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To define and add custom rehearsal marks

  1. Click the Expression Tool  image\Expression_Tool.gif.
  2. Double-click on or above the measure at which the rehearsal mark is to appear. The Expression Selection dialog box appears.
  3. Choose the Rehearsal Marks category.
  4. To create a new rehearsal mark definition, click Create Rehearsal Mark. Or, select Finale's auto-sequenced rehearsal mark and click Duplicate, then Edit to leave Finale's original rehearsal mark expression intact.
  5. Check Use Auto-Sequencing Style.
  6. Choose the desired letter/number style from the adjacent drop-down menu.
  7. Check Hide Measure Numbers if you want to hide measure numbers in favor of rehearsal marks where added.
  8. If you wish, choose a shape for an enclosure and then click Edit. The Enclosure Designer dialog box appears. Choose the shape you prefer from the list of geometric enclosures. Drag the top handle to make the enclosure taller or shorter, the right-side handle to make the whole enclosure bigger or smaller, and the middle handle to position the enclosure around the letter. You can also change the line thickness, which is measured in the measurement unit chosen (see Measurement Units). (You can also use a different shape enclosure here by selecting it from the Shape drop-down menu.

Note: Enclosed rehearsal numbers may not look the same when printed by a PostScript printer as they appear on the screen. You may need to experiment to find the correct adjustment; in the meantime, remember that the Show PostScript Preview command (in the View menu, only in Page View) will help you preview the printed output before you commit the score to paper.

  1. Click OK to exit the Enclosure dialog box. You return to the Expression Selection dialog box.
  2. Press Shift-m if you want to assign the m metatool key to rehearsal marks (as they are defined in Finale's templates and default document). Of course, you can assign any expression to any metatool key. See To create expression metatools.
  3. If you want to display the rehearsal mark in specific staves, click the Edit Categories button to open the Category Designer dialog box.
  4. Here, you can use the Score List options to select or define the desired Score List. See Score List dialog box for more information.
  5. Click OK and then Assign to add the rehearsal mark. See To add rehearsal marks.

Choose the same expression for all other rehearsal marks in your score and Finale will sequence them for you automatically (and even update after you insert, delete, or reorder them). 



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