Finale, triplets, and the end of the bar

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from Finale users is, “How do I put a triplet on the last beat of a measure?”

Today this is easily accomplished entirely within the Simple Entry tool. Simply enter the first eighth note of the triplet as an eighth note:

Then hit the 9 key to automatically create a triplet with rests:

You can now use the right arrow to move from the selected note to the first rest, then type the note name you’d like to replace the rest. Want an “e”? Type the letter “e” on your computer keyboard. Use the same steps for the final note.

Here’s one more tip: If your tuplet is more complicated (let’s say you have a quarter note and an eighth in the space of a quarter note), hold down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) key while you type the 9. This brings you to the Tuplet Definition dialog box offering more tuplet control.

Let us know how this is working for you by clicking on “Comments” below.

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