Delete a Custom Diagram, Fact Set, Plugin, Query, Record Flag, Report, etc

Introduction

Family Historian offers many customisations, most of which can be removed as easily as they are created, but there are some exceptions. The following sections explain how to delete each type of customisation.

WARNING: When customisations are deleted they are removed from EVERY Project. The exceptions are Chart Files and Place, Address, Keyword, etc, entries in Lists.

Before deleting any customisation it is wise to ensure that a backup copy exists in case it needs to be restored.
Customisations can be saved to file by using File > Import/Export > Export and selecting the customisation.
Customisations can later be restored by using File > Import/Export > Import.
Alternatively, use the Backup and Restore Family Historian Settings Plugin.

Note that it is also possible to delete most customisations by deleting its associated file from the Family Historian Program Data Folder whose location depends on the operating system on your computer. Within this folder there are five folders that contain a Custom sub-folder. The customisation files reside within these sub-folders, and deleting any one of them will delete the matching customisation. The two exceptions are Chart Files and Property Box Tabs.

See how to Silence Deletion Sound to mute the sound associated with many deletions.

Delete a Chart File

To delete a Family Historian Chart File use View > Saved Charts, select its name from Chart list, and click the Delete button.

A Chart File can also be deleted by locating it in the \Family Historian Projects\{ProjectName}\{ProjectName}.fh_data\Charts\ folder and deleting the .fhc file.

This second technique is the only one available in FH V3, but the folder path will depend on where you save your Chart Files.

Delete a Diagram Text Scheme

To delete a Custom Diagram Text Scheme, first use View > Standard/Custom Diagrams to display a Diagram that uses the Text Scheme, then use Diagram > Options > Text tab, select its name from Select Text Scheme list, and click the Delete button.

Delete a Diagram Type

To delete a Custom Diagram Type use View > Custom Diagrams > Delete Custom Diagram (at bottom of list), select its name from Custom Diagrams list, and click the Delete button.

Delete a Fact Set

To delete a Custom Fact Set use Tools > Fact Types (or Tools > Work with Fact Sets) and tick the Show Hidden option.

Click the Fact Set column heading to sort into order, then select every Fact Label associated with the desired Fact Set, and finally click the Delete button.

Delete a Plugin

To delete a Plugin use Tools > Plugins, select its name from Plugin list, then if necessary click More», and finally click the Delete button.

Delete a Property Box Tab

To delete a Custom Property Box Tab , first open the appropriate type of Property Box, then use its cog Menu > Customize Data Entry, select its Tab name, and use More Tab Tasks > Delete Tab (or Delete Tab button).

Delete a Query

To delete a Custom Query use View > Custom Queries > Delete Custom Query (at bottom of list), select its name from Custom Queries list, and click the Delete button.

A Query can also be deleted in a Query Window by selecting its Query name, and using the cog Query Menu > Delete Custom Query.

Delete a Record Flag

Sometimes after removing a record Flag from every Individual it still persists in the lists, similar to the Living and Private flags.

So use Tools > Named Lists and Flags, select it from the Record Flag list, click Flag Status and ensure Always include this record flag in flag lists is not ticked, then click OK.

Delete a Report Type

To delete a Custom Report Type use Publish (View) > Custom Reports > Delete Custom Report (at bottom of list), select its name from Custom Reports list, and click the Delete button.

Delete Place, Address, Keyword, etc, from Lists

Many fields have an […] edit button that provides a popup List of values for that field. Such Lists cannot be customised, because they are essentially an index compiled from all similar fields in the Project. To remove an entry from the List requires that value to be deleted from every such field in the Project.

To remove an entry from the following lists, its value must be deleted from every associated field.

List Name Field Name Record Types Comment
Place List Place Individual, Family, Place See Tools > Work with Data > Places
List of Addresses Address Individual, Family, Repository, SubmitterSee Tools > Work with Data > Addresses
Occupation List Occupation Attribute Individual See Tools > Work with Data > Occupations
Religion List Religion Attribute Individual See Tools > Work with Data > Religions
Groups/Caste List Group/Caste AttributeIndividual See Tools > Work with Data > Group/Castes
List of National
or Tribal Origins
National
or Tribal Origin
IndividualSee Tools > Work with Data > National
or Tribal Origins
List of Source TypesType Source See Tools > Work with Data > Source Types
Keywords Keywords Media Can't remove Audio, Document, Picture, Video

Silence Deletion Sound

To mute the sound associated with many deletions, follow these steps:

  • Open the Sound control panel using one of these methods:
    • Use Windows 10 > Start > Settings > System > Sound > Sound control panel
    • In Windows 10 search for and then open Change system sounds control panel
    • In earlier Windows open Control Panel > Sound
  • In the Sound dialogue select the Sounds tab
  • In Program Events select Window > Exclamation and set its Sounds below to (None)

Sounds = Exclamation = (None)