Copying music

Noteman says: View Tutorial 4: Editing your music for an overview.

Finale offers a great deal of control over copying, including options for filtering specific elements, methods for both inserting and pasting (replacing), and the ability to copy across documents. This section describes methods for copying music in Finale, and the choices you have when doing so.

Noteman says: To move measures from one system to another or make other changes to the measure layout, see Measure layout.

For the remainder of this section, “source” refers to the original selected music, and “target” refers to the destination for the copied material. Also, unless specified otherwise, "selection" refers to a region including full or partial measures less than a ClosedstackA slash through a number indicates the note should be raised a half step (opposed to a sharp preceding the number, which indicates a sharp added to that specific pitch, which could mean more than a half step). The Finale Numerics font includes slash characters that can be added to inversions or pre-slashed characters.. Any tool that allows regional selection can be used to copy music, including the Selection tool, Staff tool, Measure tool, and others. For more details, see Selecting Music.

Noteman says: See The Selection tool for a tutorial on general mass-editing techniques, including selecting, copying, transposing, and working with measures.

Whenever you copy music, you will need to choose whether you want to copy and paste or copy and insert.

After selecting a region of music, use one of the following methods to copy and paste or copy and insert.

  • Copying and pasting using the clipboard. This method allows you to easily copy/cut and paste to target regions outside of the visible area, or paste the same material multiple times. See To copy and paste using the clipboard.
  • Copying and pasting by dragging. This method allows you to quickly copy and paste to target regions within the visible area, and also allows you to copy and paste to target regions outside of the visible area. See To copy and paste by dragging.
  • Copying and pasting stacks. This method allows you to copy and paste any number of items in the Edit Filter dialog box including measure items like key signatures, barline styles, and measure widths. See To copy and paste stacks.
  • Copying and inserting using the clipboard. This method allows you to easily copy/cut and insert to target regions outside of the visible area, or insert the same material multiple times. See To copy and insert using the clipboard.
  • Copying and inserting by dragging. This method allows you to quickly copy and insert to target regions within the visible area. See To copy and insert by dragging.
  • Copying and inserting stacks. This method allows you to insert full measures, all staves, including any number of items in the Edit Filter dialog box. See To copy and insert stacks.

When copying across instruments, Finale automatically transposes the music to an octave within the range of the target instrument (or as close as possible). See Copying between instruments of different ranges.

Copying and inserting music

Copying specific markings and elements

Copying documents