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How to write and edit fingering

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“How can I make the font of the fingering bigger?
At the moment, I cannot read these numbers. Changing the text settings in the layout options didn’t do anything...”

Fingersatz - Notenbeispiel
Mark S. - FORTE User

Fingering is meant to help you (or your students) navigate your sheet music. Naturally, you want your navigation to be easy for the eye. The numbers for your fingers must not interfere with your playing. Whatever feels like “interfering” depends upon on your individual preferences.



Write your fingering.

In order to accommodate your wishes and preferences when it comes to reading ease, FORTE comes with a variety of layouting options for your fingering.
Let's have a look at the options step by step (and of course we'll cover Mark's question!).

These are the different types of numbers you have at your disposal. You will find them in the tab “Accents / Techniques” of the input palette.

fingering - input palette

As a rule, the place of the fingering is opposite the direction of the note’s stem.
If the stem goes up, the fingering is below the note. If the stem goes down, the fingering is above the note.

Fingersatz - Notenbeispiel

Edit the properties of your fingering.

Doubleclick on the fingering. The properties window opens.

fingering - properties window "appearance"

The tab “Appearance” allows you to change the number or symbol. You can also change the place of the element from “below” to “above” the note and vice versa.


The tab “Performance” would allow for editing the ways this element influences the playback of the note. In the case of fingering, this tab is irrelevant.


In the tab “General” you can reposition the element, change its color or hide it completely. Please note: Changing the size value will not affect the symbol here!



Tab: Performance

fingering - properties window "performance"

Tab: General

fingering - properties window "general"

Layout your fingering: Position and size.

While you’re making the final adjustments on your layout, you can also edit the position of the fingering. If you'd like to reposition an element, please click on the element. It should turn red now that it's marked. Press ctrl and keep ctrl pressed while using the arrow keys to reposition the element to the desired place.

Edit the size of your fingering’s numbers here:
Score - Layout - General - Expression - Change



fingering - ribbon
fingering - edit size 1
fingering - edit size 2

Please note:
In this selection, all accents are edited. It might be necessary to adjust some accent’s size manually again. Please open the properties window of the element you want to edit and adjust the percentage value.

Curious to find out more about accents and the other elements of the input palette?
Read our article here.
Looking for layouting tips? Here they are.

More tutorials are available on our youtube channel.

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6 comments

  1. yaakov K - June 26, 2017 Reply

    Quite helpful! Thanks

  2. Bobeeee - June 26, 2017 Reply

    I was just to the point in a new piece with complex fingerings and I get an email from you on almost the same day, keep it coming. I’m Forte’ing older handwritten composition in a day or two. You are AWESOME’

    • FORTE Team - June 28, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for your comment, bobeeee!
      Great we could help 🙂

  3. Jim Walton - July 5, 2017 Reply

    The email to add fingering came at an excellent time for me.
    It is extremely helpful and I am really enjoying using Forte

    • FORTE Team - July 5, 2017 Reply

      Dear Jim,

      thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad that you find our tutorials usefull. Enjoy scoring with FORTE.
      Matthias and the FORTE-Team

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