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File Tab on the Ribbon Bar

Below is a description of all the groups and tools on the File tab of the Ribbon Bar:

File Group
New File
Creates a new family file.  You will be prompted for the name for the new file.  By default, the new family file will be placed in the ...\My Documents\Legacy Family Tree\Data folder.  If you want to create it in a different folder or on a different drive, specify your selection.  After entering the name of the file, click Save.  The new empty family file will be created and you start adding people.  See:
How to add the first individual
Information Screen
How to add parents
Parents List
How to add additional parents
How to add a spouse
Spouse List
Marriage List
Marriage Information
How to add marriage information
How to add an additional spouse
How to add a child
Editing Children

Open File
Opens an existing family file.  You are prompted for the file to open.  If the file you want to open is located in a different folder than the one displayed, navigate to the correct drive and folder.  Highlight the desired family file name and click Open.

Close File
Closes the current family file.  If you had more than one file open, the next remaining file is given focus.  If no other files were open, you will have to open another file, create a new file, or exit the program from here.

Save File As
Copies the current family file and gives it a new name.  This option is not a Save option for the current file.  It is for copying your current file to a new family file with a new name, or for copying your family file to a new folder with the same name.

Rename File
Changes the name of the current family file and leaves it open and ready for continued use.

Import/Export Group
GEDCOM File...
Nearly all genealogy programs have an option to export their information into a GEDCOM file.  These files can then be imported into Legacy so that you don't have to retype all that data.  The Import > GEDCOM option prompts you for the name of the GEDCOM file you want to import and then loads all the information from it into a new family file, or if you choose, the current family file.  See Importing a GEDCOM File for more information.

PAF 2.31 or Ancestral Quest 2 File...
Directly imports an older Personal Ancestral File (PAF) version 2.31 or Ancestral Quest 2 database into Legacy.  See Importing a PAF 2.x File for more information.

PAF 3, 4, 5 or Ancestral Quest 3 File...
Directly imports a Personal Ancestral File (PAF) version 3, 4, or 5 database or an Ancestral Quest 3 file into Legacy.  See Importing a PAF 3, 4, or 5 file for more information.

Legacy Family File
Imports all the information from another Legacy Family Tree file into your current file (or a new file).  This is a good way to combine two family files together.  See Importing a Legacy File for more information.

Use Import Wizard to help with any import
Gives you step-by-step instructions on importing a file into a Legacy family file.  The wizard can even search your whole computer to present you with a list of files that can be imported.

GEDCOM File...
Exports the information from your current family file to a GEDCOM file that can be imported into other genealogy programs.  See Exporting GEDCOM Files for more information.

Export to a new Legacy Family File...
Exports all or some of the information in your current family file into a new Legacy family file.  This is a good way to split a large family file into smaller files.  See Exporting a Legacy File for more information.

Other Commands Group
Backup File
Opens the Customize Backup screen where you can choose what you want to include in the backup and where you want to create it.  See Backup a Family File and/or Media Files for more information.

Restore File
Reloads the information stored in a backup file.  See Restore Family File for more information.

Delete File
Deletes the current family file after asking for confirmation.  Deleting a family file removes it from your computer so make sure you really want to remove it before answering Yes...

File Maintenance
Check Repair...
Checks the integrity of the information in your family file.  It also removes all deleted records from the data file.  See Check/Repair Family File for more information.

List Cleanup...
Removes abandoned information, restores original values, and combines duplicate entries in the master lists in Legacy.  See Master Lists Cleanup for more information.

Compact Family File...
Removes the space taken up by records in the family file that are marked as deleted.  This results in a family file that takes up less space.  See Compacting the Family File for more information.

Set Sorting Order...
Rebuilds the list indexes.  The user interface in Legacy is available in several different languages.  Different languages sort their characters in different orders.  When a you change the user-interface language, the sorting order must also be changed.  This requires that the internal database indexes in Legacy be rebuilt.   See Set File Sorting Order for more information.

File Properties
Displays the registered name, the current Legacy version and build number and date, your customer number, the current family file name and location, and many statistics about the family file.  See Family File Information.

Exit Group
Exit Legacy
Closes the any family files you have open and then exits and closes Legacy.  If you are using the reminder option to make a backup of your family file(s) when exiting the program, you will be prompted to do so.  See Backup a Family File.