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MIS Key Strokes


Cursor Movement

TAB KEY: Moves cursor to the next field, leaving the contents of the "original" field intact. Should be pressed instead of the Return Key after entering data, unless the data which was entered was numeric or shorter in length than the original data.

CTRL-P:
Moves cursor to the previous field, leaving contents of "original" field intact.

RETURN KEY: Performs the following two functions depending on where the cursor is when the key is pressed:

Moves cursor to the next field, after deleting characters from the position of the cursor to the end of the "original" field. Should be pressed instead of the Tab key after entering numeric data.

Moves cursor from the command line to the last field the cursor rested on before the Menu Key, F1, was pressed.

NOTES: Neither the Tab key nor the Return key needs to be pressed after entering data which filled up the entire field (the cursor will automatically proceed to the next field).

When entering numeric data, you do not need to enter the ".00" after the number (the computer will automatically put it in for you).

Function Keys

MENU KEY F1: Performs the following two functions depending on where the cursor is when the Function key is pressed:

Moves the cursor from a field to the command line. Used when a command needs to be entered, unless the command has a function key next to it.

Displays the next page of commands on the command line, if the cursor is already on the command line. The character ">" at the far right of the command line signifies that there is another page of commands. The character " or ":" at the far right of the command line signifies that there are no more pages of commands.

END KEY F3: Ends the current operation without saving changes.

COMMANDS: To select a command to perform, either press the Menu Key, F1, to enter command mode (the cursor will move to the line where the commands are and a colon will appear), then enter the first two letters of the command and press the Return key, or simply press the Function key, if there is one next to the command.




Last Modified: 10/02/2009