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Two aspects of the same problem...

I have no trouble setting the tempo at the beginning so that it (a) shows on the score and (b) plays back at the desired speed.

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I want to change the tempo for the last section, so that it (a) shows on the score and (b) plays back at the new desired speed.

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Sometimes I have set up the tempo at the beginning in the set-up wizard and then find I got it wrong and want to change it, but I am blowed if I can find out how to do that. 

I find the help files confusing and have really struggled with this. Could someone give me a 'for dummies' walk through what to do?

Using Finale 25.5.0.290  on Windows10

 

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Thanks, Mike, though not quite the straightforward answer I was hoping for, but I guess I will learn other things as well on the journey.

Specifically, though, the piece is set at crotchet/quarter note = 184.    I want to slow it to 120.    In the expression tool bar, yes, I see a metronome mark,. and can attach that in the right place, but it's showing the original 184 and I don't see where it offers me the opportunity to put in the new marking. Am I missing something?

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In the expression Selection/Creation/Edit screen there is a Playback Tab that lets you choose a note value and set the Value of the Tempo.

(There are other ways of creating/setting tempo, but this is the simplest one to describe from scratch.)

 

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That nearly works, Adrian. Thank you, BUT then it seems also to change the original tempo, which I certainly don't want!

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Yes. But think I've solved it.   By hitting 'duplicate' on the existing "72 quarter note =184" in expressions, to create a copy, I then edited the copy to the desired speed = 120, effectively two different expression marks, then I get the tempo change I want - and if I wanted to change back I would simply select the original one.   And it works.   My only problem now is it wants to anchor to the first beat of the bar, whereas I want it on the upbeat at the end of the bar.   I suppose I could split the bars, but that makes it a little fussy!

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Thanks Mike and Adrian.   I think I am there. Learning new things every day, no, every hour!   This pandemic does have SOME benefits!

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On those occasions when I did not want a change of tempo at the barline, I went into the expression screen and used Edit Category to change the default starting position for a new tempo.

 

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I learned something, too. Thanks, Adrian!

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There are some pretty amazing secrets to be found in Finale (as well as obvious capabilities I keep forgetting), and I was lucky enough to stumble on this one when (like Matthew) I wanted to change tempo within a measure  (probably having something to do with setting a destination tempo for a rit. or accel.)

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Very true, Adrian. I guess it's partly the difference between people who install the software and systematically go through (and learn?!) all the techniques and tutorials... and others (like me) who start working straight away and learn new tricks only on an 'as needed' basis. 

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It may also have something to do with users (like Mike?) who have been using the software for years and years (decades?)

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>I find the help files confusing and have really struggled with this<

 

Oh yea, you are preaching to the choir (and a few choir directors) on that one.

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And here's another thing... extracting, say, 1st and 2nd flute to appear on a single pdf?   Yes; lots of chatter about linked parts, which I understand about the underlying (very clever!) architecture, but finding an answer to my question?   Is there one?

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You already posted about this separately.

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