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  1. I am having problems with the display of Citations in report footnotes or endnotes when the Citation is in a tabular form. Examples of tabular Citations are transcripts of census returns; birth, marriage and death Certificates; and military records. I always transcribe the originals of these items into a tabular form using Word and my own templates. When I create a Source I copy the transcript into the Reminder window so that the information is readily available whenever I cite the Source in a Tag. However, in the Reminder window the items in columns are no longer lined up but only separated by a tab from the entry to the left, and all formatting such as bold headings or italics is lost. To line the columns up I have to insert additional tabs but as the word processing facilities in the Reminder window are extremely elementary to say least I can only do this by copying (Ctrl C) and inserting (Ctrl V) tabs. Other formatting cannot be restored. After reading the User Guide, A Primer for TMG and Getting the Most Out of TMG I appreciate that the recommended method of using the Reminder field in a Source is to enter minimal information such as a reference. However, I think it is important to have all the information from a Source appearing in the Reminder window when a Source is cited. For example (U.K.) Census returns contain information about relationship, age, occupation and birthplace for a family. So a Source for a Census can be cited for: The Census Tag. In this case I would copy all the information in the Reminder window into the Citation Detail window. Unfortunately the columns do not line up and I have to insert or delete tabs to make them do so but at least I have all the relevant information for the Census Tag Location fields, the Memo field and adding Witnesses. Adding a New Person. In this case I would cite the Source in the Birth Tag and copy the information on name, relationship (to the Principals), age and birthplace for that person from the reminder window to the Citation Detail window. It may need a little editing to make a sentence but once again all the relevant information is available from the Reminder window. Occupation Tag. In this case I would cite the Source in and copy the information about the occupation for a person. So now in the case of the Census Tag I have nicely formatted Citation Detail, BUT, when I generate a report for printing or as a *pdf the tabs are converted to spaces and the carriage returns to vertical bars which makes any data presented in tabular form virtually impossible to read. For example an entry in the Citation Detail window arranged in columns: appears in the endnote of a report as: 1841 England Census for Pill, Easton-in-Gordano, Somerset, “| County: Somerset Registration District: Bedminster Civil Parish: St George or Easton in Gordano| Address: Myrtle Hill, Pill, Somerset| Id Names Age Trade or Employment Born in County?| 630 Charlotte Adams 46 Charwoman Yes|632 James Adams 18 Sailor Yes| 633 William Adams 15 Mason’s labourer Yes|634 Charlotte Adams 12 Yes|253 Benjamin Adams 9 Agricultural labourer Yes| 635 Martha Adams 6 Yes” which is virtually impossible to make sense of. However, if I generate the report as a Word document the data appears in columns albeit not lined up which means further editing. (Incidentally SecondSite also produces an output in columns but not lined up.) I have tried copying a tabulated transcript into the Source Comments field and adding [MEMO] to the Source Template. However, the results are the same - tabs are converted to spaces and the carriage returns to vertical bars. I must say that I was hoping that the word processing abilities of the Reminder window in Sources would be improved when TMG was upgraded from Vs 7 to Vs 8. Does anyone know whether there is an improvement in the pipeline? But my real questions are about tabs and carriage returns. Is it possible to maintain the line-up of columns when copying from the Reminder window in a Source to the Citation Detail window in a Tab? Is it possible to maintain the line-up of columns between the Citation Detail window and an end note in a report generated for Word? Why are tabs converted to spaces and carriage returns to vertical bars in an endnote generated for printing or a *.pdf document? Can a ‘normal’ column format be gererated? Sorry for the rather long explanation but I hope it's clear. I would be grateful for any help.
  2. Opening Exhibit Folders

