Window menu

Expanded Window menu

How to get there

The Window menu is one of Finale’s unchanging menus; that is, it appears regardless of which tool is selected.

What it does

The Window menu controls (and indicates) which windows are open, and which are in front (active). It also has Tile and Cascade commands, which automatically and neatly arrange multiple open windows into a more convenient layout.

  • ScoreManager. Choose this command to display the ScoreManager, which allows you to control virtually all aspects of your score instruments.
  • Mixer. Choose this command to open the Mixer, which offers master and staff controls that allow you to adjust playback output in real-time.
  • Playback Controls. Choose this command to display the Playback Controls, the floating window that controls playback in your file.
  • Main Tool Palette. Choose this command to display the Main Tool palette, which contains all of Finale's primary tools. The Main Tool palette always floats in front of all other windows.

    The default position of the Main Tool palette is docked at the top of the screen. You can also dock the palette in a vertical strip or create a floating palette. Click on the edge of a docked palette and drag it into the middle of the screen to create a floating palette. As you drag the palette, an outline will appear showing the shape and position of the palette in that location.

  • Advanced Tools Palette. Choose this command to display the Advanced Tools palette, which contains the Special Tools tool, Note Mover tool, Graphics tool, MIDI tool, and Ossia tool.
  • Navigational Tools Palette. Choose this command to display the Navigational Tools palette, which contains the Hand Grabber tool and Zoom tool.
  • Simple Entry Palette. Choose this command to display the Simple Entry palette. Depending on the settings in Preferences - Palettes and Backgrounds dialog box, you may have to click the Simple Entry tool to view this palette.
  • Simple Entry Rests Palette. Choose this command to display the Simple Entry Rests palette. Depending on the settings in the Preferences - Palettes and Backgrounds dialog box, you may have to click the Simple Entry tool to view this palette.
  • Smart Shape Palette. Choose this command to display the Smart Shape palette. Depending on the settings in the Preferences - Palettes and Backgrounds dialog box, you may have to click the Smart Shape tool to view this palette.
  • Special Tools Palette. Choose this command to display the Special Tools palette. Depending on the settings in the Preferences - Palettes and Backgrounds dialog box, you may have to click the Special Tools tool to view this palette.
  • File Palette. Choose this command to display the File palette.
  • Edit Palette. Choose this command to display the Edit palette.
  • View Palette. Choose this command to display the View palette.
  • Layout Palette. Choose this command to display the Layout palette.
  • Customize Palettes. Use this submenu to change the appearance or location of individual tool buttons on the various palettes. See Customize Palettes submenu.
  • Status Bar. Choose this command to display the status bar, the thin strip at the bottom of Finale's application window that shows help messages and identifies each tool as you click it.
  • Arrange Icons. Choose this command to align minimized windows icons neatly at the bottom of the application window.
  • Cascade Windows. Choose this command to neatly stack open file windows so that they overlap by a half-inch or so, as though they're a deck of cards being fanned from upper-left to lower-right. Because this arrangement leaves each window's name bar visible, it's easy to jump from one window to another (by clicking any visible part of it). The lower-right window is active.
  • Tile Windows Vertically • Tile Windows Horizontally. Choose these commands to neatly place open file windows side-by-side (vertically) or one atop the other (horizontally), subdividing your screen area so that all windows are the same size. The active window is the one whose title bar is highlighted.
  • New Window. Choose this command to create a duplicate of the active window (and of the same file), in which you can scroll, enlarge, reduce, or change views independently of the original window. The various windows of a single file are identified in the bottom portion of the Window menu.

    When you edit music in one of the duplicate windows, the music is instantly edited in the other window(s) as well. This can be useful if you have a score with multiple linked parts. You can vertically tile the Score window and the Part window and observe how your edits in one affect the other.

  • Close Window. Choose this command to close the currently active window. If you close the last active window on a document, Finale closes the file, asking if you want to save changes.
  • [File windows]. The names of all file windows are listed in the order they were opened at the bottom of the Window menu. A check mark appears by the active window. Choose a window's name to make it active.

Tip: To switch the active document window, press CTRL+TAB.

See also:

Palettes

Tools