Tie Alterations dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the Special Tools tool icon.
  2. Choose the Tie Tool and click on a measure. Three handles appear on each tie in the measure.
  3. Double-click the starting or ending handle of a tie you want to edit.

What it does

Use the Tie Alterations dialog box to change the appearance and placement of individual ties in the score. Settings in the Tie Alterations dialog box for an individual tie override the global tie settings in Document Options - Ties and Tie Contour dialog boxes. To edit all the ties in your document on a global basis, choose Document > Document Options and select Ties.

Note: Instead of changing settings in the dialog box, you can drag individual ties by their handles to change their placement and shape onscreen as well as flip ties using CTRL+F. As the tie’s position changes, Finale updates the Tie Direction, Start and End, Height, and Inset settings in the Tie Alterations dialog box to match your adjustments.

  • Tie Placement: Start • H: • V: • End • H: • V:. Enter a value into the Start H: text box for the tie’s distance horizontally from the inside edge of the first note tied note. A larger number moves the tie to the right, farther away from the note. A smaller number moves the tie to the left, closer to the note.
    • Enter a value into the Start V: text box for the vertical distance of the tie’s left end over or under the first tied note. A larger number moves the tie up and a smaller number moves the tie down.
    • Enter a value into the End H: text box for the tie’s distance horizontally from the inside edge of the second tied note. A smaller number moves the tie to the left, farther away from the note. A larger number moves the tie to the right, closer to the note.
    • Enter a value into the End V: text box for the vertical distance of the tie’s right end over or under the second tied note. A larger number moves the tie up and a smaller number moves the tie down.
  • Tie Contour: Height • Left • Right. Height is not the actual height of the tie, but of its left and right control points (imaginary points above the tie’s arc that Finale uses, along with the Inset setting, to calculate the height and curve of the arc). When a tie is drawn, its arc approaches, but does not actually reach, the height of the control points. Enter a value into the Height text boxes to set the height of the left and right control point of the tie. A larger number increases the height of the arc. A smaller number decreases the height.
  • Tie Contour: Inset: Left • Right %. The Inset value determines the amount of "hook" or "flatness" of the tie ends. When Inset percent is the selected Inset Style, enter values into the Left and Right Inset text boxes to set the amount of "hook" of the left and right tie ends for each span. Inset is a percentage of the span (tie length). Enter a lower percentage to hook the tie end more, curving it more sharply. A higher percentage will flatten the tie end.

    When Inset Fixed is the selected Inset Style, enter a value into the Inset text box. Inset is a fixed number that applies to the three spans. The tie ends are always hooked by this amount, regardless of the tie length. Enter a lower number to hook the tie end more, curving it more sharply. Enter a higher number to hook the tie end less, flattening it.

  • Tie Direction: Automatic • Over • Under. Set the direction for the tie as frozen under, frozen over or use Automatic to let Finale decide which direction the tie should go based on your settings in Document Options - Ties. You can also use CTRL+F to flip the tie without even entering the Tie Alterations dialog box.
  • Break for Time Signature: Default • On • Off. Choose an option from the pop-up menu to specify whether the tie breaks or continues at a time signature change. Default is the initial setting. When Default is selected, Finale uses the global Break for Time Signature setting in Document Options - Ties. Choose On to always break the tie at a time signature change and continue it immediately after the signature change, regardless of the global setting. Choose Off to draw the tie through the time signature without any break.
  • Break for Key Signature: Default • On • Off. Choose an option from the pop-up menu to specify whether the tie breaks or continues at a key signature change. Default is the initial setting. When Default is selected, Finale uses the global Break for Key Signature setting in Document Options - Ties. Choose On to always break the tie at a key signature change and continue it immediately after the signature change, regardless of the global setting. Choose Off to draw the tie through the key signature without any break.
  • Outer Placement: Default • On • Off. Choose and option from the pop-up menu to specify whether the tie uses Outer Placement settings or not. (Note that if the tie is an inside tie of a chord the Inner Placement settings will still be used.) Choose On to use separate settings for ties with outer placement. Choose Off to use the inner placement settings for all ties.
  • Avoid Staff Lines. When the check box is selected, Finale uses the Avoid Staff Lines By: setting in the Tie Contour dialog box to determine whether to modify the position of the peak of the arc in relation to staff lines. When not checked, Finale does not avoid staff lines.
  • Units: EVPUs • Inches • Centimeters • Points • Picas • Spaces. To position the selected tie using a different measurement unit than the current unit, make a selection from the pop-up menu.
  • OK • Reset • Cancel. Click OK to save your new settings and return to the score. Click Reset to restore the original settings, and Click Cancel to return to the score without saving any changes.

See also:

Ties

Document menu

Special Tools Tool

Document Options - Ties