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Family Tree Maker: How To Edit an Individual Cell

Family Tree Maker: How To Edit an Individual Cell

Whether you just need to fix or edit something that was imported from FamilySearch or via GEDCOM file, or if you'd like to create your full chart manually knowing how to edit the text in an individual cell comes in handy. You can also change the text and background color for each cell. Here's how.

Click the "Chart" icon in the left sidebar.

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Next, click on the cell you'd like to edit in the chart. It will pull up the information currently stored in the cell in the sidebar panel. From here, you can edit the individual's name, birth and death dates (you can choose to just have the years, or enter full Day Month Year dates) by simply editing the text in each field in the sidebar.

Alternatively, you can also edit an individual cell by clicking the "Advanced" tab, followed by the "Individual" tab in the advanced settings. Changing an individual's name and date information works identically to as described above. Additionally, to change either background or text color for an individual cell, just click on the color swatch and either enter a HEX value or use the color picker.

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You can also choose to flip or invert the text (this comes in handy for round charts!).

Changes save automatically.

Ready to get started? Visit to choose your starting template and create your personalized family tree chart!