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Tuesday's Tip - Drag and Drop Photos (Intermediate)

Drag and Drop Photos

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

Drag and Drop Photos (Intermediate)

This article assumes you are comfortable using the Windows File Explorer and basic Windows commands

This is a really short Tuesday's Tip but we get questions about this all the time. There are two drag and drop issues, dragging and dropping from a Windows folder and dragging and dropping from within a Media Gallery to reorder photos. 

You can drag and drop (or copy and paste) a media item from an open Windows folder to an open Media Gallery. The drag and drop is very straightforward but the copy and paste isn't as intuitive.

You will use the normal Windows command (such as right-click > copy or CTRL-C) to copy the media but in the open Media Gallery you will need to right click on an EXISTING photo and then select Paste from Windows Clipboard. Copy and Paste will not work if you don't already have at least one item in the Media Gallery. There is no such restriction when you simply drag and drop. Don't forget that you will still need to edit the photo to add the caption, date, and description. 

There is also a trick when you are reordering photos within a Media Gallery. When you drag a photo you need to drop it on an existing photo to change the order. You do not drop the photo on an empty space. This is what seems to trip users up. This does not swap the two photos but rather it inserts the dragged photo BEFORE the photo you dropped it on. The rest of the photos do not change their order. 

I hope these two little tips will save you some time when you are working with media.


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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When I copy & paste a photo with multiple family members to each persons media page is that photo duplicated in the jpg file that they have originally been copied from?

Michele, I really appreciate your Tuesday Tips. I have saved a collection of them, and even when I have a period when I'm unable to use Legacy, they help keep me in touch. And having Permalinks is very helpful.
My question is:
Is there a way to search for earlier Tuesday Tips, for example by key word, when I'm needing guidance which I vaguely remember you may have addressed in the past?

A photo related question: Is it better to link to a photo on your hard drive or to save it in the Media file of Legacy?

No, each person is being linked to the same photo. There will only be one copy.

From time to time I will post a PDF with hot links of all of the Tuesday's Tips on the Legacy User Group on Facebook. You can join here

If you are not on Facebook you can send me an email and I will send you a current PDF. You can also use the search feature here on the blog. In the right side column under Categories you can choose Tuesday Tip to get a list.

All of your photos and documents should be in a single folder. Subfolders within that main folder is perfectly fine. You do not have to use the default Legacy folder, but if you don't, you need to go to Options > Customize > Locations and in Option 6.2 put the location of your main (top) folder of you will get an annoying message every time you try to link to a photo or document. Notice that this option is (ff) or file specific. That means you can keep the media for different files in different folders and Legacy will be just fine with it as long as you tell Legacy all of this.

I keep mine in the default location (with subfolders) but those people with a deep system of folders and/or long file names will probably want to put a folder right on the C drive ( C:\Media) so that you don't press your luck with the Windows imposed limit on the number of characters in a file path.

Michele, I have several family group photos that I would like to include in my Legacy file.
Dropping a group photo in front of the photo of one of the members of the group doesn't make sense. Even somehow dropping the group photo behind one in the group would be about as bad.

Is there some way to identify a [sub-family] including the people in the group photo and dropping the group photo into that identity?

There are a couple of things you can do. If this is a family group (father, mother, children) you can add it to the marriage of the parents. I would add it as a marriage event so that you can include it in reports.

You can copy the group shot and then in any editing program draw a small arrow to the person in question. Do this for each person and then attach the correct photo to each person. Some people like to circle the person's face but I think it detracts from the photo. I would rather put in a small unobtrusive arrow.

Can I select a photo and then tag the people in the photo, instead of first selecting the person and then locating the photo?

Thank you Michele, I would like to receive a pdf by email of links to Tuesday's Tips.
I do have Facebook, but don't have the patience to look at it 'just in case' there's something of interest.
I tried finding a list via Tuesday's Tips in Categories, but did not succeed.

Send me an email and I will generate a current one for you. [email protected]

That is something you can do via the Picture Center.

I have enough trouble with e-mail let alone Facebook & Twitter.
My original Legacy came with a book I could reference for instructions on including pictures with my people but the new version s have no reference book.
why not?
Staying confused with my family tree.......

[email protected]

The reference book now comes as a PDF file. You can refer to it on your computer or if you would rather have a hard copy, you can take the PDF file to any printer (including places like Office Depot, Office Max, and Staples) and have it printed and bound for a reasonable price.

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