Back in my data entry days, I hated the mouse. Every time I took my hands off the keyboard to use the mouse, it slowed me down.
Since I use a laptop, I usually learn the keyboard shortcuts in most software pretty quickly.
Here is a list of shortcut keys that work in Sage 100 ERP:
- F2 – When in any field with a lookup option, F2 opens the Advanced Lookup Engine (ALE) window for the active field.
- F4 – When in the Advanced Lookup Engine (ALE), F4 changes the context of the ALE lookup from the key to the name. In Payroll, F4 changes the field from the employee number to the Employee Last Name. In Accounts Payable, F4 changes the context from the Vendor Number to the Vendor Name.
- SPACEBAR – This one almost feels like cheating since it’s a Windows shortcut really, but pressing the SPACEBAR toggles any check box or radio button.
- ESC – ESC (or Escape) closes the current window. In a grid, pressing the ESC key cancels a cell entry.
- F1 – Pressing F1 opens up the Help window. In any screen, it opens Help up to a relevant article. For example, if you are in Customer Maintenance, pressing F1 will open Help up to the information on Customer Maintenance.
- F5 – F5 toggles the view in a data entry screen between the primary and secondary grids.
- ALT + [letter] – The same as clicking the button on the screen with the [letter] underlined. For example, Alt + A on most screens will Accept changes to the current record.
- Alt + X – Alt + X is typically ‘next transaction number’ (# button) when doing Invoice Data Entry. (Thanks Rhonda McNamara!)
- ALT + [number] – Moves between the different tabs on the screen. Alt + 1 is the Home tab on most screens. The Lines tab is usually Alt + 2 (AP Invoice Data Entry) or Alt + 3 (Sales Order Entry) depending on the module.
- HOME – HOME moves to the first page in any list box. In a grid, pressing the HOME key moves focus to the first cell in a row.
- TAB – TAB moves the cursor between fields and buttons.
- ENTER – ENTER works like TAB until you land on any button. Once you are on any button, the ENTER key behaves the same as clicking the button.
- CTRL + F9 – How did I forget this one? CTRL + F9 pens the current screen in Customizer for making changes to the current screen.
Windows Standard keys also work most of the time.
Examples of Windows keyboard shortcuts:
- Ctrl + C to copies highlighted text.
- Ctrl + V pastes copied text.
- Shift + [arrow] highlights text.
- Alt + F4 closes the current window.
- There are many more.
Are there other keyboard shortcuts I’m missing? Let me know in the comments, and I will add them.
Thanks to Bradley Gordon for the picture.