USAGE: To enquire on the Debtor balances and static information such as the name, balances and notes. To enquire on the transactions pertaining to an individual Debtor. In both cases, information can be displayed on the screen or printed. Information cannot be changed by this option.
DISCUSSION: When you start the enquiry program, the computer will initially ask for a Debtor code. Enter the code and press <Enter>.
To search for an account, press <F9>.
The following pages describe in full the procedure for searching for Debtors. The procedure is similar for other files. If you do not need this detail, skip past the next few pages.
Searching for a Debtor:
When you are asked for a Debtor code, you have several options. Initially, HiFinance will display a blank field:
If you have chosen to answer Y to the question CARRY LAST KEY FROM ONE FUNCTION TO NEXT, in SYSTEM DEFAULTS (see SECTION 6.1.2), the prompt may inform you that if you press <Enter>, HiFinance will automatically recall the last Debtor you accessed. In either case, if you press <F9>, you will be taken to the search screen. If you enter a blank code and you have answered Y to the question AUTO-SEARCH WHEN KEY DOES NOT MATCH, this will have the same effect as pressing <F9>.
The screen will appear as follows:
The search will start at either the beginning of the Debtor file or from any partial code you have entered in the previous screen. Also, you have the choice to either display the master-file in Debtor code or Debtor name order. Normally, you should choose Debtor code because the code is usually an abbreviation of the Debtor’s name. If you have chosen to use a coding system based on, for instance, sequential numbers, or phone numbers, you will probably choose to search by name. The choice is made in SYSTEM DEFAULTS.
You will notice that one line has a horizontal line across it. This is known as the current line. The current line is the one that is displayed in detail at the bottom of the screen.
There are several function keys available in this screen:
<Enter> This will return the Debtor on the current line to the calling program. In DEBTOR ENQUIRIES, this Debtor will then be displayed in full.
<F9> This function is only available if you choose to search in Debtor name order. The purpose of this key is to open up a window that allows you to enter a partial name for the program to start the search from. Enter the new starting point and press <Enter>.
<F10> This has the same function as <Enter>, above.
<ESC> This will abort the search and return you to the Debtor code entry screen.
<CsrUp> This will move the current line up by one. If you are already on the first entry, the computer will beep and the highlight bar will not move.
<CsrDn> This will move the current line down by one. If you are already on the last entry, the computer will beep and the highlight bar will not move.
<PgUp> This will cause the search screen to attempt to move one page up. If you are already at the top of the file, the highlight bar will not move. If you are at the bottom of the screen, the highlight bar will move to the top. If you are anywhere else, the screen will display one page of Debtor records backwards, without moving the highlight bar (unless you have reached the start of the Debtor’s master-file).
<PgDn> This will cause the search screen to attempt to move one page down. If you are already at the end of the file, the highlight bar will not move. If you are at the top of the screen, the highlight bar will move to the bottom. If you are anywhere else, the screen will display one page of Debtor records forwards, without moving the highlight bar (unless you have reached the end of the Debtor’s master-file).
<Home> This will move the highlight bar to the top of the screen and make the first Debtor the current line.
<End> This will move the highlight bar to the bottom of the screen (if there are enough entries to fill the screen) and make the last Debtor the current line.
<A-Z> If you enter a letter (in upper or lower case), the search will move directly to the first Debtor that starts with that letter.
<The Mouse> In search screens, HiFinance allows you to use the mouse to move around the screen. If you click on the current line, this will have the same effect as <F10>. Clicking on any other record will move the highlight bar to that line. Therefore double clicking on a line will choose that line and return it to the ENQUIRY program. If you click outside the main window, the effect will be the same as <CsrUp> or <CsrDn> depending on whether you click above or below the window.
Displaying Debtor Information.
Having entered a valid code, the computer will display the current information pertaining to that Debtor. The information is on several pages. The first page appears as follows:
The top of the screen displays the Debtor code and name. This first page normally displays the outstanding balances for each accounting period in this year and last year. In some installations there are also other columns of information. There is a total for each column at its base.
You will have several options available via the function keys:
<F1> or <CsrLeft> This will cause HiFinance attempt to read the previous record. If there is one, it will be displayed.
<F2> or <CsrRight> This will cause HiFinance attempt to read the next record. If there is one, it will be displayed.
<F3> will print the information currently on the screen. Before printing the computer will ask, START REPORT? To start the report, answer Y. If you do not wish to print, answer N. More information is printed on this report than appears on the screen.
<F4> This overlays a window that displays the note attached to this Debtor. If there is no note, the function key is not active.
