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Selecting music

Note. View the Selecting and Editing Music QuickStart Video for a demonstration of these features.

Selecting regions of measures is required whenever you want to copy music from one place to another or apply changes to a region of music using one of Finale's many editing functions. Although the Selection tool is the primary tool for selecting and editing music, regional copying and editing can be performed at any time as long as one of the following tools is selected:

Note. See The Selection tool for a tutorial on general mass-editing techniques, including selecting, copying, transposing, and working with measures.

Note. In addition to selecting and editing regions of measures, the Selection tool can also be used to select individual musical elements for moving or editing. For details, see Selection tool.


Finale includes two distinct types of regional selection:

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A one measure stack is one measure as played by all the instruments in the staff—in other words, a one-measure vertical slice of a score. (Generally, the term measure in the Finale manual refers to one measure of one staff.) A stack can include any number of full measures.

A full measure selection in a system with a single staff is also a stack selection indicated by highlighting above and below the staff (see below).

Most of Finale's editing commands work with partial measure selections. However, if you try to use a full-measure–only command after selecting only part of a measure, Finale will let you know; you’ll have the choice of canceling the command, or applying the command to all measures that are even partly selected.

See Also

Selection Tool

Edit menu


Selecting a region of measures

Selecting a large region without scrolling


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