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Customize - View

The View settings are reached by choosing Customize from the Options tab on the Ribbon bar and then clicking on the View option on the menu panel.   (See Customize Options for a summary of the customization options.)

8.1 Birth and Death Years on Names
Displays the birth-death range at the end of the names of the parents and/or children on the Family View or on the names of the Pedigree View or the names on the Name List.

8.2 Displaying Numbers on Names
Add Number to End of All Names
If you would like to have the record ID number of each individual and marriage appended to the end of each name and marriage displayed on the screen, check the On Family/Pedigree View box.  To have them added to lists, select the On all Name Lists.  This is a good way to verify the identity of an individual.  For example, if you have five John Does, you can further tell them apart by their RIN number.

John Doe-[23]
John Doe-[46]
John Doe-[183]
John Doe-[200]
John Doe-[5824]

Select the type of number after names.  If you are displaying numbers after the names, you can choose from RIN, User ID, AFN (Ancestral File Number), and FamilySearch ID.

8.3 Ancestor Color Coding
If you would like to use the four- or eight-generation color-coding option in Legacy, select this checkbox.  (See Color Coding of Ancestors and Mary Hill Color-Coding System for more information concerning this feature.)  You can also select the four or eight colors to be used by default by clicking the Change Ancestor Colors button.  (See Set Ancestor Colors)  To apply the Ancestor Colors to the current person, click Apply Ancestor Colors.  (See Color Coding of Ancestors)

8.4 Short Location Names on Screens
Uses the short location names (as opposed to the long location names) when displaying place names on the screen.

8.5 Child Columns on Family View
Select a one- two- or three-column display for the child list box on the Family View.  Many families don't have more than five or ten children, so choosing a one- or two-column display gives enough room for the names.  You can also select Best Fit Columns.  See Child Columns for more information.

8.6 User Interface Style
Many of the input controls in Legacy can be displayed looking flat or with a 3-D look.  Choose the style you would like to use.

8.7 Default Family View Labels and Report Wording
Many words and phrases can be customized in Legacy.  These are used to label various information boxes and to create sentences for report output.  To make changes to the default wording, click Edit Default Marriage Wording.  You can also change between Traditional and Gender-Neutral prompts and messages down in option 8.14.  (Also see Same-Sex Relationships for more information.)

8.9 Picture of Main Person
By default, a small thumbnail of the preferred picture is shown on the Family View for both main individuals.  If you have unusually large pictures, this can slow down navigation between generations.  Uncheck the box to turn the pictures off.

By default, all pictures marked as Preferred are displayed as thumbnails.  You can also choose to limit the pictures displayed to:
 Only Tagged Preferred Pictures
 Only Untagged Preferred Pictures

As you add pictures to individuals, they are automatically tagged.  If you don't want a particular picture to be displayed on the Family or Pedigree View, you can untag the picture and then select the Only Tagged Preferred Pictures option.

If there is no individual picture for an individual, you can choose to display another picture associated with the person.  Legacy looks for displayable pictures from the birth, christening, death, burial, and events (in this order).

If no pictures can be found, you have the option to display a place holder silhouette instead.

8.10 Show Status on Family View
You can display the marriage status at the end of the Marriage bar and/or the status of each child (twin, triplet, etc.) at the end of their name in the Child List on the Family View.

8.11 Monitor Potential Problems
Legacy can now tap into its problem checking routines while displaying information in many places throughout the program.  When problems are found, a Problems icon is displayed next to the person on the screen.  Hovering over these icons shows you how many potential problems have been found.  Clicking on the icon displays a list of the problems and how to fix them.  On the Individual Information screen, the problem checking is done for each piece of information as you are entering it.

Select this option to turn on this feature.

8.12 Aunt, Uncle, Niece, Nephew Terms
Although the relationship term pattern says, for example, that your father's father's brother is your GrandUncle (the brother of your GrandFather), it is common in some countries to use the prefix Great instead of Grand when referring to Uncles and Aunts, Nephews and Nieces two or more generations way from the starting person.   You can choose which term you would like to use.
8.13 Perform Background Legacy Hints
Legacy can automatically search several websites for information on the people in your family in the background when you have Legacy open.  These search results are called Hints.  When Legacy finds one or more hints for an individual, it displays a Hint icon next to the person's name in many places within the program.  So, whenever you see the icon associated with a person, you can click it and see a list of everything that was found.
To turn on this feature, put a checkmark on the Show Hint result icons in Legacy option.
To select which hints to look for, click the Select Background Hints button.  This displays the Legacy Hints screen. 

8.14 Prompt Style
Legacy has the option to show prompts in a more gender-neutral style to more accurately show same-sex relationships.  Choose Traditional or Gender-Neutral to choose the style you want to use.   (See Same-Sex Relationships for more information.)
Note: Changing the prompt style changes some of the wording on some of the Ribbon buttons.  This change won't show up until you close Legacy and then restart it.

Saving Your Settings as Future Default Values
You can save the option settings you have selected to be future User-Defaults.  See How Legacy Saves Option Settings for more information.

Changing the Settings Back to Their Default Values
You can change the customize options back to their default settings.  See  How Legacy Saves Option Settings for more information.

For information on the other sections in the Customize area, see:
General Settings
Data Entry and Edit
Data Format
Data Defaults
Other Settings

(See Where to Find an Option for a complete, alphabetized list of each available option and where to find it.)

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