Opening a GEDCOM File

Opening a GEDCOM File
Select the Open command from the File menu. If you prefer using the Toolbar or shortcut keys, the ones to use are shown in the menu next to the command. For example, the Ctrl+O key (reads: hold the Ctrl key down and press the letter O) will do the same as the Open command.
The above Window will then appear. If you are just starting Behold for the first time, it should open to the Sample Files folder. If you have used Behold for other files already, it will open up to wherever it was that you last opened a file. In the latter case, try to find the Behold Sample Files directory, and then you'll be able to follow along in this Tutorial.
When you're finished with this page, double click on the Steve McCarthy Legacy.ged file to open it, and go to the next page of the tutorial (Data is Loading)

Sample Files

1. Sample Files
The sample files shown are normally placed in your Public Documents directory under "\Behold\Sample Files". These are files supplied by users of Behold with their permission. They are wonderful examples of genealogy data files produced using two different programs, Legacy and PAF, and contain a wide assortment of genealogy constructs. They are great files to help illustrate what Behold does. Feel free to load them into other genealogy software that you have and compare how you view the data in the other software to how you view the data in Behold.
The location of the Public Documents directory may vary depending on the version of Windows you have. In Windows 8 and 8.1, it is the C:\Users\Public\Documents\Behold\Sample Files directory.
The "Customized McCarthy.bho" file won't be there when you first start Behold. It's a Behold Organize file. You will create it later in this Tutorial.

Filetype Selection

2. Filetype Selection
You can select what files to display in the Open dialog. The dropdown list contains:
Normally, you'll want to select both Behold files and GEDCOM files to be displayed, since these are the files that Behold can open. You may want to select just one of them, or maybe you want to see all files.

These Cute Icons

3. These Cute Icons
These cute icons will be shown in the Open box if you associated Behold with .ged and .bho files in the previous step (Associating Files).