How to get there
There are three ways to access the Enclosure Designer, depending on whether you want to edit an enclosure on an Expression, Repeat marking or Measure number:
- Choose the Expression tool and double-click a note or measure. In the Expression Selection dialog box, click Create (or click an existing expression and click Edit). If you like, enter or edit text in the Expression Designer text box, then click Edit next to Enclosure Shape.
- Choose the Repeat tool . Double-click a measure. Click Create to create a new text repeat (a piece of text that functions as a fully operational repeat marking, such as "To Coda") and enter the text for the text repeat. Select a shape from the Enclosure Shape
dropdownmenu and click Edit.
- Choose the Measure tool and select Measure > Edit Measure Number Regions. Next to Enclosure, click Edit. Or, double-click the handleA small square which appears on currently "selectable" elements in the score. Handles allow you to select, edit and adjust musical elements in the score. of certain measure numbers in the score to change their enclosures. Specifically, it appears if you’ve specified Enclosures in the Measure Number dialog box for the current region of measures. See Measure Number dialog box for details.
What it does
This dialog box lets you enclose the expression mark (such as a rehearsal letter) or text repeat (such as "To Coda") in a box of any size, geometric shape, or line thickness. If you encounter it using the Measure tool, it lets you modify, add, or remove the enclosure for the measure number you clicked. To set the default measurement units used in this dialog box, choose
- Shape: Rectangle, Oval, … None. Use this
dropdownmenu to select a shape such as a rectangle, oval or triangle, to draw around the text, or choose None if you don’t want an enclosure to appear.
- Opaque. Select this option to make the prevent items behind the enclosure from showing through. This is only available for rectangles and ellipses.
- Line Thickness. Type the thickness of the enclosure shape’s outline.
- Round Corners • Corner Radius. Select Round Corners to activate the Corner Radius field. Type the radius of the selected shape's corners. The larger the number, the rounder the corners.
- Height. Type the distance to add to Finale’s default height of the enclosure.
- Width. Type the distance to add to Finale’s default width of the enclosure.
- Center: H: • V:. Type the amount to shift the enclosure horizontally and vertically, if you don’t want it centered on the text. Positive H: numbers move the enclosure shape to the right of the center of the text. Positive V: numbers move the enclosure shape upward from the text’s baseline.
- Options: None, Enforce Minimum Width, Match Height and Width. Use this
dropdownmenu to control how the shape is drawn. If you choose None, you can independently set the height and width of the shape. Choose Match Height and Width to display the shape symmetrically so that the enclosure's height matches its width. Choose Enforce Minimum Width to enforce a minimum width so the enclosure’s height doesn’t change when its width adjusts to the text.
- Fixed Enclosure Size. When this option is selected, Finale maintains the exact size of the enclosure despite the size of the text. When this option is not selected, Finale adjusts the width (and size) of the enclosure depending on which item is selected in the Options
- Use Default Enclosure. This option is only available when you have accessed the Enclosure Designer through a measure handle. If you have specified a unique enclosure in the Measure Number dialog box, use this button to reset the item to use the default enclosure used in the rest of the document.
- OK • Cancel. Click OK to return to the previous dialog box. Click Cancel to return to the previous dialog box (or to the score) without making any changes.
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 the Line Thickness, Corner Radius, Height, or Width.
Tip: Choose Match Height and Width from the Options