BKPRINT. Printing Problems with Brother's Keeper.


  1. When I print Group Sheets with Ancestor setting, the sheets are mis-numbered:
  2. How do you produce a descendant Box Chart which is a box chart for an individual family?
  3. How can I get BK to print to a networked HP Laserjet 4?
  4. Can I print an ASCII Register Report directly to disk?
  5. How do I get BK to print `Died at Age' when I have only the year of birth and death?
  6. Why wont WP for Win v.6.0a accept an RTF file produced by BKWin?
  7. RTF files created in BKWin, open in MS Word 7 in the "Letter" page set-up with odd margins. Why?
  8. How do I generate a Register Report in .TXT format suitable for sending as an e-mail? (BK5 DOS)
  9. Once I transfer, via RTF, a Register File indented to WP 6.0B, it prints out double spaced. How do I change this?
  10. In an RTF Register Report opened in WP 6.0B, the names print out like Wilbur JamesJames. Why?
  11. Is there a way to have the BK numbers of individuals print out in the Ancestor charts, rather than the Ahnentafel numbers?
  12. Can I open Brother's Keeper in Microsoft Word and combine ancestor charts etc. with notes from other sources?
  13. How do you send a report to an RTF file?

1: When I print Group Sheets with Ancestor setting, the sheets are mis-numbered: an example of the way the actual pages were numbered: 1, 2, 3, skip, 4, 5, skip, skip, 6, 7, 8, skip, 9.

If the group sheets print a page with no numbers once in a while, set a bottom margin of .8 inches and that should solve it.

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2: How do you produce a descendant Box Chart which is not a long, continuous sheet but a box chart for an individual family?

Check the `Number of Generations' setting near the top of the options box. For immediate family, set that to 2, put in your starting person and voila, a family box chart.

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3: How can I get BK to print to a networked HP Laserjet 4?

Check that BK5 is looking for the HP4 as the default, the printer drivers match your computer configuration and that the COM port is set for the same as the network printer. Also, make sure that in Windows you have set the network printer as the default.

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4: Can I print an ASCII Register Report directly to disk?

No. But you can pick File, Create RTF file, and then load the RTF file into Word or Wordpad and then in that program pick File, Save As and set the file type to ASCII or TEXT ONLY and then save the file as ASCII.

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5: How do I get BK to print `Died at Age' when I have only the year of birth and death?

Do not ask for the group sheet to print ages. If you have complete dates, then go to the Edit screen. If the age there is wrong, then correct the dates (see date types page 63 in the manual.) If the ages are correct on the Edit screen, then ensure there is room for the ages, use a smaller font size or smaller margins on the group sheets.

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6: Why wont WP for Win v.6.0a accept an RTF file produced by BKWin?

In the options dialogue (for the register book, for example) in the tab for RTF options, there are options for RTF files for; MSWord, Word Perfect 6.0, Word Perfect 6.1, Word Perfect 7.0, etc.

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7: RTF files created in BKWin, for some reason open MS Word 7 in the "Letter" page set-up with odd margins, even though my defaults are set up for the more universal A4 page-set-up. How can I correct this?

When importing an RTF file into Word, set the paper size to A4. Then adjust the margins to get more info on one page.

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8: How do I generate a Register Report in .TXT format suitable for sending as an e-mail? (BK5 DOS)

After you select Register report (or Indented), press F9 until you get "Disk w/tabs or RTF" in the lower right corner of the screen. Then when you are offered a selection of 7 ways to "print" your file, select #7, Disk w/tabs. You will get a text file that you can e-mail.

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9: Once I transfer, via RTF, a Register File indented to WP 6.0B, it prints out double spaced. Is there a way to change this to single space. Since the Source is hidden, I can't edit it.

The source in the RTF file is a footnote. If you pick, in WP, from the top menu,View, Reveal Codes, you will see the footnote in the text at the bottom.

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10: Using BK5, DOS version, I transferred with RTF to WP 6.0B, several Register Reports. I have one small problem. When the names print they came out like Wilbur JamesJames. The Wilbur James is bold, and the James following Wilbur James is not bold. How can I eliminate the duplicated second James?

There was a bug in Word Perfect at one time that caused the problem of double names. The second name is from the invisible index that is marked after each name. One version of WP had that bug, but the problem will go away if you make the RTF file and do not ask for a two part index. On the RTF tab in BK ask for the index to have one part names. See if that fixes the problem. In WP if you pick View, Reveal Codes, you can see the invisible names at the bottom.

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11: Is there a way to have the BK numbers of individuals print out in the Ancestor charts, rather than the Ahnentafel numbers?

If you have the Windows version of BK, then go to the ancestor chart and pick a person. It will then display the chart. Then pick Options from the top menu and then the option to show the BK Code numbers. In the version that will be released shortly, you will also be able to set an option to show the REF numbers on the ancestor chart and also the collapsed ancestor chart, e tree and box charts.

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12: Is it possible to open Brother's Keeper in Microsoft Word and then combine ancestor charts etc with notes from other sources?

You can copy a screen image from BK and load it into Word. The ancestor chart can be displayed then press ALT+PrintScreen to copy it to the Clipboard. Then open Word and make a picture box and then pick Edit, Paste to paste the picture into Word.

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13: How do you send a report to an RTF file?

You can send a Register Report, Indented Report, or Ahnentafel Report to an RTF file. From the report options screen menu, choose "file", "create RTF file".

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Last updated September 1997

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