Percussion Layout Selection dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose Window > ScoreManager and select a score instrument.
  2. From the Notation Style dropdown menu, choose Percussion if it’s not already selected.

What it does

The Percussion Layout Selection dialog box displays the percussion layouts available in this document. Finale’s default percussion layouts (which were saved in Finale’s percussion layouts library) appear in this dialog box, as well as any percussion layouts you create or edit. Use this dialog box to edit, create, and delete percussion layouts (that can be used for any staff), and to select the layout used in the current staff.

Noteman says: To load a percussion layouts library, which can contain one or more predefined percussion layouts, choose File > Load Library and select the library you want to open. To save a percussion library, choose File > Save Library. Finale saves all the percussion layouts listed in the Percussion Layouts Selection dialog box into one library.

  • Edit. Click a percussion layout in the list, then click Edit to display the Percussion Layout Designer dialog box, where you can modify the note definitions and change which notes are used for the current staff.

    Changes made to a percussion layout apply to all staves that use that particular percussion layout.

  • Create. Click Create to create a new layout. Finale displays the Percussion Layout Designer dialog box, where you can set up the note definitions and specify which notes are used for the current staff.

    Rather than create new layouts, you may find it easier to edit the percussion layouts contained in Finale’s default percussion library.

  • Duplicate. Click this button to create a duplicate copy of the selected percussion layout. Use SHIFT-click to select an additional item and include all the items in between. Use CTRL-click to select only a specific additional item in the list.
  • Delete. Click this button to delete the currently selected percussion layout from the list. If the map is selected for the current staff or any other staff in the piece, you must choose an alternate percussion layout for those staves before you can delete the percussion layout. Use SHIFT-click to select an additional item and include all the items in between. Use CTRL-click to select only a specific additional item in the list.
  • Move Up • Move Down. Click these buttons to move the selected item or items up or down in the list. You can select more than one item. Use SHIFT-click to select an additional item and include all the items in between. Use CTRL-click to select only a specific additional item in the list.
  • Select. Click the percussion layout that you want to use for this staff, then click this button to dismiss the dialog box. Finale uses the selected percussion layout for this staff until you select a different layout, reset the staff to standard notation, or choose another option from the Notation Style dropdown menu in the ScoreManager.
  • Cancel. Click this button if you decide not to change the percussion layout used by this staff. The percussion layout selected when you entered the dialog box will be saved. All other changes that you made using the Edit, Create or Delete buttons are also saved.

See also:

Percussion

ScoreManager

Staff tool

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