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Legacy is slow

The following suggestions will help improve the speed at which Legacy runs:

  1. Check the space available on your hard drive. When a hard drive becomes full, computer speed will slow down. Use your system's Disk Cleanup utility to remove unnecessary files from your hard drive.
  2. Run your Defrag utility to defragment the files on your hard drive because files fragmentation can slow down your computer.
  3. Thoroughly scan your computer with an updated anti-virus program.  Viruses and worms and seriously degrade your computers performance and speed.
  4. Run File Maintenance > Check/Repair on your family file. Check/Repair will "compact" your family file by recovering space in the database and reducing the file size which will make updates, queries and deletes faster plus free up some space on your hard drive.
  5. On slower computers, the time needed to display individuals in Family and Pedigree View can be speeded up by turning off pictures. If you would like to turn off pictures, click Options on the menu bar, select Customize... on the options menu and click the View tab on the Customize screen. Next in the lower right area of the screen, uncheck the Show Main Picture on Family Pedigree View box and click the Save button.
  6. If you are accessing your pictures or other multimedia files from a CD or Zip drive, etc., consider moving the files to your hard drive for faster response. Click here for details.
  7. You should also check the file sizes of pictures. Extremely large picture file use up more RAM (system memory) and disk space (storage space). Large picture files saved as Bitmaps or "TIFFs" can be edited and saved as "JPEGs" to reduce their size. Click here for details.
  8. If you have an extremely large family file, split it into two or more smaller family files. Click here for details.
  9. If you are running your family file from an external drive, move it to your hard drive for faster response.
  10. Turn off as many other programs running in the background as possible. These will be the programs in the System Tray in the lower right corner of your screen (just to the left of the time).
  11. If your computer does a lot of "disk caching" (which will slow down your program), upgrade your system memory. You should have at least 256 MB or more of RAM.
  12. Upgrade your computer with a faster processor (1 GHz or faster).


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