Speedy Edit Commands submenu

This submenu lists the Speedy Entry commands and their keyboard shortcuts. Select the desired option from the menu, or use the menu as a reminder for the keyboard shortcut. These commands and their corresponding shortcuts can be used to edit a selected note, or the note previously entered. For a full list of keyboard shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts and special mouse clicks.

  • Add Note • Delete Note. Choose these commands to add or remove a note from an existing note.
  • Delete Entry. Choose this command to delete an entire chord, note, or rest.
  • Show/Hide Entry. Choose this command to either show or hide an entire chord, note, or rest.
  • Raise Half Step • Lower Half Step. Choose these commands to raise or lower the selected pitch by a half step. A courtesy accidental appears if this pitch is repeated later in the measure.
  • Raise Half Step (Entire Measure) • Lower Half Step (Entire Measure). Choose these commands to raise or lower the selected pitch by a half step throughout the entire measure.
  • Show/Hide Accidental. Choose this command to force an accidental to either show or hide on the selected pitch.
  • Freeze/Unfreeze Accidental. Choose this command to force the accidental to either appear (freeze) or appear if needed (unfreeze).
  • Enharmonic. Choose this command to change the spelling of the selected note. See Enharmonics.
  • Enharmonic (Entire Measure). Choose this command to change the spelling of the selected note throughout the remainder of the measure.
  • Add/Remove Accidental Parentheses. Choose this command to add parentheses around an accidental on a selected note.
  • Flip Stem Direction. Choose this command to reverse the current stem direction of the selected note.

    Select the first note of a beamed group to change the direction of all stems in the beam group.

  • Set Stem Direction to Automatic. Choose this command to allow Finale to set the stem direction.
  • Break/Join Beam. Choose this command to break the beam between the two notes or to force the selected note to beam to the previous note.
  • Flat Beam. Choose this command to force the selected beam to appear horizontally flat.
  • Tie/Untie to Next Note • Tie/Untie to Prev Note. Choose these commands to place a tie to the next note or the previous note (even across barlines).
  • Add Dot. Choose this command to place an augmentation dot on the current note.
  • Grace Note. Choose this command to change the selected note to a grace note, or to change a grace note back to a normal sized note.
  • Slash Grace Note. Choose this command to place a slash through the flag of the selected grace note if this option hasn't been globally set in Document Options - Grace Notes.
  • Combine/Split Rests. Choose this command to combine or split the selected rest with rests on the same beat in other ClosedlayersAn independent overlay of music in the same measure. Each Finale document consists of four transparent layers, each of which can contain its own rhythmically independent inner voice. Only one layer can be active (frontmost) at a time, however; the layer selection buttons appear in the lower left corner of your Finale window, indicating which layer is active. Note that each layer may also contain 2 independent voices.. This command is only available when Consolidate rests across layers is checked in the Document Options - Layers dialog box. Finale combines rests across layers by default. This command follows these rules:
    • Combining rests: Finale only combines rests of equal duration occurring on the same beat. Rests are combined in this manner only if there are no sounding notes in any layer on that beat. When combined, the rest is displayed as the currently selected layer.
    • Splitting rests: Finale creates individual rests in all layers that are being used in that measure. They are vertically positioned according to their default position.
    • Rest positioning: If an individual rest has been repositioned, it cannot be combined with rests in other layers. Combined rests are centered vertically on the staff, but can be manually repositioned like any other rest; any repositioning affects all layers. In these contexts, positioning includes dragging horizontally and vertically in Speedy Entry, moving up and down with the arrow keys in Simple Entry, using the Note Position tool, and editing the Position field in the Edit Frame dialog box.
    • Rest size: If an individual rest has been resized with the Resize tool icon, it cannot be combined with rests in other layers. Resizing combined rests with the Resize tool affects all layers.
    • Hiding rests: If any rests on a particular beat have been hidden, the rests on that beat cannot be combined. If a combined rest is hidden, the rest is hidden in all layers.
    • Changing a rest to a note: If a combined rest is changed to a note (for example, with the Toggle Note/Rest command), the note appears only in the active layer. Rests in other layers that were part of the combined rest appear in those layers as normal (not combined) rests.
  • Freeze/Float Rest. Choose this command to force the rest to appear in the default position (centered in the staff lines) or to float according to layer settings.

See also:

Speedy Entry

Speedy Entry Tool

Enharmonics