    Thank you for the advice. It works and it's very quick - I wish I'd thought of it myself!
  3. I have well over a 1,000 exhibits which are arranged in a hierarchal folder structure to provide easy access. Typically an exhibit is attached to a Source and at least one Tag. It could also be attached to a Citation. Under XP and Vista I found that when attaching exhibits TMG always reverted to the root Exhibit Folder specified in Preferences – unlike most applications which open in the last used folder. I found that having to ‘drill down’ several layers when attaching an exhibit to more than one item a nuisance (to say the least) but accepted it as a part of TMG. It is also helpful to open in the last used folder when attaching a series of similar items, e.g. several Baptismal Register entries for the same Surname but belonging to different people. Imagine my delight when I upgraded my operating system to Windows 7 Ultimate and found that exhibit folders opened in the last used folder. However, after a computer crash caused by a power supply failure I found that TMG had reverted to opening exhibits in the root Exhibit Folder. I have tried to get back to my preferred system of ‘last used folder’ (including consulting Windows 7 Help files) without success. Can anyone tell me how I can get back to opening exhibit folders in the ‘last used folder’?
  4. Customised Place Styles

    Once again thank you for your help. Personally I have renamed the [L10] sub-field 'Denomination' in my Certificate Place Style and use a sentence structure in my Baptism, Marriage, Burial & Cremation Tags to give a sentence which includes the denomination. In my and my wife's families could be Church of England, Church od Ireland, Roman Catholic or Presbyterian. An example taken from my Baptism Tag is '[PG] was baptised <[D]><[L2], [L3],>< into the [L10]> <by [M1]>. <[M2]>' to give a sentence 'Albert Nathaniel James was baptised on 12 Feb 1896 in Christ Church, St Marylebone, into the Church of England by the Rev. H. W. Waycock. As his parents names are recorded in the register it is assumed that they were both present. It is surprising to see that Albert was baptised as his parents were married in the Bristol Register Office on 28 Aug 1879.' As none of my Place Styles use the [L7], [L8] of [L9] sub-field I can use any of them for entering a distinguishing 'code'. But then that just demonstrates the versatility of TMG. Jack
  5. Customised Place Styles

    I agree with Shiela. It is very useful to have specific Place styles for different Tags and set it as a default for the Tag, largely because the 'tailored' L* field names make the entering of data more self evident especially when the sentence structure in the Tag has been tailored. I too set my Place styles as default for the associated Tag but this doesn't prevent TMG asking which style is required when the same data is entered in two different styles. I do appreciate that entering something in another L field will stop this happening. Reflecting on this it may only need to be a character such as '-' in an unused field and provided that either the Place style is tailored to exclude unwanted fields or the Tag only uses a sentence structure based on [L*] fields as opposed to [L] my particular problem may be solved. I have just tried it and it seems to work. I am a great fan of TMG having tried 3 other family history programs before migrating to TMG. In particular I like its facilities for tailoring Tags both on a universal and individual basis. However, it does have a few quirks such as the one that I opened this topic with but usually there's a work around. Jack
  6. Customised Place Styles

    Thank you. That explains it beautifully.
  7. I have created a number of different Place Styles for use with customised Tags. For example Certificate for entering for entering addresses from Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates; Census for entering addresses from Census records; Residence for entering an address where a person or family lived - usually over a number of years; and so on. Recently TMG has started asking whether I wish to change a place style when I save a Tag, for example from Certificate to Residence. This occurs when the 'L' fields contain the same information for two different Tags which use different place styles. If I answer 'No' the Tag window will not close. If I answer 'Yes' it changes the place style with the result that I end up with a Census address in a Certificate Tag and so on. Is this inherrent in TMG or have I inadvertently changed an option (without knowing it)?
  8. Flags and Accents

    Thank you - I just didn't think of scrolling up as I assumed they would be listed in alphabetical order. All the flags are there. Jack
  9. Flags and Accents

    I have been trying to create a new Accent Definitin using the guidance in the TMG help files and Terry Reigel's excellent book A Primer for TMG. Using his guidance I have generated a Flag to keep track of imported data which has been 'cleaned up' and now want to create a new Accent Definition to mark people who have not yet been 'cleaned up'. However, when I open the drop down list headed Selected Accent Condition no Flags are listed. This applies both to standard Flags and Flags that I have generated. Where have all those Flags gone? I would be grateful for any help Jack