Apply Articulation dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the Selection tool icon and select a region of measures (or part of a measure).
  2. Choose Utilities > Apply Articulation. Or, click the Articulation tool icon and drag-enclose a series of notes.

What it does

Noteman says: If you find that your selected measurement unit is too large or small to work with, you can override your global choice by including the units or abbreviation when entering values. Or, you can set the default measurement units used in this dialog box by choosing Finale > Measurement Units and selecting the desired units.

The Apply Articulation dialog box lets you apply an articulation mark (such as an accent or staccato mark) to every note in a selected region or even every quarter note, for example.

  • Articulation • Select. The Articulation text box identifies, by number, the articulation marking you would like to apply to the selected notes. Click Select to choose an articulation from the Articulation Selection dialog box. The articulations in this dialog box are numbered left to right, top to bottom, starting from the staccato. Double-click the desired articulation; you return to the Apply Articulation dialog box, where the marking’s number appears in the Articulation text box.
  • All Notes. Choose this option if you want the selected articulation to appear on every note or chord in the selected region.
  • Notes Within Range of Durations • From • Through. It doesn’t make much sense to put a staccato mark on a whole note; nor is a fermata found very often on a 32nd note. For this reason, you can specify what kinds of notes receive the selected articulation. In the From palette, click the smallest note value—and in the Through palette, click the largest note value you want to receive the marking. All notes between (and including) those two note values are affected. To specify a dotted rhythm, click the dot as well; click the dot again to select a non-dotted rhythm.

    For example, if you only want quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes to have staccato marks, click the sixteenth note in the From palette and the quarter note in the Through palette. Finale won’t apply staccato marks to whole notes, half notes, or 32nd notes. If the note duration you’re looking for doesn’t appear in the palette—like if you want to specify a quintuplet quarter note—you can calculate its value in ClosedEDUsEDUs, or ENIGMA Duration Units, are Finale's high-resolution measurement for the duration of notes and rests, defined as 1024 EDUs per quarter note. and enter that number directly into one of the EDUs text boxes. There are 1024 EDUs per quarter note; you’d enter 1024 for a quarter note, 128 for a sixteenth, and so on. See Equivalents.

  • Include: Notes That Start a Tie. You usually wouldn’t expect to find a caesura on a note that begins a tie; the tie and the marking contradict each other. For cases like this, deselect this checkbox and Finale won’t apply the selected articulation to any note that is tied to a later note.
  • Include: Notes That Continue or End a Tie. Similarly, you usually wouldn’t expect to find an accent mark on a note that’s tied over from a previous note. Select this checkbox if you want Finale to place the selected articulation on notes that are tied from a previous note.
  • Additional Positioning: H: • V:. Use these text boxes to specify a particular position for the articulation you’ve selected, beyond any automatic positioning defined in the Articulation Designer dialog box.
  • Cancel • OK. Click OK (or press RETURN) to confirm, or Cancel to discard, the changes you’ve made and return to the score.

See also:


Utilities menu

Articulation Tool