Using Presto Music Fonts

In Word Processing Software

After installing PrestoSymbol and PrestoFigures fonts:

  1. Open a word processing program.
  2. Type your paper in your font of choice (figures are based on a traditional serif-type font, such as Times New Roman).
  3. When you get to a symbol or figure you would like to insert, switch to the appropriate font.
  4. Type the keystroke that corresponds to the figure or symbol you would like to insert.
  5. When you are done inserting symbols, switch back to your typing font.

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In Notation Software

In Finale™ software, you can use the fonts in any tool that allows typing. As a student, I found it frustrating that Finale™ did not allow you to place Roman Numerals and figures along with other chord indications, such as lead sheet notation.

  1. Place your lead sheet notation using the chord tool.
  2. Then, switch to the lyric tool.
  3. Go to Lyrics>Edit Lyrics and type in the Roman Numerals, as you would with a word processor.
  4. Click OK, then go to Lyrics>Click Assignment. Assign each "lyric," or Roman numeral and figure to the correct pitch by clicking that pitch.

Video of Use in Notation Software

  • It is important to not have spaces within each assigned "lyric." Finale will consider them to be two lyrics.
  • It is preferable to insert Roman Numerals and figures using the lyric tool. If you choose to use the text tool, when your music shifts due to spacing, etc., the figures will not move also. This results in items in the wrong places.

Reading Documents Cross-Platform

We distribute all the files to all users, so that you can edit and modify documents cross-platform. We do not recommend typing with the MAC fonts on a PC or vice-versa. The keystrokes for extended characters are not the same on different platforms. It is safest to share your work via PDF. All PrestoMusic fonts are embeddable in PDF documents. This section applies to reading and writing word-processing documents, such as .docx or .odt files.

PC users:

  • If you would like to type with PrestoMusic Fonts, install and use the PC-specific files. (PrestoFiguresPC.ttf and PrestoSymbolsPC.ttf)
  • If you are reading a word-processing document containing PrestoMusic Fonts that was created on a MAC, install the MAC-specific fonts to view the symbols correctly. (PrestoFiguresMAC.ttf and PrestoSymbolsMAC.ttf)

MAC users:

  • If you would like to type with PrestoMusic Fonts, install and use the MAC-specific files. (PrestoFiguresMAC.ttf and PrestoSymbolsMAC.ttf)
  • If you are reading a word-processing document containing PrestoMusic Fonts that was created on a PC, install the PC-specific fonts to view the symbols correctly. (PrestoFiguresPC.ttf and PrestoSymbolsPC.ttf)

Other Tips

  • Presto Music Fonts embed into PDF documents. For this reason, PDF is the best way to submit documents using Presto Music Fonts electronically. If you need a free PDF-creation program, click here.