Using other font sets with different extended characters

Revised: 6 May 2001

Applicable versions: v5.2 and above

The Generations software uses the extended character sets available in Windows fonts.

These extended characters may be entered by copying and pasting from a font utility such as the Windows "Character Map" program, typically found either in the Accessories menu or in the System Tools submenu under the Accessories menu. There are many other free and shareware programs available for accessing the extended characters in fonts.

{Character Map screenshot}

The Windows "Character Map" utility

A second method of entering the extended characters is to press the ALT key and the 4 digit numeric keycode for the particular extended character. These codes may be found using the Character Map utility mentioned above. There are often tables showing the various codes for the extended characters in the appendices for computer manuals.

{Character and keycode}

The Ö character and the numeric code

There are times when one needs extended characters which are not available in the default Windows font sets used with the North American release of Windows. These other extended characters are usually available in font sets which show which character set they support in the font name. For example, the standard "Times New Roman" font has the North American selection of extended characters. The "Times New Roman CE" font has the Central European selection of extended characters.

If you wish to use a font set with a different set of extended characters, make sure that you select fonts with the SAME set of extended characters (such as the "CE" above) for ALL of the font selections.

Go to the Options menu, select the Fonts option, then change the fonts on the "Family Card" tab (3 font settings), the "Data Entry" tab (1 font settings), the "Sheets" tab (3 font settings), and the "Pedigree" tab (2 font settings).

{Font options}

The Font Options window, with the standard Windows font sets selected.

Finally, remember to change to a compatible font set for reports. Go to the Options menu, select the Reports item, then the RTF options subitem. Set the Font in the upper right of that window. This font selection will be used for both reports saved to an RTF file and for reports sent to your word processor. The latter are first saved to an RTF file and then the name of that file is passed to your word processor, which in turn opens the file.

{Report Options}

The Report Options, RTF window, showing where to set fonts for reports.

Regards, Mike Hobart

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