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I have copied music from one document to another (from a score to a part) and I cannot locate some of the expression shapes in the expression selection box. These expressions (which are manually created shapes) are in the copied part, but if I search for them in the expression selection box, they don't appear.

I need to find these shapes in the expression selection box because I want to duplicate them so I can alter them graphically so that each one will be unique.

Mac OS10.12.6

Finale 26

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If the shapes exist in your document they exist in the expression shape box. Make sure you check the different categories.

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Thanks for your response Jeffrey. The problem is, I don't see them in the new document. In the original document they are in the miscellaneous category. But in the part (the document I've copied music to), they don't appear.

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Mark Nerenberg,

 

In your description it is not clear what you are saying.

We need more info.

 

… These expressions (which are manually created shapes) are in the copied part …

… in the part (the document I've copied music to), they don't appear …

 

What does it mean that the expressions “are in the copied part” ?

- Does it mean that the expressions appear in the layout (in Page View)?

- Does it mean that the shapes appear in the Shape Selection?

- Or?

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Mark,

 

Did you look for these shapes in the "All" category? Every expression in that document should be listed in that category. The other possibility I see, sometimes shape expression look very different in the expression selection box. Sometimes just a portion of your shape is visible in the selection box. I'm convinced that the shape expression has to be listed in your file, yet it's doing a great job of hiding from view.

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Thanks for your response Peter, Sorry, I know my description of the problem is somewhat confusing.

I have two Finale documents. Let's say document A and document B. I have copied music from document A to document B and everything appears to have copied correctly (in any view, page view, scroll view, etc.)

But the expressions shapes created in document A do not appear in the expressions selection box in document B, even though they do appear in the score. (On the other hand, all text expressions created in document A do appear in the expression selection box in document B.)

If it makes any difference, document A was created on a Windows machine, then opened on a Mac, and document B was created and opened on a Mac.

I hope that makes sense.

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Thanks for your response as well Jeffrey.

Yes, I tried the 'All' category and none of the shape expressions appear. There are about 20 of them, and they are all missing. I'm wondering if the problem may have something to do with the fact the original document was created on a Windows machine and I'm working on a Mac.

Anyway, I have found a work around. I have created a shape expression library from the original document then loaded it into the new document and all the shape expressions appear now. The problem is that I'm working with over a hundred files and I'd prefer not to have to load this library over and over.

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