Finale Keyboard Shortcuts

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To those looking for an abstract of the hotkeys for Finale 2012. By Alexandre Garcia

Text of Finale Keyboard Shortcuts

KeyboardShortcuts& Special Mouse ClicksCommands that are new or have changed in Finale 2012 are marked by a bullet ().

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INDEXFile menu4Edit menu4Utilities menu4Window menu5View menu5GeneralKeyboardShortcuts5Articulation Tool6Chord tool7Clef tool7Expression Tool7Graphics Tool8Hand Grabber Tool9HyperScribe Tool9Transcription Mode9Lyrics Tool9Measure Tool10Mirror Tool11Note Mover Tool11Ossia Tool12Page Layout Tool12Repeat Tool12Resize Tool13Selection Tool13Simple Entry Tool15Simple Entry Laptop Set17Smart Shape Tool19Speedy Entry tool20Special Tools Tool22Staff Tool22Text Tool24Tuplet Tool24Zoom Tool25Playback25Shape Designer25

File menu

Launch Window-CTRL+SHIFT+NNew (default new action)-CTRL+NOpen-CTRL+OClose-CTRL+WSave-CTRL+SPrint Score-CTRL+PQuit-ALT+F4+Q

Edit menu

Undo-CTRL+ZRedo-CTRL+YUndo/Redo List-CTRL+SHIFT+ZCut-CTRL+XCut to Clip File-PressCTRL+X when choosing CutCopy (to the Clipboard)-CTRL+CInsert-CTRL+ICopy to Clip File-PressCTRL when choosing Copy+CInsert From Clip File-PressCTRLwhen choosing InsertInsert and Filter-CTRL+SHIFT+IInsert and Filter from Clip File-Press CTRL+SHIFT while choosing InsertPaste-CTRL+VPaste Multiple (from the clipboard)-CTRL+ALT+VPaste (paste from a Clip file)-PressCTRL when choosing PastePaste Multiple using the one-click method-Highlight the source measures. PressALT+CTRLand click the target measure. ThePaste Multiple dialog boxappears.Paste and Filter-SHIFT+CTRL+V. TheEdit Filter dialog boxappears where you can choose which items you would like to paste.Use Filter-ALT+CTRL+FEdit Filter-SHIFT+ALT+CTRL+FPaste and Filter from Clip Files-Press SHIFT+CTRL while choosing Paste. TheEdit Filter dialog boxappears where you can choose which items you would like to paste.Delete Measure Stack-Delete (with a stack selected)Select All-CTRL+AUpdate Layout and remove measure groupings-CTRL+SHIFT+UClear All Items-BACKSPACE(Laptops Fn-6)Set SmartFind Source Region-CTRL+F

Deselect SmartFind Source Region-CTRL+FApply SmartFind and Paint-CTRL+SHIFT+F

Utilities menu

Update Layout-CTRL+UTranspose-CTRL+6 through 9Program a Transposition-SHIFT+CTRL+6 through 9Lock Systems-CTRL+L (Or, with the Selection tool selected, press L to lock Systems).Unlock Systems-CTRLSHIFT+ U (Or, with the Selection tool selected, press U to unlock Systems).Apply Note Spacing-CTRL+4 (Or, with the Selection tool selected, press 4)Apply Beat Spacing-CTRL+ 5 (Or, with the Selection tool selected, press 5)Fit Measures-CTRL+MImplode Music-1 (With Selection tool selected)Explode Music-2 (With Selection tool selected)Check Elapsed Time-3 (With Selection tool selected)

Window menu

Show/Hide Main Tool Palette-COMMAND+TSwitch between open windows-CTRL+TABOpen/Close Mixer-CTRL+SHIFT+M

View menu

Page View-CTRL+EScroll View-CTRL+EStudio View-CTRL+SHIFT+EEnd Position-END keyRedraw Screen-CTRL+DZoom In-CTRL++ (plus sign) or hold downCTRL+SHIFT and right-clickZoom Out-CTRL+- (minus) or hold downCTRL+SHIFTandright-clickCustom Zoom 2-CTRL+2Custom Zoom 1-CTRL+1Custom Zoom 3-CTRL+3View At X %-CTRL+0Fit Width-CTRL+]Fit in Window-CTRL+[Add Bookmark-CTRL+BView At Last Size-Double-right-click on the scoreDefine a Staff Set-Press CTRLwhen choosing Staff Set(in Scroll View or Studio View)Show/Hide Rulers-CTRL+RChange layers-ALT+SHIFT+layer number (1-4)

