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Tuesday's Tip - How to Add Multiple Help Files (Intermediate)

How to Add Multiple Help Files

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

How to Add Multiple Help Files (Intermediate)

We have many users that are bilingual and they flip Legacy back and forth between languages as needed (Options > Select Language). There is an additional feature that our bilingual users might find useful that most users don't know exists. You can add multiple Help Files to Legacy in different languages.

All you have to do is install each language version that you want. You can do this using the free Standard Edition of Legacy or Legacy Deluxe. When you install another language version over what you have, the only thing that will be installed is what is missing which is the Help File.

I normally use the English version but I also installed the German version because I am bilingual. A new icon magically appears on the Help Toolbar. If I click the new icon I will get a dialog box allowing me to chose which language I want to use. I don't have to do this each time, only when I want to switch.

New Language icon
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You can see which languages are available HERE.

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! I know that there will be people that have never switched Legacy from one language to another that will try it out after reading this article. There is one thing that you need to be aware of. If you have customized your event sentences you will lose your custom sentences when you switch. What you need to do is make a backup before you switch, do what you need to do in the other language, switch back, and then restore your backup. 

Warning Message
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If you are bilingual, I would love for you to comment which languages you use with Legacy.


Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.



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I use this already but it would be much easier to handle if the all help files could be downloaded from your site.

I just added this to our suggestion tracker for our developers to take a look at :)

Michele This is news to me. I did know you could speak German. My Mother could but after she married my Dad he did not want her to speak it. And I know a little but not enough to talk it or wright it. I have been trying for years to find my 3 rd Gran father who did not leave Germany. But a few days I found him and his wife on family search.org but I was about to print it and some it disappeared. After 4 years of webinars I wonder who would be the best to help me. I tried a few but many are to high price to help me and I was hoping before my demise being 88 going on 89 with Lung Cancer all most 6 years now And the good father has not let me go who you would recommend. I follow you instruction's all the time since I have been in the Legacy groups Frederick C. Buss. MOMS name is Struben. thanks for this.

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