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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