Creating or generating an ancestral tree that illustrates the strong connection between your
past and present family across multiple generations is a great adventure but also a big
A manual attempt to create such a long branch-like list of genealogy is no child’s play.
Hence, the development and evolution of the Family Tree Maker have spiced up an
adventurous motivation to put a good family tree.
For every user of the Family Tree Maker, creating your trees with all manner of inserted
data and media files is one thing but managing them consistently to ensure they stay
updated and unique is another. Hence it is essential to critically understand managing your
trees in your Family Tree Maker software program.
Amazingly, a great tool in the software can make this “management of tree” possible. It is
called the Tree Browser. That sounds a little incompatible; how can a browser help you
manage tree files? Shouldn’t it be some file manager or something?
The primary questions seem right until you read this article which unveils the power of the
Tree Browser tool in managing tree files within the Family Tree Maker program.
We have made it easy for you by presenting you with a stepwise guide on utilizing the Tree
Browser in managing Tree files.
Managing Your Trees using Tree Browser Tool
Honestly, utilizing the Tree Browser tool on your Family Tree Maker is not as challenging as
you imagine. But first of all, let’s give you a brief overview of what the Tree Browser tool is
capable of doing:
• With it, you can find, look at and manage every tree you have with simplicity in just a
• Besides, you can ensure that misplaced tree files are easily tracked down no matter
where they are hiding in your computer’s hard disk.
• Tree Browser also allows you to locate lost tree files, even in the most inaccessible
areas of your computer’s hard disc.
Applying the Tree Browser tool for managing trees differs for Windows and Mac.
For Windows or Mac devices
Note: Alternatives terms for Windows are placed in brackets.
• The initial step is to access the Tree Browser by clicking the View icon or clicking
the Select Tree menu, which pops up to the far left of your main toolbar.
Consequently, the Tree Browser window opens up.
• With the appearance of the Tree Browser, you should proceed to select the set of
trees you desire to view just at the left portion of the window. In the list, you will
find the following items: Recent, All Trees, FTM Folder, Ancestry, and TreeVault.
Each item has its specific definition. Every tree you have had to open in the Family Tree
Maker is designated as a Recent item.
For every single tree file that is openable in your Family Tree Maker, they are assigned to All
Trees. Such trees may be categorized into:
• Those belonging to the recent version of the Family Tree Maker;
• Those originating from existing versions of the genealogy tool;
• Those existing as backup files and finally GEDCOM
While the Family Tree Folder stores your trees in the FTM Folder, all your Ancestry trees are
assigned to Ancestry. Finally, the TreeVault assists in revealing where your Family Tree
Maker’s original tree was created.
So back to our stepwise procedure to managing trees by utilizing the Tree Browser, the next
is to utilize the Sort by and Show menus to streamline your search for a specific tree.
Afterward, pick a tree from the catalog to look at its details in the right part of the Tree
The next step involves three options. You can either:
Open the selected tree by clicking Open or open the folder where the chosen file is situated
in the Finder (File Management Window)by clicking Show in Finder (Open File Location) or
erasing the highlighted tree file from the computer by clicking Delete.
For more clarifications, use the Contact us tab to reach out to us directly, and our team will
guide you every step of the way with absolute simplicity.