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Resolving Performance Issues in FTM 2012-2014

Resolving performance issues in Family Tree Maker

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Family Tree Maker is running slowly, how can I fix this?

If Family Tree Maker is running more slowly than expected, here are a few steps you can take to increase the software's performance.

This article discusses the following:

Verify you meet the minimum system requirements

If your computer doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements for Family Tree Maker, the program will not work well. As with all programs, a faster processor, more RAM, and more free disk space will enhance performance. Below you can find the minimum system requirements for Family Tree Maker 2012:

Operating System Microsoft Windows® Vista™ / Windows ® 7
Processor 500 MHz Intel Pentium® II (or equivalent)
Hard Disk 460 MB for installation
Memory 512 MB of RAM
CD-ROM Drive 2x CD-ROM (required for installation)
Monitor 800 x 600 resolution

Below are the minimum system requirements for the Family Tree Maker 2014:

Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) / Windows 8
Processor 500 MHz Intel Pentium II (or equivalent)
Hard Disk 675 MB for installation
Memory 1 GB
CD-ROM Drive DVD Drive (required for installation)
Monitor 1024 x 768 resolution

Compact your file

Family Tree Maker's Compact File tool will re-index your file, remove unnecessary data, and optimize your tree's performance. Instructions on this process can be found by clicking here.

Merge duplicate individuals or source citations

Merging duplicate individuals or sources can reduce the overall size of your file, make your file more efficient, and often.

Click here for instructions on merging duplicate individuals.

Information about merging duplicate source citations can be found here. Please note, this option is only available in Family Tree Maker 2010-2014.

Disable fastfields

Disabling fastfields in large databases can also speed things up.

To disable Fastfields:

  1. Click the Tools menu and select Options.


  2. In the window that opens, please uncheck all checkboxes under the Use fastfields for section and click OK.


If these suggestions don't seem to help, consider breaking your tree into several smaller, more manageable trees. Instructions for splitting your file can be found clicking here.
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