Extract Parts dialog box

How to get there

  1. Open the document from which you’ll be extracting parts.
  2. Choose File > Extract Parts.

What it does

This dialog box allows you to extract parts into individual documents. When you do this, each new file Finale creates is identical to the corresponding part from the parent document.

  • [Parts/Score list] • Check All • Check None • Check Current. The score and all parts appear in this section. From this list, choose the parts (and/or score) you would like to extract. Click Check All to select all items in the list. Click Check None to uncheck every item in the list. Click Check Current to check an item if it is highlighted.
  • Manage Parts. Choose this option to open the manage Parts dialog box where you can add, delete, and customize parts. See Manage Parts dialog box.
  • Generate Parts. Click this button to generate a part for each instrument in the score. Finale recognizes instruments that contain more than one staff, such as Piano, and creates a single part accordingly. This is identical to the Generate Parts button in the Manage Parts dialog box.
  • File Names: Generate Names From • Prompt for Each Name • Save In • Open Extracted Part. Finale needs to know what to call each document it creates for an extracted part. If you want Finale to automatically extract parts and create a file name for each document without intervention on your part, select Generate Names From and enter the folder in the text box, followed by any variables you would like to use in naming your parts. The variables are detailed in the table below.

    VariableRepresentsExample
    %fScore file name"Pastorale.musx"
    %tScore Title from the File Info tab of the ScoreManager"Symphony No 6"
    %pPart name"Flutes 1 and 2"
    %sFirst staff name"Flute 1"
    %aFirst abbreviated staff name"Flt I" or "Pno"
    %iFirst staff number"1"

    The default is %p, which using the examples in the table would give you extracted parts with a name like "Flutes 1 and 2.musx."

    Using %f %p will name all the files first with the score name followed by the part name: "Pastorale Flutes 1 and 2.musx," "Pastorale Oboe.musx," "Pastorale Clarinet.musx".

    Using %n %s would give you "1 Flute 1.musx," "2 Oboe.musx," "3 Clarinet.musx" and so on in the order of the score. Thus your files are listed in score order instead of alphabetically according to staff or group name.

    Select Prompt for Each Name if you want Finale to ask you for a file name each time a document is created. Click the Save In button to select the folder in which you want the parts saved.

    If you select Open Extracted Part, Finale opens the individual files for each part, when Finale finishes extracting all of the parts. To switch between open documents, click on the Window menu and select the desired file.

  • OK • Cancel. Click OK (or press RETURN) to confirm your parts extraction settings, or click Cancel to dismiss the dialog box without changing any settings.

See also:

Extracting parts

Document Options - Music Spacing

Page Layout menu

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