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Who knew that keyboard shortcuts could be so darn controversial?
I recently got the chance to present a NAV tips and tricks session at the NAVUG Midwest Regional Chapter meeting, and one topic that came up again and again was what keyboard shortcuts were changing in the transition from the classic client to the role-tailored client (RTC).
The first discussion started as a rumor during the social hour the night prior. “Did you hear they’re getting rid of F8?” “No, they can’t get rid of F8!” “What’ll we do without F8?” “Oh my inventory accountant is going to hate that” “Well I heard they’re changing everything.”
Well lucky for us we had quite a few folks there who have already been using the RTC who were able to quite handily put that vicious rumor to rest. F8 is firmly available to copy the field above in the new client, just has it has been in the classic client.
There are quite a few other things that are just simply changing, and I think the changes make a whole lot of sense.
Take F3. F3 has been the constant companion of the NAV user, utilized whenever we needed to designate a new record, a new line, a new document, or a new card. Anything new has been F3. This has been replaced with four new commands in the RTC. Complicated? No, I think that Microsoft has made a concerted effort to simplify by making keyboard shortcuts more consistent with other Microsoft Office products. Even though four new commands are replacing one, I think that Ctrl+N will come quite naturally to someone wanting to create a new record. Ctrl+Insert likewise makes sense for inserting a new line. Ctrl+Shift+C for opening a new card and Ctrl-F2 for creating a new document may be a little taxing, but I’m betting we’ll all get used to it. Frankly, I’m glad to see Microsoft making it easier and more consistent for new users to adopt.
I’m sure I may utter an oath or two when I hit F3 in the RTC and instead of getting a new record, get bumped into a field filter. But I sure will appreciate many of the brand new keyboard shortcuts that support RTC features that we’ve never had before like Alt+Tab to switch among open windows and F5 which now acts as a refresh command, just like it does in other programs.
Check out the link below which goes to a Microsoft .pdf listing out a nice comparative list of keyboard shortcuts between the classic client and the RTC. This will be the first document I give to my end users when we start working on our transition to the RTC. There will always be fear of change, even with small things like keyboard shortcuts.
Encourage folks to look for the consistencies and efficiencies gained with the new ones and remind them; at least they didn’t get rid of F8.
Column layouts in NAV account schedules are what you build to add more flexibility to your financial statements. You can have an unlimited number of column layouts to match together with your already existing row setups. In general, most basic row setups contain general ledger numbers and column layouts contain dates. As an example, when I produce my income statement, I will have one row setup that reflects a summarized income statement and at least four different column layouts that reflect different configurations of month to date, year to date, comparisons against budget, and twelve month trended views.
Just like with row setups, there are many available options in the column layouts. This large variety of options can sometimes be overwhelming to the new account schedule user. I’ll show you which columns to choose in the column layouts for account schedules as a beginning point, and go through some simple explanations of how they are used.
Fields to start with:
Column No. – The column number is completely optional, but highly recommended. This simple element of the column layout will eventually be one of the key features of your account schedule, allowing you to calculate and organize with ease.
Column Header – This is where you’ll define, in words, what you’re showing in each column of your report. Keep it short; there is a 30 character limit.
Column Type: Net Change, Balance at Date, or Formula – There are actually seven options to choose from here, but I recommend that you limit yourself to these three when you’re just getting started. The key here is knowing what type of accounts you’re reporting on. If you’re using income statement accounts (Revenue/Expense), then you need to use net change. If you’re using balance sheet accounts (Assets/Liabilities), then you need to use Balance at Date. Formula allows you to perform calculations in a column.
Ledger Entry Type – This column will allow you to define what type of ledger entries you will show. This is where you can choose actual general ledger entries or budgeted general ledger entries.
Formula – If you’ve chosen Formula as the Column Type, this is where you’ll put the formula.
Comparison Period Formula – This column allows you to define date formulas that are used to calculate the amounts shown. I generally recommend that beginning account schedule users start out using the comparison period formula field instead of the comparison date formula field. The comparison period formula field references the accounting periods set up in the fiscal year, so this option seems the most consistent, and is especially necessary for companies that may not follow a calendar fiscal year. Common data labels used in this field are CP for current period or -1CP for previous period and FY for fiscal year or -1FY for prior year.
Shown below are both the design view and the user view of a column layout for a summarized income statement showing year to date and prior year to date information in the columns to demonstrate the use of these six basic options in an account schedule.
Role Tailored Client
For more information on row setups, please see these posts: Basic row setup options for NAV Account Schedules and Complete row setup options for NAV account schedules.
If you’re just beginning to use account schedules, see Getting started with a new account schedule.
