Measure Number Style dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the Measure tool icon. The Measure menu appears.
  2. Choose Measure > Edit Measure Number Regions.
  3. Choose Style > Other.

What it does

This dialog allows you to set up a customized measure numbering style, other than those preset in the Measure Number dialog box.

  • Numbering Base. Enter a number to use as the base for the measure numbering scheme in the current region. Use Base 10 for the standard numeric system (1, 2, 3, 4…). Finale uses the characters 0 through 9 before adding another digit to the measure numbers. If you’re using a lettering scheme, such as the English alphabet, enter 26 here. Finale goes through the 26 letters of the alphabet before adding another letter to the number (A to Z, AA to ZZ, AAA to ZZZ, and so on).
  • Starting Character. If you enter a number, letter, or symbol in the text box, Finale uses this character to begin sequentially numbering or lettering the specified measures in the region. If you click Starting Character instead of entering a character, Finale displays the Symbol Selection dialog box for the selected font, and you can then choose a letter, number, or symbol from the palette that appears.
  • Count From One. Select this option if you’re beginning the measure numbers with number 1 (which is the second character if the Starting Character is 0). If you’re using letters instead of numbers, or if the first measure is a pickup measure that you don’t want numbered, make sure this option is not selected.
  • No Zeros. Select this option only if you’re using letters instead of numbers. No Zeros refers to the number or letter in the "tens" place once Finale reaches the end of the alphabet or set of single digit numbers. This setting tells Finale whether to use the Starting Character in the "tens" place for the next measure number.

    Although you’re not prevented from selecting this option when you’re using the standard numbering scheme, you might not get the results you expect, as Finale labels the measures 00, 01, 02, 03… instead of 10, 11, 12, 13… and so on.

  • Double Up. Select this option if you’re using lettering instead of numbering and you want Finale to start "doubling up" the letters after one complete pass through the alphabet. If selected, Finale labels the subsequent measures AA, BB, CC, and so on. If not selected, the measures will be labeled AA, AB, AC… and so on.

    Although you’re not prevented from selecting this option when you’re using the standard numbering scheme, you might not get the results you expect, as Finale labels the measures 00, 11, 22… instead of 10, 11, 12… and so on.

  • OK • Cancel. Click Cancel to discard any changes you made to the settings. Click OK to confirm the settings you’ve made and return to the score.

See also:

Measure numbers

Measure Number

Measure menu