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Using Finale Software: Printing/Saving

Saving your Finale file

The best way to save your Finale file (.mus) is on your own USB drive. Our computers wipe new files daily. If you forget your USB drive, you can also email the file to yourself as an attachment.

Printing at the Music Library

You can send your file to the CCI printer in the Music Library or elsewhere on campus.

Because printers can sometimes change formatting, we recommend that you save your Finale file as a .pdf before printing out a hard copy. After you review the .pdf for formatting, you can save your .pdf to a USB drive to print elsewhere or in the Music Library.


Viewing or printing your Finale file with your personal computer

If you have Finale on your own computer, you should be able to start writing on your program and continue on the Music Library computers, or vice-versa. There may be some compatibility issues with older or newer versions of Finale, however. The Music Library runs Finale 2014.

Another option is Finale Notepad, which is a limited, free version of the software that lets you view, make some edits, and print any Finale file (.mus). You can download it for either Mac or PC by following the link below.

Lastly, there are free music notation programs like MuseScore, which you can use on your own computer. Although the .mus file format is not compatible with MuseScore, you can export MIDI or MusicXML files from Finale that can be imported into MuseScore.

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