You will use the browsing screens of LifeLines most of the time. When in these modes you can quickly search for or browse through the persons and families in the database. When you find a person or family you are interested in, you can then edit their records.

The browsing screens also allow you to add new persons and families to the database, add spouses to families, add children to families, swap the order of spouses and children, merge persons and merge families, and perform other operations. The browsing screens also lets you remove spouses from families and remove children from families.

There are six browsing screens. The person and family screens concentrate on a single person and family, respectively. The list screen allows you to browse through a list of persons. The person tandem screen shows two persons at once, and the family tandem screen shows two families at once. The auxiliary screen is used browsing any other type of records (e.g., events, sources, notes). (The auxiliary screen is new with version 3.0.6.)

Beginning with version 3.0.6, each browsing screen has multiple view modes. The view mode affects how the information is displayed on the screen, but does not affect the menu choices available at the bottom of the screen. Menu commands are available on each screen to change amongst the view modes available for that screen.

The person screen has the most view modes. It has normal mode, which shows a summary of the vital records of the person. It (like all other screens) has GEDCOM mode, which shows the actual GEDCOM data of the record, and also expanded GEDCOM mode, which shows the actual GEDCOM data, but augments it with information on each line that contains a cross-reference (GEDCOM xref). It has two pedigree or tree modes, one showing an ancestral tree and one showing a descendant tree. The depth of the pedigree trees shown may be adjusted via menu commands.

The tandem person screen has the same modes as the person screen.

The family screen and tandem family screen alike have normal mode (showing a summary of vitals), GEDCOM mode, and expanded GEDCOM mode.

The auxiliary screen has only GEDCOM mode and expanded GEDCOM mode. (The list screen has no view modes at present).