Noteman says: 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:
Noteman says: See The Selection tool for a tutorial on general mass-editing techniques, including selecting, copying, transposing, and working with measures.
- Selection tool
- Staff tool
- Measure tool
- Key Signature tool
- Time Signature tool
- MIDI tool
- Clef tool
- Repeat tool
- Mirror tool
Noteman says: 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:
- Regions including full or partial measures, but not full measures in all staves. This is the most common type of selection. Edits to these regions are generally focused on editing the entries and items attached to entries or measures without changing the measure-specific information itself (e.g. key signatures, barline styles, etc.). These are regions edited within the existing measure structure. For example, copy and insert a region including partial measures (or full measures in some but not all staves) to push subsequent music to the right the number of inserted beats. See Copying music. Here are some examples of this type of selection:
- Full measures in all staves, or "StacksA selected region including full measures in every staff is called a measure "stack" and is indicated by highlighting extending from the top to the bottom staff, including the area between staves.." A stack selection is indicated by highlighting between staves. Edits to these regions can also include entries and items attached to entries or measures, but can also include measure-specific information (e.g. key signatures, barline styles, etc.). See Edit Filter dialog box. Additionally, stacks can be treated as autonomous units. For example, copy and insert a stack to push all subsequent measures to the right. See Copying music. Here is an example of a stack selection:
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.
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 presents you with the choice of canceling the command, or applying the command to all measures that are even partly selected.
Use any of the following methods:
|Mouse click or keyboard command||What it does|
|Click a measure||Selects the full measure|
|Click and drag diagonally across any measure region (partial or whole measures)||Selects the measure region. When you select a partial measure, Finale highlights an area from the left edge of the first selected note to the right edge of the space after the last selected note, to help reinforce the fact that you’re actually selecting a stretch of musical time.|
|SHIFT-click and drag diagonally across any part of a measure||Selects full measures only|
|SHIFT-click before or after a selected region||Extends the selection to wherever you click|
|Hold down SHIFT and press the LEFT or RIGHT ARROW keys||Expands or contracts the selected region in entry-by-entry increments or measure-by-measure increments if the measures are empty. Specify you want to adjust the beginning or end of the selected region by pressing the left or right arrow key first respectively.|
|With the Selection tool, double-click any partial measure selection, or
||Expands the selection to include full measures.|
|With the Selection tool, double-click a full measure, or
||Expands selection to include the full stackA selected region including full measures in every staff is called a measure "stack" and is indicated by highlighting extending from the top to the bottom staff, including the area between staves..|
|Click to the left of the staff||Selects an entire staff|
|SHIFT-click to the left of a staff||Extends the selection from any other staves you've selected|
|Choose Edit > Select All or press
||Selects the entire document|
||Expand or contract the selected region by full measures|
|Hold down SHIFT and press the UP or DOWN ARROW keys||Expands or contract the selected region vertically (staff-by-staff)|
|Hold down the SHIFT key and press END, HOME, PAGE UP, and PAGE DOWN||Select all measures right, left, above, or below a selection|
- Choose Edit > Select Region. The Select Region dialog box appears.
- Enter the staff, measure, and beat with which you want to begin and end the selection. For example, you can select the Flute staff, measure 4 beat 2, through the Bass staff, measure 10 beat 1.
The important thing to remember is that this feature lets you select music without having to scroll to it (and wait for the screen to redraw). You can even select music that’s not on the screen.
- Click OK (or press