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Genealogy Pro Charts - Altering Field Styles

 

The style of the chart that can be altered to taste include:


Fields displayed

Clicking the "Chart⇒display fields ..." menu item will result in the window below appearing. A list of fields that are available for display are presented in a list. Click on any field to display that field only. Hold down the command key while clicking on a field to select or deselect that field from the list of multiple fields.

note: Combined fields are also available in the list of fields available for display. This means that it is unusual to have all the fields available selected for display in the one chart. This is because data may appear more than once. As an example, the birth data for a person may appear as the birth data field, the birth - death date combined field, or the name(b-d) combined field.

 

 

Field order

To alter the field order of a chart, make sure that the chart is the front window. Choose the Chart⇒Display Fields ... menu. The window depicted below describes options for the new chart.

  • Click on fields in the main window list to determine which fields will be visible in the chart

  • Click on the "Field Order" button to display/hide the "field order" panel. The order of the currently selected fields may be dragged to change the order on the chart.

 

 


Background colour


Ensure that no fields are selected in the chart. Any selected fields can be deselected by clicking anywhere in the background of the chart. Choose the Colour Pallette by selecting the Format⇒Show Colours menu item. The Colour Pallette may also be selected by clicking "Colors" toolbar item at the top of the window, if the toolbar is visible.

The colour pallette will be in a floating window above the chart as depicted below

 

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Clicking the colour pallette will result in a new background colour. As the chart is updated "live", every click in the palette will result in instantaneous updating of the background colour as depicted below.

 

 

Chart Field widths

The field width is the horizontal length of each field (eg a name) in the chart. To change the field widths,

  • choose the Chart⇒Field Width ... menu to change the field width to set the width to an absolute value

  • press command choose the command + ']' key to increment the field width (by value set in the chart preferences)

  • press command choose the command + '[' key to decrement the field width (by value set in the chart preferences)


An example of a chart with short field widths.


An example of a chart with long field widths.

Line thickness

Line thicknesses are altered by choosing the Format⇒Lines menu. You can set the line thickness to any value desired, depending on the end use. For example, very large lines may be desired for posters for display at family reunion gatherings (see example below), where smaller thickness are more appropriate for a publication.


An example of a chart with very thick line thickness.

Line colour

To change the colour of the chart lines, first select the chart lines by clicking on the line. Choose the 'Colors' icon in the toolbar, or choose the Format⇒Show Colors menu if the toolbar is not visible. Click on a color in the color panel. The chart will display chart lines in the new color.


Selecting the Chart Line


New Line Colour

Font type, size and style

To change the font for any field, first select a field by clicking on one of the fields (eg click on the name of a person to select the 'name' field for that person). You may extend the select to all fields in the chart of that type (eg all 'name' fields) by choosing the Edit⇒FieldName Select All menu (where the 'FieldName' is the name of the field). Choose the 'Fonts' icon in the toolbar, or choose the Format⇒Font menu if the toolbar is not visible. Click on a font in the font panel. The chart will display the field in the new font.

Font colour

To change the font colour for any field, first select a field by clicking on one of the fields (eg click on the name of a person to select the 'name' field for that person). You may extend the select to all fields in the chart of that type (eg all 'name' fields) by choosing the Edit⇒FieldName Select All menu (where the 'FieldName' is the name of the field). Choose the 'Colors' icon in the toolbar, or choose the Format⇒Show Colors menu if the toolbar is not visible. Click on a color in the color panel. The chart will display chart field in the new color.


An example of a chart with custom font and colour for the name field

Optional hiding/display of lineages

Genealogy Pro automatically configures charts with all individuals and families for the number of generations chosen when the chart was created. You may optionally choose to hide selected lineages by clicking on a person and choosing the chart⇒Hide Offspring or Chart⇒Hide Person menu. If a lineage is hidden, you can show it again using the Chart⇒Show Offspring (for pedigree charts, the menu items will be altered to Chart⇒Show Parents).