QuickBooks 2024 All-in-One For Dummies
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QuickBooks 2024 makes small-business accounting fast and easy. But your day-to-day business bookkeeping will go even more smoothly if you employ a handful of QuickBooks user interface tricks, editing tricks, and keyboard shortcuts.

User interface tricks for QuickBooks 2024

Here are some techniques that you can use to navigate the QuickBooks 2024 software faster:
  • To move quickly to a specific list-box entry, press the letter. Press the S key to move to the first list entry that begins with the letter s, for example.
  • To select a list-box entry shown within a dialog box and simultaneously choose a suggested command button for the active dialog box (probably the OK button), double-click the entry.
  • To move the insertion point to the beginning of a field, press Home.
  • To move the insertion point to the end of a field, press End.
  • QuickBooks can display a list of open windows in its Open Window list. To display the Open Window list, choose View → Open Window List. To move to a listed window, just click it.
  • To tell QuickBooks to use windows the same way every other program does, choose View → Multiple Windows. Alternatively, to tell QuickBooks to display just the active window, choose View→One Window.

Keyboard shortcuts for QuickBooks 2024

Use the QuickBooks 2024 keyboard shortcuts shown in the following table to make your day-to-day small-business accounting easier and faster.
Press This PC Shortcut QuickBooks Does This
Alt+S Saves a transaction
Alt+N Saves a transaction and goes to a new transaction
Alt+Down Displays drop-down lists
Ctrl+A Displays the Chart of Accounts window
Ctrl+C Copies your selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl+D Deletes check, invoice, transaction, or item from the list
Ctrl+E Edits transaction selected in the register
Ctrl+F Displays the Find window
Ctrl+G Goes to the other side of a transfer transaction
Ctrl+I Displays the Create Invoice window
Ctrl+J Displays the Customer:Job List window
Ctrl+M Memorizes a transaction
Ctrl+N Creates a new <fill in the blank> where <fill in the blank> is whatever is active at the time
Ctrl+P Almost always prints the currently active register, list, or form
Ctrl+Q Creates and displays a QuickReport on the selected transaction
Ctrl+R Displays the Register window
Crtl+T Displays the memorized transaction list
Ctrl+V Pastes the contents of the Clipboard
Ctrl+W Displays the Write Checks window
Ctrl+X Moves your selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl+Z Undoes your last action — usually
Ctrl+Enter Saves the changes
Ctrl+Insert Inserts a line into a list of items or expenses
Ctrl+Delete Deletes the selected line from a list of items or expenses
Esc Closes the active window

Performing common QuickBooks tasks

To perform a common accounting or bookkeeping task in QuickBooks, use these commands. When QuickBooks displays the commands window, you just fill in the boxes and press Enter.
To Do This Choose This QuickBooks Command
Deal with customers
Invoice a customer Customers → Create Invoices
Record a cash sale Customers → Enter Sales Receipts
Issue a credit memo Customers → Create Credit Memo/Refunds
Record a customer payment Customers → Receive Payments
Handle banking activities
Pay a bill with a check Banking → Write Checks
Buy inventory with a check Banking → Write Checks
Move money between bank accounts Banking → Transfer Funds
Deposit money in a bank account Banking → Make Deposits
See a bank account’s transactions Banking → Use Register
Reconcile a bank account Banking → Reconcile
Work with vendors
Prepare a purchase order Vendors → Create Purchase Orders
Record when items are received Vendors → Receive Items or Vendors → Receive Items and Enter Bill
Record an accounts-payable amount Vendors → Enter Bills or Vendors → Enter Bill for Received Items
Manage employees
Prepare employee payroll Employees → Pay Employees
Pay tax deposits Employees → Payroll Taxes and Liabilities → Pay Scheduled Liabilities
Get financial information
Accounts Lists → Chart of Accounts
Customers Customers → Customer Center
Inventory Lists → Item List or Vendors → Inventory Activities → Inventory Center
Vendors Vendors → Vendor Center
Employees Employees → Employee Center
Profit and loss Reports → Company & Financial → Profit & Loss Standard or one of the other profit & loss reports on Company & Financial submenu
Net worth Reports → Company & Financial → Balance Sheet Standard or one of the other balance sheet reports on the Company & Financial submenu
Manage the QuickBooks system
Set up a new company File → New Company
Reset company information Company → Company Information
Back up a data file File → Save Copy or Back Up
Restore a data file File → Open or Restore Company
Customize QuickBooks Edit → Preferences
Adjust accounting data Company → Make Journal Entries

Right-click for common tasks

To perform a common QuickBooks 2024 task related to a window, right-click to display a shortcut menu. In a register, select and right-click a specific transaction; in a list, right-click an item; in a form, display a transaction and right-click a blank area of the form. QuickBooks displays a shortcut menu of common commands for each particular transaction, item, or window. It often displays commands for memorizing or voiding a transaction, for example, or for creating a QuickReport on a transaction. The commands differ based on the type of transaction you select.

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Stephen L. Nelson, MBA, CPA, is a managing member of a CPA firm and has served as an adjunct professor of taxation at Golden Gate University's graduate tax school. He is devoted to helping small business owners manage their finances and has written all previous editions of QuickBooks For Dummies and QuickBooks All-in-One For Dummies.

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