FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Waypointing/Tips on Waypointing

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Ctrl & Shift

Using both the Shift and Control keys as you waypoint can help increase your speed and accuracy. This brief training will explain the functions of each key in the Waypointing process, and how best to use them.

  • Shift: Holding the Shift key down and clicking a second image will select all images between the two. This is helpful when your range of images extends beyond the thumbnails shown on the Thumbnails window. You can click the first image of your range, and then scroll through the window to the opposite end of the range. Once you have reached the end of the image range, hold down the Shift key, and click the final image. All of the images between will now be highlighted. For example, if I wanted to highlight images 1-387, I could click on image 1, then, releasing the mouse button, I could scroll down to image 387 and click it. This would highlight all of the images between image 1 and 387. This is a more reliable method of highlighting a large range of images than dragging with the mouse.
  • Control: Holding the Control key (Ctrl on the keyboard) down and clicking on a second image will select that image without deselecting any others. You can also use the control key to deselect an image, without losing other selections. For example, if I meant to highlight images 1-5, but when I used my mouse to highlight the range, I accidentally highlighted images 1-6. I could then hold down my Ctrl key and click 6, deselecting it while leaving 1-5 highlighted. If I were one short, highlighting 1-4, I could hold Ctrl, and click 5, adding it to the highlighted range of images.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl+O will bring up the list of current projects, opening the same window you get when you click “File” and “Open Project…”
  • Alt will allow you to use your keyboard to enter the menu bar at the top, using the underlined letters in the Menu bar. For example, if I press the Alt key, and then press F, it will open the File menu, and allow me to navigate it using the underlined letters in each File option.
  • Ctrl+L brings up the login window. Please login again if you have left the Waypointing tool open for more than a few minutes without using it.

Filtering the Project List

When the project list comes up, you may begin typing the name of the project to filter the list. The filter is set up for any and all matches, which means if you type in “no” you will see all projects that include the letters “no” anywhere together in the title. The more you type, the fewer projects will appear in the list.

Create all Administrative waypoints first

Creating all Administrative waypoints first will save the time it takes switching back and forth between Administrative and Consolidated Form templates. You can also save time by highlighting all of the Administrative \ images (using the Ctrl key) and then clicking the “New” button once.

Highlighting images using the Summary box

Clicking a line in the Summary box will highlight the images in the Thumbnails window. If you have marked all of the Administrative images, the remaining images will be divided into groups of image ranges that can be used to quickly highlight the range. For example, If image 5-38 have not been waypointed yet, but images 1-4 and 39-40 are Administrative, I could fill out the Consolidated Form and then click the red line in the Summary window that said “5-38 No waypoint.” This would highlight the whole range, eliminating the need to click and drag or use the Shift key to click and scroll. Please note, this only works if there is one Consolidated Form waypoint between Administrative groups.