UNDERSTANDING PROGRAMS AND COMMAND SCREENS

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Program screens allow you to open or close programs, enter setup records, enter or post transactions, retrieve (find) entries, inquire into entries, and generate reports.  As with the home screen, you can type on the Keyboard or click the mouse to navigate the screens and command the programs.

 

 

Program screens include the following areas:

 

Title bar
Program menu bar
Toolbar
Working area
Hint bar
Activity bar, for screens where you work with entries

 

 

The exact layout of the program screens depends, in part, on the type of accounting procedures it supports:

 

Setup (record) entry
Transaction entry
Reporting
Posting
Inquiry

 

 

Screens that support the same type of procedures have similar layouts.  For example, record entry and transaction entry require similar steps and thus the setup entry and transaction entry screens are similar.  The other factor affecting the layout is the type of data the screen displays, for example, bank data versus vendor data.  Once you’re finished working in a program screen, you use a command screen to finalize your task.