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Tuesday's Tip - How to Delete a File (Beginner)

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 Delete a File (Beginner)

If you ever need to delete a file, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. The correct way is to open the file and go to File > Delete File. If you do it this way Legacy will also delete the associated helper files. There are quite a few which will be unnecessary clutter if you don't delete them. You will get a confirmation dialog box to give you the opportunity to change your mind.

File > Delete File
Sometimes we create temporary files for a specific purpose. For example, if you want to create a report or a chart that only includes certain people you can export those people to a temporary file, create your report/chart there, and then delete this file. You might want to send just a portion of your file to a relative who also uses Legacy. When you create temporary files make sure you name them in such a way so that there is no chance you will accidentally delete the wrong file.
If you are not 100% sure of what you are doing, always backup the file before you delete it. If you ever change your mind you will still have the file.

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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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It is obvious when you point it out, isn't it? However I had missed this neat tool and so have deleted quite a few files the wrong way over the years. Consequently there must be a lot of unwanted helper files cluttering up my disk.

Please can you advise how I can find and identify these helper files so I can delete them manually?

Let's say the name of the file was Michele.fdb, if you open the \Documents\Legacy Family Tree\Data folder (or whichever folder has your family file), you will see a lot of files that have the same name but different extensions, for example,


These are the helper files. What's nifty about these is you can delete them anytime you want. Legacy will simply regenerate them when it needs them again. If there is no .fdb file (your family file) then these files are just clutter.

When you are manually deleting files, make sure that you don't accidentally delete an .fdb (family file) unintentionally.

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