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Plug-ins menu

How to get there

The Plug-ins menu will display if you have Finale plug-ins available to your system. Finale ships with a number of plug-ins that are installed for you when you install Finale. Unless you have done a custom install, or removed or changed the name of the Plug-ins folder in your Finale folder, you should see the Plug-ins menu.

What it does

Finale Plug-ins are small “mini-programs” that you can use to extend Finale’s abilities. We have provided a number of Plug-ins along with Finale for you to use. Plug-ins are placed together in the folder C:\Finale\Plug-ins. A different path can be specified in the Folders section of the Program Options dialog box, reached from the Edit menu. All Plug-ins are accessed from the Plug-ins menu. Finale will look in the specified folder for your Plug-ins and list them in the Plug-ins menu.

Plug-ins operate on the entire document or on a specified region. You can select this region with the Selection Tool or with any other tool that supports region selection (such as the Key or Time Signature tools). Plug-ins that require a selection will notify you if a selection has not been made.

If you are interested in writing your own Plug-ins, visit our website ( for more information on how to write a program to work with Finale. Note: You must be familiar with both programming and Finale, or work with someone who is, to be able to write Plug-ins successfully.



Note. Plug-ins are not accessible in linked parts. To apply a plug-in to a part, you might consider extracting the part first. See Extract Parts dialog box.


The Plug-ins menu can be configured easily into submenus by placing the plug-ins you would like to have grouped together in a folder included in the plug-ins folder. The Plug-ins menu then will use the name of the subfolder as the name of the submenu. We’ve added an empty folder named My Favorite Plug-ins, as well as grouped some of the plug-ins into other folders to provide examples. For a list of Plug-in filenames, see Plug-in filenames in the Appendix.

My Favorite Plug-ins

Most of the plug-ins that appear under Finale’s Plug-ins menu are categorized into submenus such as Expressions, Lyrics, Measures, and others. Each one of these submenus correspond to a folder in the Finale 2012\Plug-ins folder located on your hard drive.

You can customize Finale’s Plug-ins menu by navigating to this folder and dragging the plug-in files to the “My Favorite Plug-ins” folder for easy access to frequently used plug-ins. Or, create new folders for additional categories. You can find a list of each plug-in’s filename in the Appendix of the User Manual.






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