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MasterCook 24 Merge

If you have a previous version of MasterCook installed on your computer, you can use the MasterCook Data Toolkit program to merge your personal ingredients (or tips) into MasterCook 24. If you do not have a previous version installed but wish to add your personal ingredients file that you have backed up, follow the instructions at the end of this article.

If you have a previous version of MasterCook installed on your computer with MasterCook 24

  1. Startup MasterCook 24.
  2. Select the Backup button at the top of the program to launch the MasterCook Data Toolkit program.
  3. Close the main MasterCook 24 program.
  4. Use the Merge tab in the MasterCook Data Toolkit program to merge your ingredients as explained below.

The Merge tab is for ingredients and tips only.

If you have edited or added your own ingredients or tips in a previous version of MasterCook, you use this tool to merge them into the new version of MasterCook. If you have a previous version of MasterCook installed on the computer, it will list them on this screen.

If you do not have a previous version of MasterCook installed on your computer, this box will be blank. You can still merge your ingredients and tips from a previous version of MasterCook even if it is not installed on the computer. Those instructions are below.

You can click on the + and - boxes along the left of the screen to expand and collapse sections.

Follow the steps below to merge your files:

    1. Add checkmarks to the boxes of items you wish to merge. It is strongly suggested you do not select all Ingredients and Tips. Do each of them one at a time.
      1. Press the Merge button. Be patient. MasterCook 22 and 24 both contain over 333,000 ingredients, so that is a lot of data that is has to compare which means it can take a long time, such as 30 minutes. Windows my incorrectly tell you the app quit responding. That is false. It remains busy doing the task. Let it complete. Do not allow Windows to stop the task.
    2. If it detects duplicate ingredients, you will see a dialog box to select what to do. Use the Yes to All button if you wish to use the latest ingredient data installed with the program. If you use the No to All button, it will use the older data from your file that you are trying to merge into the new version.
    3. Notice the progress bar displays as the ingredients are being merged.
    4. When the merge tool completes, you will see a Merge complete message.
    5. Press the OK button.
    6. You can close the Merge program by pressing the Exit button or by using the X in the upper right corner of its window.

 

After you are done merging and you close the Merge program, you can launch the main MasterCook program and go to the Cookbooks screen and select Ingredient List from the Tools menu. You can check your ingredients to confirm they merged.

 

 

If you do not have a previous version installed on your computer with MasterCook 24

If you do not have a previous version of MasterCook installed on your computer, but you wish to merge your personal ingredients or tips into MasterCook 24, you can easily do that.

  1. Close MasterCook 24 so it is not running.
  2. Use Windows to right click on your MC Ingredients.ing file in your backup location and select Show more options. Then select Merge Ingredients. See the screenshot examples below. You can do the same with the MasterCook Tips file.

Merging Ingredients

 

 

Merging Tips

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