Accidental Octave Placement dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the Key Signature tool icon and double-click the measure in which you want the key to change. The Key Signature dialog box appears.
  2. Choose Nonstandard from the drop-down list. The Nonstandard Key Signature dialog box appears.
  3. Select the key format/signature that you want to edit by clicking the Next button.
  4. Click the Acc. Octaves button.

What it does

Noteman says: For an example-based tutorial, see Nonstandard key signatures.

In some of the key signatures you create—and for some nonstandard clefs you design—you may want to adjust the octave placement of accidentals on the staff. In this dialog box, you can adjust the octave in which each accidental appears in relation to each clef.

  • Clef(#): Previous: Next. In any Finale document there can be up to eighteen defined clefs, numbered 0 through 17. This indicator identifies, by number, the clef for which you’re adjusting accidental placement. Click Previous and Next to change the Clef (#) indicator and scroll through the eighteen clefs defined for the document.

    By default, 0 is a treble clef and 3 is a bass clef.

  • Unit (#): Previous: Next. In Finale, an accidental that appears in the key signature is called a Unit. The Units are numbered in the order in which they appear; thus, in a standard key signature system, the first accidental to appear (the Fs in the key of G) would be Unit 1; the second (the Cs in the key of D) would be Unit 2, and so on. Flats are labeled with negative Unit numbers: the first flat to appear (the Bb in the key of F) would be Unit –1 (in the standard key system), the next (Eb) would be Unit –2, and so on. This indicator identifies the Unit, or accidental, whose octave placement you’re changing. Click the Previous and Next buttons at the bottom of the dialog box to change the Unit indicator, thus moving from one Unit to another in the key signature. (Note that in a nonlinear key signature, the Unit numbers are always positive. Because there is no progression of keys—only a single key signature—the Units are simply numbered sequentially as they appear in the key signature.)
  • Octave. The number in this text box tells Finale which octave the specified Unit should appear in. Octave 0 is the octave starting with middle C; Octave 1 is the octave above that, and so on. Octaves below are labeled with negative numbers.
  • OK • Cancel. Click OK to confirm, or Cancel to discard, the changes you’ve made to the octave positions of the various accidentals. You return to the Nonstandard Key Signature dialog box. (If you click OK, Finale first asks you if you want to save your changes.)
  • Reset. Click Reset to revert the octave placement values to their default "traditional" values (for all the accidentals in the key system you’ve been defining).

See also:

Key Signatures