Master Tool Palette dialog box

How to get there

CONTROL+OPTION+COMMAND–click on an open document.


While pressing CONTROL+OPTION, press one of the tool keyboard equivalent keys: F, G, H, J, K, L, semicolon (;), or apostrophe (').

What it does

This special dialog box displays every tool in Finale’s Main Tool Palette. It has two uses:

  • You can use it to select a new tool (by double-clicking its icon), even if the Main Tool Palette is hidden.
  • You can use it to program up to eight keyboard equivalents for the tools on the tool palette. Once you’ve programmed a keyboard equivalent, you can select the tool by simply pressing the appropriate key combination.

Note that you cannot program a keyboard equivalent if the Master Tool Palette dialog box is already displayed (by pressing CONTROL+OPTION+COMMAND and clicking an open document). You must use the CONTROL+OPTION+(F-apostrophe) method.

  • Tool. The number in this text box identifies the selected tool by number. When you select a tool, Finale automatically fills in its number for you.
  • OK. After clicking a tool to highlight it, click OK to select the tool and return to the score. You can double-click a tool to accomplish the same thing.

To program a keyboard equivalent for a tool

Keyboard equivalents are document-specific. If you decide you like these keyboard equivalents, you should save them to your default file.

  1. While pressing CONTROL+OPTION, press one of the keys in the middle row of the alphabet keyboard (F through apostrophe). The Master Tool Palette dialog box appears.
  2. Double-click the tool you want to assign to the key you pressed.
  3. From now on, to select that tool, press CONTROL and the key you originally pressed (CONTROL+F, for example).