Text Repeat Assignment dialog box

How to get there

The Text Repeat Assignment dialog box can be accessed in two ways, depending on whether you are creating a new repeat or editing an existing repeat:

  1. Choose the Repeat tool , and double-click a measure. The Repeat Selection dialog box appears.
  2. Ddouble-click one of the displayed text repeats (if any). (If none appear, click Create to create your own, type the repeat text; click OK, then double-click the new text repeat.)

To edit a text repeat that already appears in the score:

  • Double-click its handle (or right-click its handle and choose Edit Repeat Assignment) to enter this dialog box.

What it does

A text repeat is a piece of text that functions as a fully operational repeat marking, such as "To Coda," "D.S. al Coda," and "D.C." You can either design your own or use the ones in the Text Repeats Library provided with Finale, which you can load into your piece by File > Load Library.

Once you’ve selected a text repeat by double-clicking it, this dialog box is displayed, where you can define its playback effect and positioning. If you simply want it to appear as a graphic marking (with no playback function), just click OK without changing anything in the dialog box.

  • Text Repeat ID: (#). This indicator identifies the text repeat by number.
  • Never Jump. Choose this option to specify that this repeat indication does not direct playback anywhere.
  • Always Jump. Choose this option to always jump to the target on every pass. A Jumper directs playback to another measure or to another repeat defined as a Mark—for example, to the coda.
  • Jump on Passes. Choose this option to specify the pass(es) you want playback to jump to the defined target. To indicate multiple passes, separate the pass numbers with commas, or indicate a range with a hyphen (e.g. "2-4").
  • Play Section __ Times. Choose this option and in the text box to the right, enter the number of times you want the defined repeated section to play.
  • Reset on Repeat Action. Once Finale has played the music the number of times specified in the Jump on Pass(es) or Play Section _Times text boxes—and thus performed the Repeat Action—it will, if you wish, reset its internal "counter" back to zero and begin counting toward the Total Passes number again. This option could be useful if you’re creating nested repeats, and want an inner repeat to be fully executed with each pass of the larger repeated region.
  • Stop on Pass __. Choose this option and enter a number to indicate the pass you want Finale to stop playback.
  • Jump if Ignoring Repeats. Select this option if you want a text repeat to jump to its target even if "Ignore Repeats" is checked in the Playback/Record Options dialog box. (To tell Finale to ignore repeats, choose Document > Playback/Record Options and select Ignore Repeats.)
  • Target. The number in this text box is used to direct the flow of playback to another measure, a Mark-defined text repeat, forward a number of measures, or backward a number of measures, depending on what is selected under the popup menu. Each text repeat in the repeat selection dialog box is assigned an ID number. If you want a text repeat to jump to another text repeat, select Text Repeat ID from the popup menu and indicate the ID number of the text repeat to which you want playback to jump. When Measure # is selected, this text box indicates the measure number to which the text repeat should direct playback. When Backward is selected, Finale directs playback backward the number of measures entered. When Forward is selected, Finale directs playback forward the specified number of measures.
  • Auto Update Target. If this option is checked, the target will update to accommodate measures in the repeated section that have been added, deleted, or inserted.
  • Allow Individual Edits Per Staff. Finale usually places a text repeat in the same place in every staff. Check Allow Individual Edits Per Staff to allow each staff’s text repeat to be independently movable.
  • Horizontal Offset • Vertical Offset. In these text boxes, specify the horizontal and vertical positioning from the top staff line, left barline of the measure. If you are creating a new Text Repeat, these values indicate where you originally clicked.
  • Show On: All Staves • This Staff Only. Select All Staves to show the text repeat on every staff in the score and parts. All Staves is selected by default. Select This Staff Only to assign the text repeat to the current staff only. Use the This Staff Only option if you want a text repeat to appear only in the current staff.
  • Staff List: New Staff List • (All defined Staff Lists); Edit. Select New Staff List to display the Staff List dialog box, where you define which staves will display text repeats. To select a Staff List already created for use in the score, choose its name from the popup menu. Click Edit to display the Staff List dialog box for the selected Staff List, and change which staves the text repeat should appear in.
  • OK • Cancel. Click OK (or press enter) to confirm the settings you’ve made in this dialog box and place the new (or modified) text repeat in the score. Click Cancel to tell Finale to ignore any changes you made in this dialog box. You return to the score.

See also:

Repeats (barlines and text indications)

Repeat Designer

Repeat Selection

Repeat Tool

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