Preferences Dialog

Preferences Dialog: General

Fields and Buttons

Warn of Possible Errors on Data Entry

If checked (the default), when you enter data in a field and press the Tab key to exit the field, or simply click elsewhere, Family Historian will validate the data entered and warn you if it appears to be invalid, or looks unlikely for whatever reason. Also, if you press F5, Family Historian will warn you if the data may be incorrect. You are recommended to leave this checked.

Display Surnames in Uppercase If checked, Family Historian will use upper case when displaying surnames in the Records Window, in lists, in diagrams, and in reports.
Insert likely surname when adding children or fathers If checked, Family Historian will automatically insert the surname of the father when adding children and will automatically inserting the child's surname when adding a father . This applies to relationships created from the main 'Add' menu, or added on the Focus Window, the Property Box, or the Diagram Window (using Diagram-based Editing). It does not apply to relationships created using low-level editing in the Records Window.
Use 'Circa' for Approximate Dates If enabled, Family Historian will indicate that a date is approximate by prefixing it with 'circa' or 'c.'. If not enabled, Family Historian will indicate that a date is approximate by appending '(approx.)' or '(app)' or '?' after the date. See Date Formats for more details.
Use Quarter Date Display Format A quarter date is a date like "Q1 1978". It means the first 3 months of 1978. "Q2 1978" is the next 3 months (April to June 1978) and so on. You can always enter dates as quarter dates if you wish to. This option determines whether Family Historian will display them in the same format, or use a Date Range instead. If using a Date Range it would display "Q2 1978" as "Between April 1978 and June 1978".
Preferred Standard Date Format Choose dd mmm yyyy if you prefer dates to normally appear day first (e.g. "23 Dec 1987"). Choose mmm dd, yyyy if you prefer dates to appear month first (e.g. "Dec 23, 1987"). This choice only affects date formats where the month is written as a word, such as 'December' or 'Dec'. In some contexts you may want the date to be abbreviated to all-numeric form. See Preferred Short Date Format next for options for this scenario. See Date Formats to learn more about the many ways in which dates can be presented in different contexts.
Preferred Short Date Format In some contexts (diagrams, reports or elsewhere) you may wish to see dates abbreviated to all-numeric form (or 'short date' form).  The Preferred Short Date Format option allows you to choose how you wish dates to appear in such contexts.  For example, the option mm/dd/yyyy would mean that the 23rd of December, 1987, would be abbreviated in all-numeric form as "12/23/1987" - that is, month first, and using a slash character, '/', to separate the month, day and year.  See Date Formats to learn more about the many ways in which dates can be presented in different contexts.
Changeover to Gregorian Calendar

Pope Gregory introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582. England and the American colonies did not switch to using the Gregorian calendar until 1752. This setting will affect how Family Historian calculates days-of-the-week and leap years between 1582 and 1752. It will have no effect on these calculations for years before or after these dates. It does not in any way affect how data is stored in your file.

See The Gregorian Calendar for a brief description of the Gregorian calendar, and the complexities involved in its introduction.

Measurement Units Specify whether you prefer to work in Inches, Centimetres or Millimetres.
To Enter Accents When Typing

The default option is Press-and-hold key. If this option is taken when you press-and-hold a letter key, a small accent popup window will appear, offering you a choice of variations of that letter, with accent characters - making it very easy to select accents. When the popup widow is open, you can select an accent character by clicking on it, by pressing the number associated with it, or by using the arrow keys to select it, and then pressing Enter.  Pressing Escape will close the popup window without selecting anything.  The list of accents displayed for any given letter is configurable via the Configure Language & Accents Dialog (accessible both from the Popup window, or from the toolbar menu at the top of the Property Box). You can choose any combination of accent characters associated with a number of languages, or create your own list of required accents.

Even if Press-and-hold key is the chosen option, you can still temporarily switch off the accent-selection behaviour, by pressing-and-holding the Insert key before you press-and-hold a letter key. If you do this, the default Windows behaviour will be used instead, which is to cause the letter to auto-repeat.

The Press-and-hold key option may not work properly with all keyboards.  If problems are experienced, the alternative option is Press Insert and letter key.  When this option is chosen, you can open the accent popup window by pressing-and-holding the Insert key and then pressing a letter key.

To learn more about the accent popup window, and accent-handling, see the Configure Language & Accents Dialog.

Latitude & Longitude Format Specify your preferred display format for latitude & longitude information.
Colour Scheme The colour scheme specified here is your default colour scheme for the program.  You can override these colours if you wish.  To revert to the default settings for the colour scheme, change the colour scheme, press Apply, and then change it back again, and press Apply again.  You can also create your own colour schemes if you wish.  To do this, set all the colours, everywhere in the program, to the colours you want for your scheme.  Then use the File > Import/Export > Export > Current Colour Scheme command to export the colour scheme as a file.  Then re-import the colour scheme file (use File > Import/Export > Import > Colour Scheme) to create a new colour scheme.
Maximum Undoable Actions The default number of undoable actions (edits, inserts, deletes, etc) is 999, but you can increase this if you wish.
Timeline Facts Opens the Select Timeline Facts Dialog.
Advanced Opens the Advanced Preferences Dialog.