The Miscellaneous Utilties started out as a single function to show
Full Names of groups and staves on systems other than the first system.
After Finale 2011 added this as a built-in feature, the utilites
expanded to include other functions that addressed issues with names
and groups. Starting with version 5.05 of the Patteron Plugins, the
utilities have expanded further to include functions that streamline
page layout and facilitate merging documents. For more on using these
utilites to merge documents, see Strategies for Finale Merging Documents.
Change Lyric Number...
changes the number of a verse, chorus,
or section, preserving all syllable assignments and baseline settings.
Copy Page Layout...
copies page layout from one file to
another or one part of the piece to another.
Copy System Baselines...
copies system baselines for lyrics,
expressions, and/or chords from one file to another or one part of the
piece to another.
Copy System Layout...
replicates a particular staff system
layout from a source system to a range of systems with the same
Delete Hidden V2 Notes deletes hidden notes in Voice 2 of
every layer. The primary use case for it is removing playback notes
that Human Playback sometimes leaves behind. Sequences of V2 notes
launch from a particular note Voice 1. If any such sequence contains a
note that is not hidden or a rest (hidden or not) this utility skips
the entire sequence.
Fill 5-Beat Bars Crumb-Style
implements a notation for 5-beat
note values invented by the American composer George Crumb. These note
values must fill the entire measure.
Force Full Names sets the "Show Full Staff & Group Names"
option in Meaure Attributes for the starting measure of the system you
Group Copy Score To Part copies any groups in the score to
the current linked part in view. It is not available in score view.
Finale creates a multistaff part, it does not add any groups to the
part other than keyboard brackets. This plugin address that
shortcoming. It only copies groups that
are fully contained within staves of the part. Specific scenarios are
replicating the groups for a chorus-piano reduction part or a
multi-staff orchestral string part.
Group Join joins any group that starts in the selected region
to its preceding group,
provided that the preceding group ends in the immediately preceding bar
and spans the same staves. It
is particularly useful for undoing the effects of Group Split. Note
that groups that are
set up by the Score Manager as a multi-staff instrument are not
Group Split splits a group at the beginning of the selected
be split, the group must exactly span the vertically selected staves in
the current view.
The original group is set to end at the measure preceding the selected
region, and a
new group is created that starts with the first measure of the selected
region and continues
through the original final bar of the original group. Note that groups
set up by the Score Manager as a multi-staff instrument are not
Groups Reset deletes all staff groups that start after the first bar and extends any that do start on the first bar to the end of the piece. It may be useful after using Score Merger. (Score Merger can make a mess of groups.)
Move Expressions... Moves expressions from one location to another. This may be useful, e.g.,
when Speedy Entry leaves expressions stranded in the wrong bar or part
of a bar. Move Expressions is often much quicker and more accurate than
dragging the expressions to the right place.
Position Page-Oriented Expressions
implements a scheme for
movement titles and footnotes that appear on the correct pages of both
score and parts.
Reset Abbreviated Group Name Fonts changes the first font of
all abbreviated group names to match the corresponding settings in
Document Options->Fonts. If the name contains font changes after the
first, they are not changed.
Reset Abbreviated Staff Name Fonts changes the first font of all abbreviated staff names to match the corresponding settings in Document Options->Fonts. If the name contains font changes after the first, they are not changed. All names are searched, including those in instrument changes within a staff.
NOTE: Reset Abbreviated Staff Name Fonts may be particularly useful, because (as of Finale 25), neither the Setup Wizard nor the Score Manager honor the default font settings for abbreviated staff names. All abbreviated staff names appear instead with the default font settings for full names. This utility allows them to be corrected with one click.
Reset Full Group Name Fonts changes the first font of all
full group names to match the corresponding settings in Document
Options->Fonts. If the name contains font changes after the first,
they are not changed.
Reset Full Staff Name Fonts changes the first font of all full staff names to match the corresponding settings in Document Options->Fonts. If the name contains font changes after the first, they are not changed. All names are searched, including those in instrument changes within a staff.
Resize Selected Staves...
Allows you to resize multiple staves at once by selecting the staves
and systems you wish to resize. This avoids the limitation of Finale's
Resize Tool that requires resizing each staff individually.
Set Def. Staff Name Horz. Pos. To
works around a specific bug in versions of Finale before 2014.5. In
those versions, running any plugin on a part would cause the default
horizontal staff name positioning to be trashed for the entire score.
Once trashed, it stays trashed even if you open the file in a later
version. This utility restores the positioning by setting it to match
the horizontal positioning of default group names. Staff names with
manual positioning are not affected.
Staff System Layout: Cache copies the current staff system layout to a cache in memory. It addresses two issues. The first is that Finale adds new instruments to every system on every page, whether you want it to or not. The second is that it is easy to accidentally drag a staff for all systems instead of one, messing up all your work on prior pages. Run this to checkpoint your staff layout before adding instruments or periodically when working on page layout. Then you can use the Restore option to restore your layout to the cached state, which recovers from either scenario. The plugin maintains a separate cache per part or score of each open document.
Staff System Layout: Restore
reverts the system layout for the current window to its cached state.
If there is no cache for the current window, the Restore utility is
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about the operation of the miscellaneous utilities, please feel free to contact me.
All of these options are bundled
in a plugin file named "Force Full Names.bundle" (Mac) or