How to Save a Finale File as a PDF

By Kara Page

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.

Step 1

Open Finale, then open your file.

Step 2

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."

Step 3

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.