Save Library dialog box
How to get there
This window can be accessed in two ways:
- Choose File > Save Library.
- Choose Document > Document Options and click the Save
What it does
In the course of working on scores, you
may create your own markings and symbols. Finale allows you to save these
musical elements (articulations, chord symbols, and so on) into separate
files called libraries. These sets of musical elements may then be "loaded
into" any document.
This dialog box lets you specify which
elements of your document you want to save into a library.
Types]: A summary of the options listed in this dialog box appears
below. Click the radio button of the element of the currently open document
you want to save separately.
One-character articulation or other musical markings (accent, fermata,
and so on) created with the Articulation
- Chords &
Fretboards: Chord suffixes you’ve created or edited with the Chord tool, including chords you’ve "taught"
Finale to recognize. This library also saves any custom fretboards you’ve
created. Finale will check for duplicate suffixes and only load new unique
- Clefs: Eighteen clefs, which you can edit in the Clef Designer. Clef libraries include accidental placements for major
and minor keys.
- Default Fonts: Font choices for many aspects of the score, as found in Document Options-Fonts.
- Document Options:
Finale settings having to do with the active document, including almost
every setting in the Document menu (such as clefs, music characters, PostScript
settings, line widths, and so on).
Shapes: Any Executable Shapes you’ve created with the Shape Designer
and Executable Shape Designer.
Styles: Settings that determine how Finale draws custom fretboards,
such as number of frets, string spacing, and fret number font. See Fretboard Styles dialog
- Key Signatures:
Any nonstandard key signatures you create with the Key
- Music Spacing:
Saves settings from Document Options-Music
Spacing dialog box.
- Page Format:
Saves settings from the Page Format for Score
and Page Format for Parts dialog boxes.
Layouts: Layouts you’ve created with the Staff tool in the Percussion
Anything you’ve drawn in the Shape Designer,
including multimeasure rests, custom stem shapes, fonts, as well as the
"raw shapes" that form the basis of
and Executable Shapes.
- Shape Expressions:
Expressions consisting of a shape drawn in the Expression Designer (and a related playback definition).
- Smart Lines:
Custom Smart Shapes defined in the Smart
Line Style dialog box.
- Staff Styles:
Staff Styles, such as slash notation or transpositions, created with the
- Stem Connections:
Adjustments to how the stem attaches to specific noteheads. See Stem
Connection Editor dialog box.
- Text Expressions:
Expressions consisting of text (and a related playback
definition): "Allegro," "ritard," and so on in the
- Text Repeats:
Text repeats, such as "To Coda," created with the Repeat
• Cancel. Once you’ve chosen the element of your piece for which
you want to create a library, click OK. Finale asks you to title the new
library; the next time you’re working on a piece that requires the contents
of that library, you can simply load it using the Load Library command.
Click Cancel if you decide not to create a new library. You return to