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 Navigation

Many options are available for navigating through the family tree, mostly centered around the main browse page for a couple.

Parents and Children:  If there are parents or children defined for the current couple, the blocks showing the parent and children names will highlight as the mouse moves over them.  Click to go to the browse page for the parent's or child's family.

Paging through records:  If you arrived here by doing a search, and there was more than 1 record found in the search, there will be << and >> links near the top, below the button bar.  These will page through the found records one at a time.

Recent Menu:  Any recent records you have edited, or found from search results, will add themselves automatically to those that show up under "Recent", with the most recent always at the top.

Searching:  For quick searches based on first or last name, use the search option at the top of the main browsing page.  Each time the page loads, the cursor will automatically be placed in this last name box, so that searching or any of the other options below are just a keystroke away.  There is a "Search" button, but all you really need to do is to tab out after typing the last name, and the search begins.  Note: the text showing in the boxes will clear out when you begin typing.

    Quick Search

More advanced searching can be done from the top of the search results page.

Actions Menu and Short-cut keys:  On the "Actions" menu are all of the choices for navigating to related records, and for performing actions on the current record -- adding and editing related people.  While each of these options works by choosing it from the menu, most are also available with short-cut keys for quick access.  Each of the numbers or symbols shown on the left side of the menu are also accessible as shortcut keys from the "Last" name search box, pictured above.

For example, the \  key will navigate to the husband's parent's record, and the  /  key to the wife's parent's record.  Think of them as arrows pointing to the upper left and the upper right.

Other examples are adding spouses -- to add a new wife to an existing husband, you can use the option from the "Actions" menu, or press "4".  To add a new husband to an existing wife you can use the option from the "Actions" menu, or press "2".

In addition to those shown in the "Actions" menu, the "Last" name search box will also accept Shift+1 through Shift+0 for the children, 1 through 10.  So if you see that you want to go to child #2, pressing Shift+2, or @, will take you to the main record page for the second child.  If there are more than 10 children, then you have to click.

If for any reason the cursor is not in the last name search box, Alt+L will put it there.

Other short-cut keys:  Throughout the system for any button or field that shows an underlined letter, this letter is a short-cut key for that button or field.  In Internet Explorer and FireFox v.1 (and perhaps other browsers), this is Alt+(letter).  (Note: For Firefox users, see this related note.)

Pedigree and Descendant pages:  From the pedigree and descendant trees, clicking a person will take you to their browse page.

Updated: 1-4-2016