I am working in a 12/8 time signature and whenever I insert an eighth note, an eighth rest, and another eighth note, Finale automatically extends the beam from the first note to the last, passing over the rest.

I want to deselect this behaviour, keeping at the same time the default beaming of three eighth notes together. So I don't think that changing the time signature would be the right way.

I'm using Finale 2014.5 and also, I know that I could break a beam by pressing the / key, but since I have an Italian keyboard, it doesn't work.

  • Select the Simple Note Entry icon, go to the Simple menu / Simple Entry Options, click Edit Keyboard Shortcuts. If the standard shortcuts don't work on an Italian keyboard, change them to what you want. For a long time Finale didn't even work properly with UK English keyboards, which are different from US English so I'm not surprised it doesn't understand Italian!
    – user19146
    Oct 29, 2016 at 16:43
  • @alephzero makes a great suggestion. Another possibility would be to install a US keyboard, which is pretty straightforward both on a PC and on a Mac. I teach physics, a discipline that uses a lot of Greek letters for variables (θ, μ, α, β, ψ, δ, Δ, ε, φ, γ, Γ, η, κ, λ, π, ρ, σ, τ, ω, Ω...). When writing course materials, I'm switch back and forth between Greek and US keyboards all the time and I find it really easy.
    – jdjazz
    Jun 12, 2017 at 22:08

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I checked Document Options and none of the checkboxes seem to do what you are looking for.

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Therefore, I think your best bet is to break the unwanted beams using the speedy entry tool. To do this, place the speedy entry cursor over the latter or of the two notes that you want to unbeam and use the key command for Break/Join Beams. In my case the key command is /. You can find the key command using the Speedy menu as seen below.

I agree that changing the time signature so that beams are never formed automatically is not the right way to do this. I think it would be more work to beam the groups of three than to break the groups of two.

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As for the problem with an Italian keyboard, assuming macOS, you can use System Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts to override Finale's default key command.

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I have tested this and verified that the keyboard command override works.

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  • On Wiindows, without the paid version, I dont see any of those on the top bar
    – John D
    Jul 11, 2018 at 20:41

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