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Using Chord Symbol in Windows

Postby winterdelight » Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:10 am

Hi,
I am using a trial version of Finale 2012. Can anyone advise how do you add Chord Symbol such as half diminished chord symbol?
I know how to create a text box but that's about it. The menu says keyboard shortcut is Alt0247 but where to enter and how? I tried entering inside the text box itself but didn't work.

Rgds,
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Re: Using Chord Symbol in Windows

Postby Peter Thomsen » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:56 am

Welcome to the forum!

For chord symbols, use the Chord Tool (icon: CM7).

The fonts that are used for Root and Alteration (= accidental), are document settings:
Document menu > Document Options > Fonts > Chord > …

You can also set a font for chord suffixes, but this setting only affects new suffixes.
Already existing suffixes are not affected.

You can create your own chord suffixes - in the Chord Suffix Editor.

Or you can use ready made suffixes from a library.
Libraries are document specific (not program specific).
To load a library:
File menu > Load Library…
Finale comes with several ready made chord suffix libraries, using different fonts.

Most of the Finale templates (like e. g. the Default Document) already have a chord suffix library loaded.

You can find a suffix for half diminished in most chord suffix libraries, but perhaps not the exact version (= font and characters) you prefer.
I could tell you more if I knew, what font and characters you prefer.
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Re: Using Chord Symbol in Windows

Postby winterdelight » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:29 am

Hi Peter.
I can't seem to find the CM7 icon. I wonder if it's because I am using a trial version?
I don't have a preference for the fonts as long I can get my chord symbols to work. Thanks.

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Re: Using Chord Symbol in Windows

Postby Peter Thomsen » Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:06 am

winterdelight wrote:… I can't seem to find the CM7 icon. I wonder if it's because I am using a trial version? …

I do not think it is because you are using a trial version.

Are you perhaps not using the “full Finale”, but rather the “baby version” Finale NotePad?

NotePad does not have Finale’s Chord Tool.
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Re: Using Chord Symbol in Windows

Postby winterdelight » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:20 pm

Hi Peter,
Indeed I am on Finale notepad. No wonder I can’t find the chord tool. Thank you!

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