Blogiversary Top 20 (#19) The NAV accountant’s little helper: the reconciliation account check boxPosted: April 3, 2013
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There’s a tiny feature in NAV that I take for granted. It’s there, in the background, hiding in the setup, and it helps me out just a little almost every time I make a manual journal entry. Especially if I’m in a bit of a rush, or distracted, this option gives me one more quick but effective look at what I’m doing before I commit a journal entry to my books permanently. This nifty little thing can be added to your NAV setup at any time without any help from IT and won’t require any maintenance. The option I’m talking about is the Reconciliation Account check box you can find on your general ledger account card. Here’s where you can find it:
Role Tailored Client
For any account where you’d like this additional double check, check the Reconciliation Account box found on the General Ledger Account Card. Now go put together your journal entry.
Instead of posting directly from the entry, choose Actions=>Posting=>Test Report=>Preview (if you’re RTC) or just choose Posting=>Test Report=>Preview (if you’re Classic). NAV will put together a handy dandy print preview which will now include a section at the bottom labeled Reconciliation. This little section will show you which direction your entry is going in, what sign your ending balance will be, and what the actual balance after posting will look like. This all happens before you commit it as final to the system. This may be just the extra bit of help you need in order to keep you from making an error. If you like what you see, post that journal entry!
If you have an account where you’ve got a lot of daily activity, you may not find this as useful as you do with accounts with just a little bit of activity throughout the month because you’ll have a more frequently changing end balance. Decide what might be useful to you.
Next time you do a journal entry, give it a try. Go to the account card and check the box. Make your journal entry. Before you post, run the posting test report. Is the net change in your journal entry going in the right direction? Did you enter the correct account? Is your ending account balance the right sign? Most importantly, is the balance after posting what you expected? This little helper can give you a quick preview before you hit post and save you from having to reverse and correct an entry.