Interacting with the Branches tree


To see the information in your Branches tree, you can zoom in and out using the wheel in the middle of your mouse. The cursor position is the center of the zoom area. 

The keyboard can also be used to zoom in and out.  Just press the ‘f’ and ‘d’ keys, or for left handers, the ‘j’ and ‘k’ keys.

If using a Magic Mouse, click and hold the upper left portion of the mouse, and ‘drag.’ See Using the Apple Magic Mouse with Branches.

If using the MacBook touch pad, press down on the touch pad with one finger and drag.

To move the tree, hold down the left mouse button and ‘drag’.

Commands that are not valid for the selected item will be grayed out

Alternately, you can access Branches commands by placing the cursor over an item (name, event, note etc.) and clicking the right mouse button, or holding down the control key while left clicking. A context menu of commands will appear.

If using a Magic Mouse, click the upper right portion of the mouse to see the context menus, or click on an item while holding the ‘control‘ key down. 

See Using the Apple Magic Mouse with Branches.

Note: you must enable ‘Secondary click’ before you can right click. This option is found in  System Preferences in the  Mouse section.

If using a touch pad, push down with two fingers to see the context menus.

Additional Branches commands are accessed from the main menu, and the toolbar.

Branches lets you to see which portion of the tree you are viewing as you zoom in and out using the mini-map.

See The Branches mini-map

If you are using a MacBook touch pad, swipe the touch pad vertically using two fingers.

If you are using a Magic Mouse, use one finger to swipe the center of the mouse.

See Using the Apple Magic Mouse with Branches.

Branches commands can be performed using the ‘Actions’ menu on the main menu bar as follows:

  1. 1.Select an item (name, event, etc.) by clicking on it.

  2. 2.The item will be shown in green to indicate it is selected.

  3. 3.Click on the Actions menu, and select the desired command. 

Whenever you start Branches, the first database in the ‘Open Recent’ list under the File menu is opened. If the recent list is empty, Branches will open a small, default database called ‘Relationships.’ The relationships database gives an overview of how Branches displays your information.