Select Region dialog box

How to get there

Choose Edit > Select Region. (Used with the Selection tool, Staff tool, Measure tool, Clef tool, Time Signature Tool, Key Signature tool and MIDI tool.)

What it does

When you want to select a region of measures to edit, erase, or copy, you normally click to select one measure, SHIFT-click to select additional measures, drag-enclose to select several on-screen measures, click to the left of the staff to select the entire staff, or choose Edit > Select All to select the entire document. However, many of these methods require that the measures you’re selecting be visible on the screen. With this dialog box, however, you can select large or small sections of your score without scrolling; in fact, if you’re viewing measure 200, you can even select measures 1 through 10 remotely (without actually clicking any measures) from this dialog box. Finale selects the specified measures, even if you can’t see them. This dialog box even lets you select a certain range of beats within the measures.

Noteman says: If you enter a measure number that is not defined in any text field in this dialog box, Finale displays an error message that lists the defined measure number regions in your document. For example, if the only defined measure number regions are 10-99 and AA-CZ, typing in 1, 104, or DB will all result in this error message.

  • From Staff: ___ • Measure: ___ • Beat. Using these controls, specify the staff name and measure number, respectively, of the first measure of the region you want selected. Choose the staff name from the dropdown menu, and type a number into the Measure text box. Alternatively, if you have defined any ClosedbookmarksA particular position on the Page (Page View), or a measure (Scroll View) that can be saved and recalled. in your document, you can select one by right-clicking in the Measure text box (see Bookmarks submenu).

    If you select any measures before you choose Edit > Select Region, Finale identifies the first selected measure’s number and staff name in these boxes automatically. That’s useful to remember if the first measure of the desired region is visible on the screen—then, when you arrive at this dialog box, you only have to specify the ending measure of the region (see below), which saves you several steps.

    With the beat selection you can specify which beat in the measure you want to begin the selection. Type it into the text box at the right side of the dialog box. For example, if the fourth beat of the measure is supposed to begin the selected region, type a 4 into the box. Alternatively, you can choose EDU from this dropdown menu, and enter an EDU value (1024 per quarter note) to specify a starting point with high precision.

  • Through Staff: ___ • Measure: ___ • Beat. Using these controls, specify the staff name and measure number, respectively, of the last measure of the region you want selected. Choose the staff name from the dropdown menu, and type a number into the Measure text box. Alternatively, if you have defined any ClosedbookmarksA particular position on the Page (Page View), or a measure (Scroll View) that can be saved and recalled. in your document, you can select one by right-clicking in the Measure text box (see Bookmarks submenu).

    Again, if you select any measures before you choose Edit > Select Region, Finale enters the last selected measure’s number and staff name (or number) in these boxes automatically. That’s useful to remember if the last measure of the desired region is visible on the screen—then, when you arrive at this dialog box, you only have to specify the beginning measure of the region (see above).

    And here, too, you can also specify which beat in the measure you want to end the selection by typing a beat number into the text box at the right side of the dialog box. Alternatively, you can choose EDU from this dropdown menu, and enter an EDU value (1024 per quarter note) to specify an ending point.

  • OK • Cancel. Click OK to return to the document, where Finale selects (highlights) the measures in the region you specified. Click Cancel dismiss the dialog box without selecting any measures.

See also:

Selection Tool

Edit menu