layers reappear).



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