Sunday, August 21, 2011

Keyboard Shortcuts

It is sometimes easier and faster to use keyboard shortcuts than it is to use your mouse, especially if the function you want is not on the Quick Step menu. PCLaw has pre-assigned keyboard shortcuts for the most common functions as listed below:

CTRL + A General Retainer CTRL + N New Matter
CTRL + B Bill CTRL + O Open Matter
CTRL + C Copy selected text to clipboard CTRL + P Pre-Bill
CTRL + D Deposit Slip CTRL + Q Quick Timer
CTRL + E Expense Recovery CTRL + R Receive Payment
CTRL + F Find Window CTRL + S Time Sheet
CTRL + G General-to-General Transfer CTRL + T Trust Receipt
CTRL + H General Cheque CTRL + U New Payable
CTRL + I Firm Receipt CTRL + V Insert text from clipboard
CTRL + J G/L Adjustment CTRL + W Change/Write Off Bill
CTRL + K Trust Cheque CTRL + X (no function)
CTRL + L Client Ledger CTRL + Y Matter Manager
CTRL + M Mortgage Amortization CTRL + Z Trust-to-General Transfer

F1 Help

CTRL + F1 Box Pop Up Help

SHIFT+ F1 Field (Box) Help

If a function that you use often is not on this list, you can add your own user defined shortcuts. Options – Customize – Keyboard – select category i.e. file, reports, data entry, etc. - scroll until you find the function. Once you have found and clicked on the function you want, type the shortcut in the “Press New Shortcut Key”. The program will confirm whether your shortcut is unassigned – if unassigned, click “Assign”. Continue adding shortcuts or “Close”.

Note that on the above list, the default shortcuts are all Ctrl + letter.  You could assign your user defined shortcuts to ALT + letter. I suggest not using Shift + letter, as this can create problems when you just want to capitalize while typing.

As always, I invite your comments and suggestions for future posting topics. Next week – Explanation Codes.