Blogiversary Top 20 (#4) Maximize your Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Classic screen space with user level configuration optionsPosted: April 24, 2013
One of the first things I do when I get a new person started using NAV is to show them how to customize their screens using different NAV options available at the user level. The NAV defaults start us off with white space in weird places, columns we may not necessarily use, and headers we can’t read. These are all possible to fix easily at the user level, and I’ll share my six tricks with you today.
Today we’re just going to cover the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Classic client. The Role Tailored Client, with its updated look and feel, is significantly different and Microsoft has done a great job of addressing many of these small challenges with the new client.
- Change the size of the main navigation pane. You can do this by hovering on the vertical blue separator bar until you get a double-sided arrow, and then move your pane to the left or right.
- Get rid of unwanted menu options. If you’re not using the Jobs or Service Menus, right-click on that item and choose hide. You can always add something back to the menu by right clicking and choosing show.
- Increase your header size. Every screen starts out with the header line as one line tall. This means that you can’t read most of the information in your headers. Hover at the bottom of the blank grey box at the top left of the lines area until you get a double ended arrow, then click and pull down to see more lines within the header.
- Check your row height. Depending on your preference, you might prefer rows taller or shorter than what is the default. Choose any grey separator bar on the left side of the lines area between two rows and move it up for shorter or down for taller. Your adjustment will be equally sized for all rows.
- Change your columns. Make sure to show only the things you need. There are almost always more options available with the default than what you will use in day-to-day transactions. If you have a coworker in a similar role, it may be best to check to see what they use regularly when you’re just getting started. Hide anything you don’t need just by using right-click and hide. Just like with the menu options, you can right-click and show if you want to put something back on your screen.
- Make the glued column smaller. In NAV 2009 Classic, on every screen, one column is always designated as the “glued” column. This column is generally the Description column. You’ll know which one this is when you try to resize it to a smaller size and get the error, “You resized the glued column Description, which then expanded automatically to fill otherwise empty space”. This can get frustrating for new users, because it seems there is not a solution. There are two recommendations that I have to get past this.
- Place your mouse to the right of the glued column separator, and move from right to left until you get a double-headed arrow. Left click, hold, and aggressively move to the left, farther than where you want to end up. This will make your glued column narrower, but only if you have a bunch of columns off to the right already.
- Another way to accomplish this is to add a column that you don’t need to the right and make it really really wide, so that it creates visual white space on the right hand portion of your screen.
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If you are just getting started with account schedules, you need some basic information to get going. This post will show you where to find account schedules in NAV, how to create a new one, and how to name them. We’ll cover both the role-tailored client (RTC) as well as the classic client.
Where can you find them?
If you’re using NAV with the RTC, choose Departments, then General Ledger from the Financial Management menu, then choose the Account Schedules link under the Reports and Analysis and Analysis & Reporting menus.
If you’re using NAV 2009 and prior versions with the classic client, choose Financial Management=>General Ledger=>Analysis & Reporting=>Account Schedules.
How do you create a new account schedule?
In the RTC, creating a new account schedule is made easy with the New button located on the action pane. If you’re a keyboard shortcuts person, you can use Ctrl-N, or if you prefer to use menu options, go to Actions=>New.
In the classic client, use F3 to create a new record for the account schedule, or select New from the Edit menu.
How do you name a new account schedule?
Once you’ve created a new report using the RTC, you’ve got 10 characters available for the Name field, and 80 characters available for the Description field.
The classic client has the same parameters.
Both clients will allow you to use any combination of numbers, letters, or special characters.
Keep in mind, that regardless of whether you are using RTC or the classic client, the names you use for the description field will be the default names used when you print account schedules directly out of NAV.
The perpetual problem of the new NAV user is when you get started in a new area of the application, there are way too many options to choose from. How many times have you opened up a new form, only to find twenty or more columns displayed as the default, and many more lurking behind the show columns menu? While we appreciate having all options for all people at some point, new users can find this especially daunting when trying to just get started with something new.
I’ll show you which columns to choose in the row setup for account schedules as a beginning point, and go through some simple explanations of how they are used.
Fields to start with:
Row No. – The row number is completely optional, but highly recommended. This simple element of the row setup will eventually be one of the key features of your account schedule, allowing you to calculate and organize with ease.
Description – This is the one place you have to communicate, in words, what you’re showing on each line of your report.
Totaling Type: Posting Accounts or Formula – This field tells NAV what you’re going to do here. You’re either going to pull data from your general ledger posting accounts or calculate a formula.
Totaling – Which general ledger accounts you want to pull or what formula you want to calculate.
Row Type: Net Change or Balance at Date – The key here is knowing what type of accounts you’re reporting on. If you’re using income statement accounts (Revenue/Expense), then you need to use net change. If you’re using balance sheet accounts (assets/liabilities), then you need to use Balance at Date.
Shown below are both the design view and the user view of a summarized income statement, showing the use of these five options.
Role Tailored Client
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.