Finale : Controlling Text Visibility Between Score & Parts

In observing the steps people go through to change visibility of text between score and parts in Finale, I thought a short tutorial post on the subject might be helpful.

Headers and other types of text are normally shared between the score and the parts, visible in both. The default setting is to show the text entered from the score view in both score and parts, whether page text, system text or a staff expression.

It is a simple key shortcut to Show or Hide individual occurrences of text  as you edit each part :

CNTRL-ALT-SHIFT-H / windows • CMND-OPT-SHIFT-H / mac

… However, this is a lot of extra steps, particularly in an orchestral score with a lot of parts. It is much easier to do this in a single step for cases where you want the visibility of all the parts set the same way, and the score set a different way.

Let’s say I have a piece of text that I want hidden in the score, but visible in the parts:

For instance, I don’t want to show the “Concert Score” text centered at the top of every page of score, but I do want to show the instrument name in the same location on every page of every part.

This is relatively straightforward to do in Finale:

  1. Go to score view
  2. With the Text Tool selected, right click on the text object you want to hide in score.
  3. Check Show if it is not already checked
  4. Select Unlink in All Parts
  5. Check Show again. It toggles to become Hide

To Hide Text in all the parts, while showing in the score, use the same steps, with the following minor difference: In step 1 above, (parts still linked), Hide *before* steps 2 &3 (all text hidden, unlink, toggle hide to show in score).

You should find that in many cases, this is less work than individually hiding text as you go, and you can still hide text in a single part (a duplicate dynamic in the part or whatever) on a case by case basis with the keystroke toggle.

Note that Link attributes apply to the current view only, and are not copied along with the visibility setting. For instance, while in score view, if you Unlink a bit of text from the parts, then uncheck *Show* it in the score and *then* copy that text elsewhere, the original bit of text will be visible in the part and hidden in the score, but the text that was *copied* will be hidden in both the score and the part.

You can choose the Show and Unlink / Relink contextual menu items from either the score or part views (although the option for ALL parts is only available from the score view).

Originally published 9/6/11

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