How to Save a Finale File as a PDF
Many composers and musicians use the music writing software Finale to compose and arrange their music. Often, a situation might occur where you need to print your score or sheet music, but on a different computer that does not have Finale installed. In that case, you should save your Finale file as a PDF, which you will be able to open and print in the correct format on any computer that has Adobe Reader installed.
Open Finale, then open your file.
Go to "File" and click "Print." Click next to the parts you want to print (i.e. trombone, guitar) if you want to only save those specific parts as a PDF. Click "OK."
Click "PDF" (a dropdown box on the left) and select "Save as PDF." Type in a name for your file, choose a location on your computer, and select "Save."
Tips & Warnings
- Save all of your Finale files as a PDF even if you do not plan on printing, as they will serve as a back up for your music in case the original files are corrupted.