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#95434 Default Browser for Hints?

Posted by gramssearch on 25 September 2019 - 10:42 PM in Discussion

In the WebSearch View itself there is a little checkbox labelled "Use external browser". Using the external browser option disables the ability to bring Web Tags back into RM from ancestry.


Just out of curiosity and since I haven't done it in a very long time, I just now did a Web Search in RM for one of my great grandfathers who never lived anywhere other than Anderson County, Tennessee. My search received 244,455 hits. Just within the first page containing 20 hits were people listed who lived in England, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Canada, and Oklahoma. And of course it gets worse if you go beyond the first 20 hits to any of the other quarter million hits.




Thanks so much -again! I have the "use external browser" box checked so am hoping I won't be compromised by the IE11 security breach until I patch. Ha! yes, the websearch hints get really bizarre, don't they? 

all the best

#95432 Default Browser for Hints?

Posted by gramssearch on 25 September 2019 - 09:22 PM in Discussion

You can't change RM's internal built-in browser. What you can do is to tell RM to use an external browser instead, and the external browser will be your Windows default browser which can be Chrome if you wish.


The function of RM's Web Search View is a bit different if you use the internal built-in browser vs. if you you use and external browser. If you use the internal browser, you can import some search results directly back into RM. I you use an external browser, you importing search results into RM is a manual procedure.


I'm just a sample size of one, but I would never use the internal  browser because I want total control over the data that goes into RM. And I don't use RM's Web Search View in any case because I don't like the way its searches are set up. Which is to say, RM sets up a search with all the data it knows about a person and for a site such as ancestry.com it does a ranked search. I find that I get vastly better search results with ancestry if I use exact searches and search with minimal data. Well, that's an over simplification of how I search, but it's the general idea. The trouble with ranked searches is that they figure they ought to give you a million and one hits if maybe only a million would do, even though most of the hits are worthless. The approach I advocate for searches usually result in only a few hits, but nearly all the hits will be useful. So I just don't use RM's Web Search View and the obsolete internal browser is therefore not an issue.




Thanks so much, Jerry! I too don't use the WebSearch function basically for the same reasons as you.  I'm a bit confused with "tell RM to use an external browser." Do you mean make the suggestion to RM or that there's a way to 'tell' RM on my desktop to use an external browser and if so, how do I do that? thanks again

#95429 Default Browser for Hints?

Posted by gramssearch on 25 September 2019 - 08:42 PM in Discussion

I think you're confusing browsers and search engines or services. Bing and Yahoo and Google are search engines and other services which can be accessed by browsers such as Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Safari...


thanks Tom, you're right. I was confusing the 2. Which leaves me with the question about IE11 as a built-in to RM7 and how to change it to Google Chrome. For the time being (until I can patch the security flaw in IE11), I've turned off WebHints, but I still wonder about whether RM7 is making use of IE11 in the background or if I sync with ancestry.com tree... 


ideas? thanks!

#95415 Default Browser for Hints?

Posted by gramssearch on 25 September 2019 - 07:52 AM in Discussion

There is an embedded IE browser component inside of RM. If you use the external browser option in WebSearch it will launch the default browser set on the computer. Viewing WebTags, WebHints and showing on FamilySearch or Ancestry it will also use your default external browser. In the case of Mac computers some features will launch a CrossOver browser which typically doesn't work,  it's an issue with having the wrapper. 


Thanks so much, Renee. I think that I have it set correctly now. Odd that I didn't see IE11 as an option in the Manage Search Providers drop down, but I did uncheck Bing and Yahoo... the others appear to be websites and not browsers. I hope it automatically saves my preference as I didn't see a "save" button on the screen.

thanks again!


#95413 Default Browser for Hints?

Posted by gramssearch on 25 September 2019 - 07:26 AM in Discussion

What is the default browser RM7 uses? With the recent exploit of IE11, and seeing that sometimes, my computer cleaning app has tons of RM hint files to clear that used IE11, I'm concerned. Is there a way to make sure that Google Chrome is my default browser when using RM7? Thanks!

#93525 Custom Reports

Posted by gramssearch on 11 April 2019 - 09:24 AM in Discussion

You can create a group using the filter "Genetic lines of highlighted person" then use it in your report. 


If you want the direct female ancestors select: Mitochondrial DNA Line (mitDNA) and Ancestors of highlighted person


Thanks so much, but X matches are different than mitochondrial. X matches contain direct females from both paternal and maternal.  btw- The video was great and I was able to produce the mitochondrial list. 

#93524 Custom Reports

Posted by gramssearch on 11 April 2019 - 09:13 AM in Discussion


I don't think RM can produce this report. You might want to check out Charting Companion from Progeny Software, I believe that would produce the chart you're after.


thanks, I'm familiar with this program, but would rather not pay the $ for it.

#93521 Custom Reports

Posted by gramssearch on 11 April 2019 - 07:11 AM in Discussion

Is there a way to create an X-DNA Match Report? X-DNA comes from the direct female ancestors of both maternal and paternal ancestors. So another way to think of the report would be to list all direct female ancestors of a given person. Thanks! 

#92740 Tree Share Connection Lost

Posted by gramssearch on 31 January 2019 - 12:26 AM in Issues

Did you have RM support test using your login?


Thanks Renee. I didn't know this was possible. But just 'tested' my RM7 and it seems to be working fine today. hmmm... maybe it was just too cold the other day :D

#92733 Tree Share Connection Lost

Posted by gramssearch on 30 January 2019 - 06:42 AM in Issues

HI All, I'm new here so please bear with me. I recently purchased RootsMagic and have tried to login to Ancestry Treeshare but nothing happens, I have been in touch with Ancestry and Rootmagic, both gave me advice on what to do but nothing worked. RM have gone quiet and Ancestry says they have passed it onto the Tech department.


It's getting very frustrating


Any ideas that could help me?


Sorry that your first experience is not going well. The sync between Ancestry and RM had been broken a bit ago, then repaired, and now it's broken again. Fingers crossed that they get it figured out soon!

#92529 Ancestry Not Responding Dialog (windows)

Posted by gramssearch on 18 January 2019 - 02:16 AM in Issues

The "Ancestry is not responding" message is due to the Ancestry API being down. Auto login is trying to reconnect in the background. Go to Tools>File Options>WebHint and uncheck Ancestry. This will stop WebHints from trying to login. Don't disconnect your tree, because the connection cannot be restored without a backup.


thanks so much! I was having the same problem with RM7 freezing, and unchecking ancestry.com webhints did the trick.

#92507 Tree Share Connection Lost

Posted by gramssearch on 17 January 2019 - 08:07 AM in Issues

so glad that RM tech is working to fix this! Thanks!