Simple Database Program

Dear Computer Lady,

Elizabeth, what kind of program would you suggest that could be used for a names data base?

I do a lot of genealogy and need an inexpensive program. In one of your post and it has been a couple years ago maybe u had some sort of program u said could be used for recipes or names etc. I can not find that post and would order the CD of info if I knew what year it was in.

Here is my situation I have names to enter and would like to be able to enter names and then if I want to find the name have a search engine with the program. I am not to exp. on computer and you had stated it was simple to use.

Thanks, Roberta

Dear Roberta,

You must be referring to one of my favorite programs, Treepad!

When you download the file, save it on your desktop, then you want to run it. You can do that by either clicking on the “Run” button in the “Download Complete” window, or find the file on your desktop and double click on it.  A window will open with a list of the contents that are included in the file you downloaded. At the top of the window, is a link that says, “Extract all files”. Click on that link.

In the extract compressed folders window that opens, keep the first section the way it is already filled out, make sure there is a check mark in front of, “Show extracted files when complete and click on the “Extract” button.

A small window will be displayed while the files are extracted, and then a new window will open with all the files displayed. Find the file named, “Install” and double click on it.

A window will come up that says, “Unknown publisher” That is fine, it just means that it is not a Microsoft program, just click “Allow” in that window.

In the install screen click the “Next” button when prompted until the program is installed. You probably will need to click “Next” about 5 times, and then click on the “Finish” button when the program has been successfully installed.

Close all the zip windows that are still open on the screen.

I have included the directions that I previously wrote for creating a recipe book in Treepad, You can use these directions to create your family tree as well.

Once you have TreePad installed on your system, it is time to put it to work for you.

1. Open the TreePad program using the link in your Programs menu.

2. In the TreePad window, click on “File” in the menu bar, point to “New” and then click on “TreePad database…”

3. In the dialog box that opens, select a location to save your new file (Your documents folder is a good place) and give your file a name. I named mine “Recipe Book” Click the “Save” button.

4. Your TreePad file does not look much different than it did before but there is a folder in the left hand side of the window that says new node. This is the beginning of your recipe tree.

5. Click on “new node”, then click on “Tree” in the menu bar, and click “Edit Node Name”. Type a name for your Recipe book. I’m going to name mine “Boston Family Recipes”

6. Now it is time to create some categories or chapters for your Recipe book. Click on your top node, then click “Tree” in the menu bar, point to “Insert” and click on “Child Node at bottom”

Or just press the Insert button on your keyboard.

7. A new node will appear that is a child of the top node Type a name for the node and repeat for each chapter you want in your book. Some suggestions would be Beverages, Salads, Vegetables, Soups, Breads, Beef, Pork, etc. Make sure you click on the top node before you press the insert key.

8. You can break down the categories even further if you want. Lets say that I want to divide the “Breads” category into “Yeast Breads” and “Quick Breads”. I would repeat steps 6 and 7 but this time I click on the, Breads node before I insert the child node.

9. Now, when you want to enter a recipe, just click on the category node, create a child node like before, type the name of your recipe in the node, then click on the blank page in the right side of the window and type your recipe. You can even paste a picture in the window.

I hope this gets you started with your TreePad Recipe book.


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