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Reunion's Find - 26 Mar 2011

Mac Tips
Use CMD Keys - especially the following:

  • CMD S - Save
  • CMD Z - Undo
  • CMD Y - Redo
  • CMD F - Find
  • CMD N - New document
  • Ancient holdovers from 1970s Wordstar
    CMD C - Copy
    CMD V - Paste
    CMD X - Cut and Copy
    CMD A - Select All

Microsoft Excel Tip
Generate continuing sequence - For example: In consecutive vertical descending spreadsheet cells C1 and C2 type "1" then "2" (without the quotes). Now, click/drag the mouse cursor down, so cells C1 and C2 are highlighted and the cursor is at the lower right hand corner of C2. The cursor should change to the plus "+" symbol, meaning it's about to continue the 1, 2, ...... sequence. Continue click/draging down for about 10 total rows and notice that 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10 suddenly appear in cekks C3 through C10. It's like magic! This also works for just about any sequence of numbers/characters that Excel can understand.... Like January, February, .....; June 1, June 2..... etc.

Reunion Tips

Copy Paste to Log or Note entries without formatting

  • To keep from copy/pasting text with formatting (like color, fonts, bold etc) into Logs and Notes, do the following:
    • Select the text you want to copy from a web page, and copy to the clipboard using the Edit Menu or CMD C.
    • Select a Log entry or a Note entry dialog box and press OPTION COMMAND V. It will paste the information without the formatting. Very valuable tool as you don't want formatted text in your Notes because they won't export well.

Reunion FIND Command

Most frequently used by clicking on "Find" in the Menu Bar. We're covering the items that appear in the Find Menu, namely "Anything", Relationship, Relatives, Treetops, Presets, Overview, Home, Back, Forward, ID# and Replace.

FIND Anything - This is the most frequently use selection that displays a Find Anything Dialog box that is very flexible. However you can quickly get to this dialog box another way, by pressing CMD F. The easiest way to learn about this is to click on the "?" question mark. This help selection will tell you everything you want to know about finding things in your database. The easiest way to learn it is to explore all the conditions, four are allowed and the equalifiers that go with them. The results can be sorted by clicking on each column. There can be up to four search parameters. It's very useful to locate people or families who share a common characteristic: Example Kennedy Men, Married in Massachussets - Need to be careful what you type in (Gender should be “Male”, Locations should agree with what you have in the database, e.g. if you use US Postal abbreviations, search for Massachussetts as MA).

Presets these are very useful. Try each one to see what it does.

Find called from other Menu Selections
Find is also called from List Statistics to set up the find criteria for you

Find Relationship - Relationship between two people (also List Relatives). Sets up the find query when you identify two separate people in your Database

Find Relatives: This is the same as List Relatives - Set Source relative - see relationship

Find Treetops - Lists the furthest relative in the line that you have

Find Overview - 5 level pedigree chart with links to siblings. Single Click on a box to reform the chart. Double click to go to the family card - Very NICE!

Find Home Same as clicking on Home Button

Find Back Same as clicking on the Back Button

Find ID If you know the Person ID or the Family ID, you can jump directly to that or person or family's family card.

Find Replace - D A N G E R - This is very flexible and does what it says, but you should make a copy of the FamilyFile before trying this.


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