You are right: I was talking about system margins. I have changed the post above.
It would be helpful if Ray could post an image to show what the problem is. His use of the word page in his post seems a little vague considering what he describes following. (Not that that excuses my own error.)
I did try what you describe for "you only know that Page 2 is formatted...." and I don't understand what you mean by ""click on a system" nor do I see how to "redefine all pages" under page format for score. Sorry, can you help more?
Thank you for the image. You will need to work with the Percent (Resize) Tool.
Without selecting anything, right-click on a measure on a page that has the size you want. You will have a choice to resize the page, the system or the staff. You can forget about the Resize Staff option. You will want to select each of the other two choices and copy down the numbers in the resize panels. Here is what they look like, but considering your page size you will probably not want to use my numbers.
Once you have copied down the numbers in each panel, exit those panels and right-click on an unselected measure of the page/system(s) that are the wrong size and fill in the appropriate panel with the values from the corresponding panel in the page that appears as you wish. (I'd start with the Resize Page panel, since I think that is what has been affected, but it could be that your systems on that page are the problem.)
I did try what you describe for "you only know that Page 3 is formatted...." and I don't understand what you mean by ""click on a system" nor do I see how to "redefine all pages" under page format for score. Sorry, can you help more?
1) You have to be in the Page Layout Tool.
When you are in the Page layout Tool, Finale displays handles and margins on all systems (and a system number to the left of each system).
My words “click on a system” mean “click inside the system’s margins”.
Finale will highlight the system’s upper left handle, to tell you that the system is selected.
Now you can go to the dialog box Edit System Margins (Page Layout menu > Systems > Edit Margins…)
2) Quoting myself (my first post in this thread):
Then, switch to the Page Layout Tool, and go to
Page Layout menu > Redefine Pages > All Pages of Current Part/Score
thanks you all for that help. I've been arranging for a few months now, but always handed my Finale file over to my mentor to publish for the band; I guess his program was set up differently. Now I've changed the settings for one file will these stay in the program for all subsequent files?