GeneralKeyboardShortcuts

OK all open dialog boxes-CTRL-click the OK buttonCancel all open dialog boxes-CTRL-click the Cancel button"Add Again" Metatool (adds the previously added marking)-Press -(hyphen) and click the scoreApply a Metatool-Press a number or letter and click the scoreProgram a Metatool-Press SHIFT+number or SHIFT+letterProgram akeyboardequivalent for a tool-Press SHIFT+Function key (F2-F12)Switch to a tool youve programmed-Press Function key (F2-F12)Select Yes or No in dialog boxes-Type N for No and Y for YesShow Active Layer Only-SHIFT+ALT+SOpen Document Options-CTRL+ALT+AMove up a full screen (page view)-PAGE UPMove down a full screen (page view)-PAGE DOWNMove to previous page (page view)-CTRL+PAGE UPMove to next page (page view)-CTRL+PAGE DOWNAdvance one increment up vertically-ALT+PAGE UPAdvance on increment down vertically-ALT+PAGE DOWNMove left one screen (page view)-HOMEMove right one screen (page view)-ENDMove to beginning (page view)-CTRL+HOMEMove to end (page view)-CTRL+ENDMove to the top/left of the leftmost viewable page-SHIFT+HOMEMove to the bottom/right of the rightmost viewable page-SHIFT+ENDAdvance one increment right horizontally (page view)-ALT+HOMEAdvance one increment left horizontally (page view)-ALT+ENDMove forward screenfull of measures (scroll view)-CTRL+PAGE UPMove backward screenfull of measures (scroll view)-CTRL+PAGE DOWNMove to beginning of score (scroll view)-HOMEMove to end of score (scroll view)-ENDChange layers-ALT+SHIFT+layer number

Articulation Tool

Display the Articulation Selection dialog box-Click on, above, or below a note or rest that doesnt have an articulation attached, or click on a note whose articulation handles are visible, OR drag-enclose a group of notes with or without articulations.Select an articulation-Click, or SHIFT-click the handle.Delete an articulation-Select the handle and press DELETE, orright-click the handle and select Delete from the contextual menu. Drag-enclose a group of notes while holding delete to delete articulations on all the notes.Display the Articulation Designer dialog box-Double-click an articulation handle, orright-click the handle and select Edit Articulation Definition from the contextual menu.Highlight the note to which the articulation is assigned-ALT-click and hold a handle of an articulation.

Chord tool

Display positioning triangles-Click the staff (but not on a note or rest)Display the Chord Definition dialog box-Click a note with no chord symbol attached (With Manual Input selected in the Chord menu), or double-click a chord symbol handle, orright-click the handle and select Edit Chord Definition from the contextual menu.Delete a chord symbol-Select the handle and press DELETE, orright-click the handle and select Delete from the contextual menuInput chord symbols using MIDI keyboard-With Allow MIDI Input checked, click a note and play chord on the MIDI keyboardAnalyze chord in one or two staves-With One- or Two-Staff Analysis selected in the Chord menu, click on a note in the chord.Select a Suffix (type into score mode)-Type root followed by :0

Clef tool

Display the Change Clef dialog box-Double-click in a measure)To change the clef for a region-Select the region (if you want a mid-measure clef, select a part of a measure) and then double click the highlighted region.To change the clef from a measure to the next clef change-Double-click an unselected measure or a fully selected measure.Adjust the mid-measure clef position-Drag the handle of the mid-measure clefDelete a mid-measure clef-Select the handle and press DELETE, orright-click the handle and select Delete from the contextual menu.Change a mid-measure clef to another clef-Double-click the mid-measure clefs handle and drag left or right, orright-click the handle and select Edit Clef Definition.

Expression Tool

Display the Expression Selection dialog box-Double-click on, above, or below a measure or note.Select an expression handle-Click, or SHIFT-click to select multiple handles or pressCTRL+A to select all available handles.Move selected expression and attachment point-Drag the selected handlesMove the expression without changing the attachment point-ALT+drag the selected handlesAdd selected expression to adjacent staff. (Non-Score List expressions only)-Select an expression handle and pressCTRL+Up arrow orCTRL+Down arrow to add the expression to the staff above or below (respectively).Add selected expression to all staves above/below. (Non-Score List expressions only)-Select an expression handle and pressCTRL+HOME orCTRL+END to add the expression to all staves above or below (respectively).Add selected expression to all staves. (Non-Score List expressions only)-Select an expression handle and pressCTRL+ALT+ENTERto add the expression to all staves.Add selected expression to specific staves. (Non-Score List expressions only)-Select an expression handle and pressCTRL+ALT+ENTERto add the expression to all staves.Delete selected expressions-Press DELETE, orright-click the handle and select Delete from the contextual menu.Resize a shape expression-Double-click an expression handle, orright-click the handle and select Edit Score Shape Expression Graphically from the contextual menu.Display the Expression Designer dialog box-Double-click an expression handle (text expression), orright-click the handle and select Edit Expression Definition from the contextual menu.Display the Shape Expression Designer dialog box-CTRL+double-click an expression handle (shape expression), orright-click the handle and select Edit Shape Expression Definition from the contextual menu.Display the Expression Assignment dialog box-SHIFT+double-click an expression handle, or right-CONTROL-click the handle and select Edit Expression Assignment from the contextual menu.Highlight the note/measure to which the expression is attached-Hold downALTand click the expressions handle.To quickly change one expression to another using Metatoolshortcuts-Highlight the Expression handle and double-press the Metatool key corresponding to the expression you want to switch to

Graphics Tool

Align Left-CTRL+SHIFT+ [ (left square bracket)Center Horizontally-CTRL+SHIFT+ ' (apostrophe)Align Right-CTRL+SHIFT+ ] (right square bracket)Align Top-CTRL+ - (minus)Center Vertically-CTRL+SHIFT+ = (equals)Align Bottom-CTRL+SHIFT+ - (minus)Place a graphic in the Shape Designer-Click in the Shape Designer display area, thePlace Graphicsdialog box appearsSelect a graphic or graphics-Click a graphic