<F5> will allow you to display transactions for this account. The screen will highlight the current balance. See below for a full description of this function. If there are Invoices or Credit Notes on file for this Debtor, there are also likely to be Inventory transactions available. If this is the case, when you have chosen a period to display, you will then be given the choice of displaying Debtor transactions or Inventory transactions. This is determined by you pressing <F4> or <F6>, respectively. If you choose <F6>, only Inventory transactions pertaining to the current Debtor will be displayed. This is a quick way of finding out what a customer has bought in the past and is often more efficient than using the INVENTORY TRANSACTION REPORTS function (see SECTION 3.4.9).
<F6> This overlays a window that displays the Delivery Address attached to this Debtor. If there is no Delivery Address, the function key is not active.
<F7> This overlays a window that displays the Delivery Instructions attached to this Debtor. If there is no Delivery Instructions, the function key is not active.
<F8> will allow you to display sales orders for this account. The functionality of this option is similar to displaying transactions <F5>.
<F9> If you have chosen to enable labels, <F9> will be displayed. Pressing this will cause the program to enter the label routine. The exact label routine entered depends on your choice in SYSTEM DEFAULTS. The default label routine prints on single file labels 1 ˝” deep (top of one to top of the next) and 3 ˝” wide. The routine will ask you if how many labels you require. If you choose zero, the routine will exit. If you choose a number greater than 1, the labels will be printed, 1 of X, 2 of X, etc. Labels are printed to the printer defined in ASSIGN LOCAL PRINTERS, see SECTION 18.104.22.168.
<F10> This will option will send the information on the screen to a special program that formats it into a vertical bar graph. The graph shows all periods, separating the years with colours. In the standard colour scheme, last-year is in yellow, this-year is in red and next year (if not zero) is in green. In either case, the legend is displayed near the top-right-hand corner of the screen. The vertical axis is self-scaling.
<ESC> will return to Debtor code entry routine. From there, another <ESC> will exit the program and return you to the DEBTOR enquiry MENU.
Initiating Debtor Transactions.
If there are any Debtor transactions available for this Debtor, <F5> will be displayed. When you press <F5> the screen will appear as follows:
The balance corresponding to the current month is highlighted. When you press <Enter> or <F10>, HiFinance will move to the Transaction Display program. This program will attempt start to display transactions from the highlighted period. If you wish to display transactions for another period, use the cursor keys to move the highlight to that period, and then press <Enter> or <F10>. If you are using the mouse, clicking on a period will immediately start the transaction display from that period.
Displaying Debtor Transactions.
Having chosen a period, the display program will start up. Initially you will be asked if you wish to limit the display to active transactions. If you only wish to display transactions that are outstanding, eg INVOICES, etc., choose Y. If you choose N, all transactions will be displayed. The screen will appear as follows:
Moving around this screen is similar to searching for a Debtor. This is fully described above. You will also have several options available via the function keys:
<F1> If you have chosen to display only active transactions, pressing <F1> will switch to displaying all transactions. There is no way of switching back without pressing <ESC> and re-entering the function. You will notice that when displaying active transactions, the body of the screen displays the amount outstanding only, and the details window displays the total value of the current transaction. When you display all transactions, this is reversed.
<F3> This will cause HiFinance to initiate a print of the transactions for this Debtor. Note that main accounts will include all transactions for their subsidiary accounts. Sub-accounts will only display and print transactions assigned to them (normally only INVOICES and CREDIT-NOTES). You are then asked if you wish to limit the report to a range of transaction dates before starting the report.
<F5> This function is only available for INVOICES and CREDIT-NOTES. It will cause HiFinance to display the details of the lines on the transaction. This will be displayed in the lower window of the screen. To return from this function, press <ESC>. This function can also be used to print the details of the transaction. This is printed in report format and details all the information available for the transaction.
<F6> This function is only available for INVOICES and CREDIT-NOTES. It will cause HiFinance to reprint the transaction on Invoice stationery. This is useful if an INVOICE has been lost or damaged.
<F8> This initiates a search through the transaction files for all transactions that have the same transaction audit number as the current record. This is similar to the SEARCH FOR AUDIT NO function except that you are not prompted for an audit number because HiFinance already knows which number to search on. See SECTION 6.5.5.
<F9> This allows you to start the display from a different period. A window is opened that asks for the year and period.
<F10> or <Enter> This will option is used to display the allocations for the highlighted transaction. The option is not available if the transaction is fill unallocated. The information is displayed in a box at the bottom of the screen. If you highlight an allocation line, you can further use <F8> to de-allocate it. This undoes the allocation and returns the balances to what they were. This is useful if, for instance, you have accidentally allocated a receipt to the wrong invoice.
<ESC> This will return you to the calling program.