Page Format for Score dialog box

How to get there

Choose Document > Page Format > Score.

What it does

The Page Format for Score dialog box allows you to globally define various page layout aspects for your document like parameters for margins, page size, and music size. These settings can define page formats separately for new left and right pages in your score. You can also position the first page’s top margin and the first staff system.

Noteman says: Before printing using a custom page size, make sure that the margins are set appropriately in this dialog box. Visit the Finale Knowledge Base for further troubleshooting steps.

Once you’ve changed any of the page layout variables, Finale only applies the changed format to any new pages it creates—not the pages already created. You can use this trait to your advantage because it allows you to use several different page layout schemes within a single document if you wish.

To update staff margins and page margins of pages that are already in the score, use the Redefine Pages submenu, which allows you to update all existing pages in your piece, just the left pages, or only the right pages. To update these settings for parts, see the Page Format for Parts dialog box.

  • Page Size: Width • Height • Portrait • Landscape. Use the Page Size pop-up menu or the width and height text boxes to specify the default size for new pages yet to be created. The default page size is 8.5 by 11 inches. The Portrait and Landscape options let you determine your score’s orientation.
  • Scale Page to. Use this text box to specify the percentage of enlargement or reduction you want to be applied to the music on all pages, expressed as a percentage of normal size.
  • System Scaling: Staff Height • And Scale System • Resulting System Scaling. Set the staff height, then apply a percentage to the value. The static text is the cumulative effect for all staves in the score.
  • Tip: The absolute staff height is 96 EVPUs (.3333 inches or .8467 cm).

  • System Margins: Top • Left • Right • Bottom • Distance Between Systems. These fields represent the distance between one system and the one above it (Top), the distance from the edge of each system to the page margins (Left and Right), or the extra space between the bottom of one system and the top of the next (Bottom). The distance between the bottom of one system and top of the following system is the Distance Between Systems.
  • First Staff System Margins: Top • Left • Distance From Top. Use these options to make room for the title on the first page of your score. Enter a value in the Top text box to tell Finale how far down the page to place the first system, measured down from the top page margin. The Left value specifies how far you want Finale to indent the first system on the first page. Enter a value for the distance from the page margin in the Distance From Top field.
  • Facing Pages. Select this checkbox to use the settings in both the Left Page Margins and Right Page Margins sections below for new left and right pages in your score. Select this option if you want different formats or margins for your left and right pages. In Finale, all even pages are left-facing pages, and all odd pages are right-facing pages (as Finale numbers them at the bottom of the window in Page View). If Facing Pages is not selected, Finale uses the Left Page Margins settings for every page.
  • Left Page Margins: Top • Left • Right • Bottom. Use these options to apply settings to newly created left pages when Facing Pages is selected. All even-numbered pages are considered left pages (as Finale numbers them in Page View). When Facing Pages is not selected, these settings apply to all newly created pages.
  • Right Page Margins: Top • Left • Right • Bottom. Use these options to apply settings to newly created right pages when Facing Pages is selected. All odd-numbered pages are considered right pages (as Finale numbers them in Page View). When Facing Pages is not selected, these settings are not used.
  • First Page Top Margin. Select this checkbox to use a different value for the first page than the default for other pages. This value sets the position of the top page margin on the first page of your music. Enter a value to specify where, measured from the top of the page, Finale should place the music.
  • Units: EVPUs • Inches • Centimeters • Points • Picas • Spaces. Use this pop-up menu If you find that your selected measurement unit is too large or small to work with and override your global choice. See Equivalents.
  • 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:

Page layout

Large print music

Margins

Printing

Systems

Page Format for Parts dialog box

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