Note: the Open/Save File dialog box may appear slightly different depending on which version of Windows you are using.
How to get there
This dialog box appears in a number of circumstances in Finale with varying titles (Open, Save As, Load Library, etc.):
- Choose File > Open, Open Worksheets & Repertoire, Save, or Save As.
- Choose File > New > Document From Template.
- Choose File > ScoreMerger and click Add Files.
- Choose File > Import > MusicXML.
- Choose an item from the File > Export submenu.
- Choose File > Load Library to open Finale libraries which contain music markings that you can use in your score.
- Choose File > Save Library to save Finale libraries which contain the current set of music markings present in your score. This dialog box works the same as any standard Windows Open or Save dialog box. The only difference is the File Type.
- Choose MIDI/Audio > Audio Track > Load Audio.
- Choose Graphics > Place Graphic (or when you click in the Shape Designer's drawing area when the Graphics tool is selected).
What it does
In this dialog box, you can specify what kind of file you want to save or open.
- Files of Type. By default, this dialog box is set to show All Readable Files. You can also choose a specific file type you want to open or save from the
drop-downmenu, or choose All Files to display all the files in the current directory regardless of file type. Choose Finale Notation File (.MUSX) to display Finale files created in Finale 2014 and later, and choose Finale Legacy File (.MUS) to display Finale files created in Finale 2012 and earlier. Choose MIDI File to display Standard MIDI Files created in Finale or a sequencer program. Choose Finale Template File (.FTMXA template behaves like a piece of stationary in Finale. Finale Template Files use the file extension .FTMX, while older ("legacy") versions of Finale used the extension .FTM. When you open a template document, Finale opens the last two pages of the Setup Wizard where you can customize the template’s title, composer, time signature, key signature, and other settings. Upon finishing the Wizard, Finale opens a new untitled document based on your settings (so you don’t accidentally change the original).) to display Finale files saved as templates. These files open as "Untitled," but contain all the custom score settings contained in the template file. Choose Lesson File (.LSN) to open a lesson created in the Exercise Wizard.
In the Load Library dialog box, choose Library File (.LIB) to display the available Finale libraries (sets of musical markings such as Articulations and Expressions).
In the Place Graphic dialog box, choose TIFFTagged Image File Format—format for storing bitmap images/graphics. This format is supported on both Mac and Windows (.tif extension) and does not require a PostScript printer. File (.TIF), Windows Metafile (.WMF), or Encapsulated PostScript Listing (.EPSAn EPS file is a high-resolution graphics file format that uses PostScript to define images and text. You can create music examples in Finale and save them as EPS files for use in desktop publishing and word processing programs.), or one of the other available formats to display the files of the selected type in the scrolling list. Choose All Files to display files of all types in the scrolling list. Select Link to file to have the Finale file refer to an external graphic file rather than having the graphic become a part of the Finale file itself.