Expression Designer - Positioning dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the Expression tool icon, and double-click a note or measure. The Expression Selection dialog box appears.
  2. Click Create, or click a text expression and then click Edit. The Expression Designer dialog box appears.
  3. Click the Positioning tab.

What it does

These options control the default positioning of the expression relative to the note, barline, or music.

  • Use __ Category Positioning. Check this box to use the positioning defined for this category in the Category Designer dialog box. Uncheck this box to unlock the positioning options below that allow you to define these settings for this specific expression only.
  • Break Multimeasure Rest. Select this check box to force a multimeasure rest to break where this expression is placed, such as for a rehearsal mark.
  • Justification: Left • Center • Right. From this pop-up menu, choose the desired justification relative to the Horizontal Alignment point and Offset.
  • Horizontal Alignment: Horizontal Click Position • Left of All Noteheads • Left of Primary Notehead • Stem • Center of Primary Notehead • Center of All Noteheads • Right of All Noteheads • Left Barline • Start of Time Signature • After Clef/Key/Time/Repeat • Start of Music • Center Between Barlines • Center Over/Under Music • Right Barline. Use these options to specify the alignment of the expression relative to the notehead, barline, or music, as illustrated by the diagram in this dialog box.
    • Choose Horizontal Click Position to place the expression at the horizontal position clicked in the score.
    • Choose Left of All Noteheads to align the expression to the left edge of the notehead (or left-most notehead of a chord).
    • Choose Left of Primary Notehead to align the expression with the left edge of the notehead (or primary notehead of a chord).
    • Choose Stem to align the expression with the stem.
    • Choose Center of Primary Notehead to center the expression based on the primary notehead (changes if added to a chord containing an interval of a second).
    • Choose Center of All Noteheads to align the expression on the center of a notehead, or, if added to a chord with a second, center the expression between the notes.
    • Choose Right of All Noteheads to align the expression with the right edge of the notehead.
    • Choose Left Barline to align the expression with the left barline.
    • Choose Start of Time Signature to align the expression with the left edge of the time signature.
    • Choose After Clef/Key/Time/Repeat to align the expression with the end of the clef, key signature, time signature, or repeat bar.
    • Choose Start Of Music to align the expression with the first entry in the measure.
    • Choose Center Between Barlines to center the expression between the left and right barline.
    • Choose Center Over/Under Music to center the expression based on where the music starts and ends (taking into account "Before" and "After" spacing in Document Options - Music Spacing).
    • Choose Right Barline to align the expression with the right barline.
  • Additional Horizontal Offset. Enter a value here, positive or negative, to make an additional adjustment to the horizontal positioning of the expression.
  • Vertical Alignment: Vertical Click Position • Staff Reference Line • Above Staff Baseline • Below Staff Baseline • Top Note • Bottom Note • Above Entry • Below Entry • Above Staff Baseline or Entry • Below Staff Baseline or Entry. Use these options to specify the vertical positioning of the expression relative to the note or staff.
    • Choose Vertical Click Position to position the expression based on the vertical distance you clicked from the top staff line.
    • Choose Staff Reference Line to position the expression in reference to the topmost staff line.
    • Choose Above Staff Baseline or Below Staff Baseline to position the expression on the baseline above or below the staff (akin to lyrics and chords).
    • Choose Top Note or Bottom Note to "fasten" the expression to the top or bottom note of the chord.

      When choosing one of these two settings, the value for vertical positioning in the Expression Assignment dialog box represents the distance from the top or bottom note in the chord (as in Finale version 2003 or earlier).

    • Choose Above Staff Baseline or Entry or Below Staff Baseline or Entry to place the expression on the above or below staff baseline, or, if the expression collides with the note, above or below the note.
  • Additional Baseline Offset. This option appears only when Above/Below Staff Entry or Baseline is chosen. Enter a value here to specify an offset from the baseline above or below the staff.
  • Additional Vertical Offset. Enter a value here, positive or negative, to make an additional adjustment to the vertical positioning of the expression.
  • Additional Entry Offset. Enter a value here, positive or negative, to make an additional adjustment to the vertical positioning of the expression relative to the entry.
  • OK • Cancel. Click OK (or press enter) to return to the Expression Selection dialog box, where your new (or edited) text expression appears in the list— or to return to the score. Note that when you edit an expression, your editing will affect every occurrence of the marking in the score. Click Cancel to return to the Expression Selection dialog box (or to the score) without creating or editing a text expression.

See also:

Expressions