There are three options that popup when clicking on the username. Though easily missed, the "Settings" menu option is one of the more important options in FamilySearch to periodically review. Many non-"researchers" may not use the "Source Box" options, at least at first. Then of course there is the "Sign Out" option to sign out of FamilySearch.
Clicking on the "Settings" menu will bring up 3 horizontal tabs. These tabs are described as follows:
We'll cover the Source Box on a different webpage. Basically, sources that are attached to an individual, whether from FamilySearch, Ancestry, or others, or sources that you yourself create can be stored in the Source Box for to later attach the sources to other family members.
When clicking on the "Options" menu, a dropdown will appear showing you a legend of the various icons that you can show or not show on your family tree. If your computer is slow, you can turn off the icons you do not wish to see.
For example, loading the portrait photos will take more system resources and potentially slow down the viewing of your family tree. You may decide you don't want to see the marriage dates for the couple, as this can be seen on the Person Page for those individuals.
When clicking on the dropdown mark to the right of the word "Options", you will see a legend of the various icons that you can show or not show on your family tree. If your computer is slow, you can turn off the icons you do not wish to see. For example, loading the portrait photos will take more system resources and potentially slow down the viewing of your family tree.
You can see many of these same icons in different pages with ancestor information that we'll show you later.
Print Option: this allows you to print a nicely formatted pedigree chart of that page.
Invert Colors: will make your text white and the background dark. This is also called "dark mode" in many applications and for some may reduce eye strain.
The main menu option from left to right are described below:
The sub-menus, just below the main menu row, are "context sensitive" meaning that the menu options change based on whatever main menu tab has been selected. The screenshots for each of the sub-menus are shown below as an example of this.
You probably noted that there is no screenshot for submenu options for the Main Menu Activities tab selection. This is because the selected sub-link options go directly to the different activities pages.
The symbols to the right can help with navigation, though in my experience, I just don't use these. Moving around the tree by just clicking and holding the mouse on the tree background to move the tree around works well for most. There may however be times that you might want to consider using the icons.
There are three icons noted in this group. The first icon with a question mark inside a circle is the "Help Menu". The second icon is the messaging system which allows you to communicate with others that are working on your ancestry lines. The "bell" is the notifications icon. These 3 items are further described below:
The "focus person" is that person centered in your pedigree that has ancestral lines flowing to the right, and the descendancy lines flowing to the left.
Perhaps you noticed by now that if you click on the person name links, a "Summary Card" pops up showing information such as birth & death information, sources, memories, and any collaboration discussions. You can access their pedigree by clicking the "Tree" link at the bottom, or their Person Page by click on the "Person" link. Clicking on their blue name will also take you to their Person Page.