Legacy Update Now Available - 28 Nov 2005 (

Legacy Tip: Right-Click menus

Right-click menus, also known as shortcut menus or context menus, provide a quick way to select from the available options for a particular task. These floating menus are displayed over a form, independent of any menu or toolbar. The options displayed on the menu depend on where the mouse pointer was when the right mouse button was clicked. Right-click menus are a powerful way to access the many features of Legacy. Here are some examples of right-click menus:

On the Family View:

While on the Family View, right-click on the background between the boxes. A shortcut menu appears with options to Change Color Scheme, Change Family File, Split Screen View, and Close this View. While on the Pedigree View the menu contains the above plus Toggle Display of 4/5 Generations and Zoom Lists.

Right-click on the large rectangle in the Husband box on the Family View. The menu contains Edit (name), Edit Marriage, Add, View, Notes, Pictures, Tag, Delete, and Unlink. All these options are available from one place. You don't have to go searching through all the menus on the menu bar or help screens trying to figure out how to do something.

Right-click on a child name in the child list. The shortcut menu contains Edit (name), Add Brother, Add Sister, Notes, Pictures, Tag, Set to Preferred Child, Children's Settings, View, Delete and Unlink from Parents. 

• Right-click in a Notes field or on highlight text. The shortcut menu contains Undo, Cut, Copy Paste and Delete. (These shortcuts are not available if there is no menu bar where you can click on Edit.)

Many windows have right-click menus (for instance the Picture Gallery). If in doubt, try right-clicking on something! Right-click menus will help you save time and make working in Legacy much easier and more efficient.


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It would be nice if there was a way to download information, such as from Ancestry, directly into our Legacy program, as Family Tree Maker can. I really prefer Legacy, but this is a nice feature they have.

Thanks Marian for the suggestion.

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