Print dialog box

How to get there

Choose File > Print.

What it does

This dialog box lists several printing options, which vary depending on your printer. You can specify, for example, which pages of the score you want to print, and how many copies.

You can control whether just odd or even pages print, and you can control how the pages print—in reverse order, or collated, or tiled. You can also print ranges of pages, include registration and crop marks on each page, and print one, two, or four pages of music on one printed page.

  • Printer. From this pop-up menu, choose the desired printer. Note that if you have more than one printer, OS X defaults to "Any Printer." In this case, Letter Small, a size that is universally supported, is automatically chosen for the page size (which may cut off copyright information, slurs, or other items at the bottom of your score).
  • Presets. From this pop-up select from a list of custom settings. To save the current set, from this pop-up menu, choose Save As, enter a name, and click OK.
  • Right & Left • Right Only • Left Only. Select Left & Right to print both the left and right pages in the specified page range. Select Left Only or Right Only to print only the left or right pages, respectively, in the specified page range. For example, to print a document on both sides of the paper, print the right pages first, then print the left pages. Be sure to load the pages in the correct order!

    Keep in mind that Finale numbers its pages consecutively in Page View regardless of which page number you choose to display in the footer; it is the number Finale displays in Page View that you should enter.

  • Page Ranges. Enter the pages you want printed, separated by commas. You can also specify a range of pages by typing a hyphen. For example, enter “2, 5, 7-10, 16” to print pages 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 16 of your document.
  • Layout: 1-up • 2-up • 4-up. We’ve provided these options in case your printer driver does not offer them. When 1-up is selected, a single page of music will appear on the printed page. Check Fit to Page to automatically scale the music to fit on the chosen page size. Select 2-up to print two pages of music side-by-side; Finale automatically scales the music to fit on the printed page. If you select 2-up, make sure to select Landscape when you print, or the two pages of music will be placed in the upper half of the printed page. (If you would like to print 2-up in landscape orientation, you must uncheck Use Finale’s Page Orientation Instead of the Printer’s Page Orientation in the Preferences - Save and Print dialog box. This setting, checked by default, ignores the printer's page orientation, which is convenient for normal 1-up printing). Select 4-up to print four pages of music on one page; Finale automatically scales the music to fit on the printed page.
  • Fit to Page. Check Fit to Page to automatically scale the music to fit on the chosen page size.
  • Ignore Printer Margins For N-up Printing. Select this option if you have already accounted for the non-printable area of your printer, and you prefer these margins to Finale resizing the page for you. Note that your score may be cut off by the printer if you have not taken the printer margins into account correctly.
  • Reverse Order • Tile Pages • Tile Overlap. Select these options to print the pages in the reverse order—from the last page to the first page, or if you want Finale to print a page of music on more than one page of paper (to accommodate a large score). This option is useful for oversized scores, and works the same as the Tile Pages option in the Compile PostScript Listing dialog box. For more information, see Compile PostScript Listing dialog box and Tiling pages for printing. To specify the amount of overlap, type the amount in the Tile Overlap text box (using the units specified under Finale 2014 > Measurement Units).
  • Crop Marks • Display Colors • Registration Marks • Registration Filename. Select Crop Marks or Registration Marks if you want crop and registration marks to appear on the printed page. Crop marks identify the finished page size of the document, and registration marks help align overlapping pages or plates for printing purposes. Check Display Colors to print the colors used by Finale to identify the different score elements (see Preferences-Display Colors). Note that if you do not have a color printer, this will only print in shades of gray. Registration and crop marks appear on a printed page when the page is larger than the document size. When this option is selected, Finale automatically centers the music on the page. If you select Registration Filename, Finale prints the filename outside the page margins with the crop and registration marks.

    Crop and Registration Marks will not appear correctly when printed if Fit To Page is checked.

  • Preview. Click Preview to display the music as it will appear on the printed page.
  • Save as PDF. Choose this option to save your document as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file. See Adobe PDF Files for more PDF information.
  • Print • Cancel. Click Print (or press RETURN) to print. Click Cancel to dismiss the dialog box without printing.

See also:

Page Setup

File menu

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