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Tuesday's Tip - Options: Locations (Beginner)

TT - Options - Locations

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

Options: Locations (Beginner)

Previous articles in this series:
Customize Legacy
Options: General Settings
Options: Data Entry
Options: Data Format
Options: Date Defaults
Options: Dates

The next section in the Customize Legacy menu is Options > Customize > 6> Locations

Option 6.1 Default location of family files (gbl)

Option 6.1
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You can see in this screenshot that I have my files in the default location but you don't have to. You can have your files anywhere you want on your hard drive but you need to tell Legacy where they are using this option. If you have more than one file, keep them in the same folder. If you click the Change button you will be presented with a Windows browse box and you can simply navigate to the correct folder. When you select that folder Legacy will insert the file path automatically into this field. If you click the Reset button it will put the file path back to the default.


Option 6.2 Default location of media files (ff)

Option 6.2
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If you noticed, Option 6.1 is global but Option 6.2 is specific to each family file. It is set up this way so that you can keep all of the media for each family file separate, if you have more than one file. I do have more than one file but I keep all my media together in the default folder. You can Change and Reset this just like you can in Option 6.1.

If you select View Current List of Media Folder will see every folder on your computer that has linked media in it. In this screenshot you can see that I have a lot of subfolders within the default folder. This is a great way to check and see if you have media scattered across your hard drive.  This Master List works just like all of the others so I won't go over the options on this screen. You can also get to this screen by going to View > Master Lists > Media Folder List.

Master Media Folder List
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If you click Test All Media Folders under Option 6.2 you will see this.

Check All Media Locations
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There are three different tasks here.

1) Make a list of all missing media files which will simply generate a text file of your broken links with everything you need to know to be able to fix them.

2) Unlink unreferenced media folders will delete just the broken links. You will NOT be presented with a warning message so be careful that this is what you really want to do.

3) If you choose Unlink all media files you will get a very strongly worded warning message. Once you click Yes there is no turning back. If you change your mind you will have to restore your most recent backup. This only deletes the links, not the media itself.

Warning message
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Option 6.3 Location of temporary files (gbl)

Option 6.3
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There really is no reason to change this from the default but you can if you want to. Legacy uses temporary files that it puts in this folder. When it is finished with them, they are automatically deleted.


This sections was short and sweet. Next time we will be looking at Options: Sources.


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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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Thank you for these post. Some have been good reminders and some have had tips I hadn't known. I do have a questions / suggestion. It would be very helpful to have the "Make a list of all missing media files" treated similar to a search list that you could use the find next.

You can send your suggestion in here

I have been a Legacy Family Tree user since Version3.
I customize heavily one main one for me is "do not change what I enter" one of my main family lines in d'Arcy and NOT D'ARCY of D'arcy.

My favorite customization's:

  • Do not change what I enter
  • Show surnames with slashes
  • Long date (clarity for All date versions WORLD WIDE)<
  • Data Location (on my Linux host)
  • Abt rather than Cir
  • RIN Numbers on screen (I use in media file naming and my filing system)<
  • Large Fonts (bad eyesight)
  • Launching : MY PROBLEM Below!!!
  • Media Location (on Linux host)
  • Remind me it's time for bed at 10pm
  • One customization I wish I had was the launch ANY file without the .exe restriction:

    I am sure that I used to be able to access ANY file to run (similar to an .exe) now I can only run .exe files. Which severely limits my usage in the way I use the program.

    I do not like using Windows OS and I only use one windows program "Legacy Family Tree" and that is it! Explanation as to why takes too long and confusing. But here goes. I use Linux Mint and a free OS that works and does not go and update ALL THE TIME! and if there is an update I am in FULL CONTROL.

    For YEARS I have used VirtualBox to run the Windows OS. Set up my screen half and half the virtualbox running windows with Legacy running, the other half with my browser based on my real linux OS. My data is on my real Linux Desktop (host in vbox terms).

    The problem and I think only in the last few releases is that I can not get an application to trigger to run on my Linux OS via a link from legacy. WHY because it has limited me to ".exe". Linux does not use ".exe" files.

    I keep my virtual box isolated from the net, so using my browser from there is useless.

    I want to be able to use the internet search to trigger my Linux based firefox browser with the search terms within, which would be something like "\\vboxsvr\home\ngh\firefox %u" with no .exe in sight.

    I also write my own shell/python code and would like to get the "internet searches" to trigger my shell code!


    Please send an email to [email protected] and a tech will help you work through this.

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