How to Write and Edit Fingering

“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 (and your students) best navigate your sheet music.

Naturally, you want your navigation to be easy on the eye. And the numbers for your fingers must not interfere with your playing.

To accommodate personal preferences, FORTE comes with a variety of layout options related to fingering. 

Let's have a look at these options step-by-step (and of course, we'll cover Mark's question).



Writing your fingering


You can see the different types of numbers you have at your disposal in the image below. They can be found in the tab “Accents / Techniques” of the input palette.

fingering - input palette

As a rule, the placement of the fingering is opposite to the direction of the note’s stem.
So, if the stem goes up, the fingering is below the note. And if the stem goes down, the fingering is above the note.

Fingersatz - Notenbeispiel

Editing the properties of your fingering

fingering - properties window "appearance"

When you double-click on the fingering on your score, the properties window will open.

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” enables editing of how an 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, simply click on the element. It should now turn red. 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.

Want to find out more about accents and the other elements of the input palette? Read this article.

Looking for more layout tips? Here they are.

You can find more tutorials on our YouTube channel.

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