Wednesday, June 10, 2015

How to Get Rid of the Time Signature at the End of a Bar in Finale

Finale is a professional-level music notation program that lets musicians create a digital version of their handwritten score. The program creates computer-generated sheet music. Finale uses time signatures to determine the number of beats in a measure. This makes it easier for the musician to read the music by breaking up large musical sections into smaller units of time based on the time signature indicated. In some cases, when a composer wants to create a feeling of free time, or when a soloist plays a solo not conducive to a musical time signature, it becomes necessary to remove the time signature.


  1. Open Finale and click on the "Window" menu at the top of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear. Select the "Main Tool Palette" option to make the toolbar appear.
  2. Select the treble clef icon to make the "Staff" menu appear at the top of the screen. In the drop-down menu, select "Edit Staff Attributes."
  3. Find the option in the "Edit Staff Attributes" box that says, "Time Signatures." It is located under the "Items to Display" section of the screen. Uncheck the "Time Signatures" box. Click "OK" and the time signature will disappear.