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Compacting the Family File

The Compact Family File screen is reached by choosing File Maintenance > Compact Family File from the File tab on the Ribbon bar.

File maintenance in Legacy consists of four options:  Check/Repair Family File, Master Lists Cleanup, Compact Family File, and Set File Sorting Order .  You can read about the first two options and the last option by clicking on the links.

Compact Family File  When individuals are deleted from the family file, all references to them are removed but the individual's information still exists in the file.  To remove the information, select this option.  Legacy goes through the file and compresses out all records that are not referenced, making your family file smaller.  

Note:  The settings for the Compact Family File screens are saved in a file called Compact.usr in the [My Documents]\Legacy Family Tree\_AppData\Usr\ folder.

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