Transposition dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the Selection tool icon and select a region of measures.
  2. Choose Utilities > Transpose.


  1. Create a transposition ClosedMetatoolA Finale keyboard shortcut that lets you enter markings very quickly. Up to 36 Metatools can be programmed for the following items: Articulations, Chord Symbols, Expressions, Key Signatures, Time Signatures, Selection, Repeats, and Tuplets. The name for these shortcuts gave rise to the old chestnut, "I never metatool I didn't like." by choosing the Selection tool icon and selecting a region of measures.
  2. Hold down the COMMAND and SHIFT key and press 6, 7, 8, or 9.

What it does

In this dialog box, you can specify a transposition of any interval, from a half step to many octaves, you want to be applied to the selected measures. This kind of transposition has nothing to do with the key signature; it merely transposes the selected music up or down by the interval you specify, adding or subtracting accidentals as necessary. See Transposing music.

  • Direction: Up • Down. Use these options to choose the direction of the transposition relative to the existing notes.
  • Method: Diatonically • Chromatically. Use these options to specify what kind of transposition you want—diatonic (moves notes up and down the scale) or chromatic (moves notes by half steps).
  • Interval. Use this pop-up menu to choose the interval you want to transpose the selected music. The options in this pop-up menu depend on whether you have selected Diatonically or Chromatically in the field above. To transpose an interval greater than an octave, you can add one octave (or several) to the interval chosen by entering a number in the Plus __ Octaves text box (see below). Choose Other to open the Interval dialog box to specify an interval not listed in the pop-up menu.
  • Plus ___ Octaves. Enter a number in this text box to add octaves to the interval you’ve specified. A negative number transposes the selected music in the opposite direction from the interval you’ve specified.
  • Preserve Original Notes. Select this option when you want to keep the original line of music when transposing notes to a selected interval. In effect, you’re doubling the notes in your score. When this option is not selected, Finale transposes the existing line of notes without keeping the original line.
  • Cancel • OK. Click OK (or press RETURN) to confirm, or Cancel to discard, the changes you’ve made and return to your score.

See also:


Transposing music