Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.
Tuesday's Tip - Don't Forget about the Legacy Home Tab
There is a lot of great stuff on the Legacy Home tab which you will find all the way to the left when you first open Legacy. It's like your dashboard for news and information.
The first section, Legacy News, gives you hot links to all of our articles. You won't just find Legacy announcements here but also general genealogy articles on things like educational opportunities, methodology and new resources you might be interested in. If you click the words LEGACY NEWS it is a hot link to the Newsletter/Blog itself. There is a SUBMIT NEWS button where you can send in things you think Geoff and Marian might be interested in for the Newsletter/Blog.
Depending on what you have selected in Options > Customize > Launch, when you click on one of the news items either the article will open in the internal browser or an external browser. If you are using Legacy's internal browser then you will be able to use the icons right above the words LEGACY NEWS. The buttons are Home, Back, Forward, Refresh and Close. You can also allow or block popups. If you are using an external browser you will use the controls on that browser window.
The second section shows your To-Do Tasks that are approaching their Reminder Dates and those that are now overdue (ouch!) You can access these specific tasks as well as your entire To-Do List right from here.
The third section are your Birthday, Death and Anniversary Reminders. You can see at a glance what important events are coming up. On each person's Individual Information screen and on their Marriage screen there are check boxes for these reminders. You pick and choose who you want to be on this list. You definitely don't want to forget your mom's birthday.
The fourth section is Statistics. This is a quick peek at your file. If you want to see more detailed information all you have to do is to go FILE > FILE PROPERTIES.
The fifth section is Update. You can see at a glance what build you are using and if there is a new update available. If you are using Legacy Deluxe you can update right from here. If you are using Legacy Standard you will need to download the update from our website.http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp
The last section is Support. If you have a question or a problem this is the first place you want to go. There are links to all of our training and technical support help. You can also send us suggestions for features you would like to see in future versions of Legacy.
There is an OPTIONS button in the upper right corner. When you click it you will see
Check the Internet Now
When you click Options there are two tabs Internet Options and Reminder Options. Under Internet Options most people will have the first option checked but if you have dial-up you will want to select the second option. Reminder Options gives you control over how many days in advanced you want to see To-Do Reminders and Birthday/Death/Anniversary Reminders. The default is 2 weeks. You can also restrict which reminders you see.
Zoom controls your font size for this page. Most of the time you will just leave this on automatic.
Check the Internet Now will refresh the page.
Think of the Legacy Home tab as your Command Center!!
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Michele Simmons Lewis is part of the technical support team at Millennia, the makers of the Legacy Family Tree software program. With over 20 years of research experience, Michele’s passion is helping new genealogists get started on the right foot through her writings, classes and lectures. She is the former staff genealogist and weekly columnist for the McDuffie Mirror and now authors Ancestoring, a blog geared toward the beginner/intermediate researcher.