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Tuesday's Tip - Internal Hyperlinks (Intermediate)

Internal Hyperlinks

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

Internal Hyperlinks (Intermediate)

Let's say you have an electronic file folder full of documents for one of your ancestors but you don't want to have to manually link to all of those documents in the person'a Media Gallery. You can create an internal hyperlink to the folder itself which will then open up showing what all you have. 

When I submitted my DAR application for Reuben Radford I had several individual documents as well as a zip file of images. I can link to the FOLDER that contains these documents and images instead of doing it one file at a time.

Open the person's Media Gallery and select Add Media > Internet Website

Add Media > Internet Website
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Instead of typing in a Website URL, I am going to add the file path to the folder

File Path
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After you click OK you will now have this

Media Gallery
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Now double click the URL icon and you will see a list of documents inside of that file folder. All of these are hot links that will open the documents.

File Directory
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I even have a shortcut way for you to capture the entire file path to the folder without having to type it. Navigate to the folder in Windows:

Windows Explorer
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Notice that the file path to the folder is now condensed and highlighted. You can use the Windows shortcut to copy this file path and then you can paste it into the URL box in the Media Gallery (CTRL-C, CTRL-V)

Windows Shortcut
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For those computer gurus out there you will notice that this is the exact same thing Legacy does when it generates webpages for you to preview in your browser. That's why you can send a zip file of webpages to a family member or fellow researcher and they will be able to view the files as an interactive "webpage" even though they are not connected to the internet. It is using a system of internal hyperlinks to files that are on your computer.

This is a little Easter Egg that isn't detailed in the Help File. I hope you find it useful.


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

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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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