Well, I was gathering the information for a new post today and decided instead to just wish everyone a nice Memorial Day weekend, because sometimes it's just good to take time to reflect and rest.
This will be a very short post about a few shortcuts that are useful in Lists, that I use on a daily basis.
When you are in a list, such as Vendors, Customers, Items, etc.
Ctrl + N (hold down the Ctrl key while pressing N) will get you to a 'New' blank entry screen. This is the same as choosing Add New, or New Vendor/Customer/etc.
Ctrl + E = Edit
Ctrl + D = Delete
Note: For Edit and Delete, you need to first have what you would like to edit or delete highlighted (selected) in whatever list you are working in.
I find these really easy to remember - N=New, E=Edit, D=Delete
That's all for now!
Here is the second installment of keyboard shortcuts that I find most useful and easy to remember, namely Dates. These are easy to learn, and can also cut down on your data entry time, which is good is more ways than one.
Use these when you have just tabbed or advanced into a date field on forms:
Summer Hires - a quick-guide
Below is an excerpt from The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) 2016 Bookkeeping Tips e-letter.
I highly recommend a membership in the AIPB as the best way to stay informed and up-to-date on news and issues that can directly affect your business.
For all summer hires (or hires any time of the year):
· Obtain W-4s from all summer employees, even the owners’ children, students working part-time and foreign students.
· Withhold FITW from all employees, including the owner’s spouse or child, unless a W-4 claims exempt.
· Withhold FICA from all employees, even high school students and those who receive SS benefits.Exception: Those under 18 working for sole-owner parents.
Pay overtime for hours actually worked over 40 hours in the workweek. You are not required to include as hours worked paid time off (holidays, vacation days). Do not substitute paid nonwork hours for work hours to make all hours straight time, thus avoiding overtime pay.
Example: Julia works 12 hours a day the first 4 days of the workweek, but not on the 5th day, a holiday, for which she is paid for 8 hours. She is correctly paid 40 hours’ straight time + 8 hours’ overtime + 8 holiday (nonwork) hours. Julia’s employer cannot substitute the 8 hours’ holiday pay for the 8 hours’ overtime to avoid paying the overtime rate.
Paid holidays and vacations
· Under federal law, paid holidays for part-time and summer help are always optional, but check state laws.
· No paid vacation is required—but if you provide paid vacation, some federal and state laws apply.
· For temps and part-timers, benefits are optional; but if offered, they should be explained in a written benefits plan.
Always check your state’s laws.
So, it has been a very long time since I've posted anything new here. Some people make resolutions at the beginning of a new year, but I think I'll make a resolution here in spring to keep up with this blog a bit more regularly.
I plan to begin sharing the little tidbits of news and helpful tips that occur from time-to-time that I think may be helpful or of interest to QuickBooks customers and Bookkeepers. Please let me know if there is anything you would particularly be interested in seeing here, I always appreciate feedback (good and not-so-good) and new ideas.
This blog is going to brief for now -- sort of a beginning tip of the day, but I consider it an important one....
There are many keyboard shortcuts in QuickBooks, and I highly recommend that you learn them along the way to help your work flow more smoothly and efficiently. I think that once you begin using them regularly, and they become second nature, you will find the benefits well worth the effort. When you are doing data entry especially, it means being able to keep your hands on the keyboard without constantly reaching for the mouse. For now, I will be covering only tips for QuickBooks Desktop PC versions. If you are interested in shortcuts QuickBooks Mac or QuickBooks Online versions, please let me know.
Today I just want to cover a little about moving through the data entry forms, such as Enter Bills, Write Checks, Enter Invoices, etc. Everyone has their own style, and if you feel totally comfortable with yours you may not want to read any further. However, if you are just beginning with QuickBooks, or data entry feels a little clumsy and inefficient to you this bit of information (from experience) may help you.
First, go to Edit - Preferences - General - and be sure the box next to the option 'Pressing Enter moves between fields' is checked. This will enable you to just click the 'Enter' key when you have finished entering data in a field to move to the next data field. (You will still be able to alternatively use the 'Tab' key to move through the fields.)
My first tip in this series, especially in the beginning, is when you are in a data entry form, (such as Enter Bill or Create Invoice, or Write Check, etc.) always begin with the first field (where your cursor is blinking), enter the data in that field and then use 'Enter' to move from field to field entering the data requested in each -- or using 'Enter' to skip and continue to the next field. This way, you will not be as likely to miss changing or entering important data that can cause issues along the way. For instance, some fields contain default data such as dates, due dates, previous entry information, etc. that may not be accurate or correct. Dates are very important in QuickBooks, so a 'default' date left in place of a correct date can have a negative impact on reports and processing.
When you have finished entering data in that form and are ready to enter another, try the first shortcut I'll cover here,which is also one of the most-used 'Ctrl-Enter' (This means hold down the Control key while pressing Enter, which can be accomplished with your right thumb and index finger). This has the same result as clicking on 'Save and New' button, but your hands don't need to leave the keyboard.
So.... try this out for a while if you like. I guarantee that even though it may feel a bit awkward at first, it will become second nature in a short time and will save you a ton of time in the long run!
Thanks, and I look forward to hearing your feedback!
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