Standard Frame dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the Text tool icon. The Text menu appears.
  2. Click a text block handle.
  3. Choose Text > Standard Frame.

What it does

Use the Standard Frame dialog box to specify whether a border appears around the text block, how the corners of the boarder appear, and to specify the thickness of the border. Also specify the amount to indent the text from the frame. This setting affects the text block both on-screen and on printed music. To set the default measurement units used in this dialog box, choose Edit > Measurement Units and select the desired units.

  • Show Border. Use this option to determine whether a border appears around the text block. When this option is selected, Finale displays a border around the text block using the line thickness specified in this dialog box. When this option is not selected, the text block appears without a border.
  • Expand Horizontally • Expand Vertically. These options control how text typed into the score flows into an editing frame. Sometimes you will want the frame to remain a fixed size, while other times you’ll want it to expand as you type. To have the frame automatically expand as you type, double-click a location in the score and start entering text without dragging to create a frame; or, display the Frame Attributes dialog box for a text block already in the score and select the Expand Horizontally option. The edge of the frame will expand left or right—depending on its horizontal alignment—as long as you enter text, until you press enter (type a carriage return) to start a new line. To allow an unlimited number of lines of text in a frame, double-click a location in the score and start entering text without dragging to create a frame; or, display the Frame Attributes dialog box for a text block already in the score and select the Expand Vertically option. The edge of the frame will expand up or down—depending on its vertical alignment—as long as you enter text.

    Neither of these options are selected if you create a text block by double-clicking and dragging to create the size frame that you want the text to flow into. Dragging the frame on-screen to adjust the text block’s width or height also deselects these settings. Make sure that Expand Horizontally is not selected if you want the text to wrap when it reaches the edge of the frame, and that Expand Vertically is not selected if you want the text to flow into the height of the existing frame.

    The sides of the frame show a single line on-screen to indicate that the frame expands horizontally or vertically. A double line indicates that the frame is a fixed size; drag the side of the frame to resize it.

  • 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, or Inset Text.

  • Line Thickness. Type the line thickness for the border.
  • Round Corners • Radius. Select Round Corners to activate the Radius field. Type the radius of the boarder's corners. The larger the number, the rounder the corners. Show Border must be checked and there must be a value entered in the Line Thickness field to see these changes.

    When creating new text, the default value for the Radius is 0.02778 Inches.

  • Inset Text. Type the distance that you want the text to be inset from the border or the frame shape. This value is always used, even if you don’t show the border or shape.
  • OK • Cancel. Click Cancel to return to the score without changing the settings for the frame that the text flows into. Click OK to confirm your settings and return to the score.

See also:

Custom Frame dialog box