Customize Form (New)

Background
How-to Customize Forms
Types of Forms
Working the Toolbar

Further Customization
Saving Your Customized Form
Tips for Different Types of Form Customization
Customizing an Invoice Form to Print Multiple Invoices Per Page

Background

This support article covers the different types of forms that you can customize for emailing and printing. It explains how these forms can be customized and modified. The paper forms referenced below are available from Acclivity's Checks and Forms web site: http://www.accountedgechecks.com, or by calling 800-878-0370. In Canada, visit AccountEdge Cheques and Forms. On that website is a PDF file of the form catalogue, which contains detailed information about the paper forms.

How-to Customize Forms

You can customize the different types of forms by:

  1. Going to Setup from the menu bar at the top of the screen
  2. Choose Customize Forms from the dropdown
  3. Select the type of form you wish to customize
  4. Depending on the kind of form (ie: invoice) you may have different Layout options. Choose the one that you want to use.
  5. Select the drop down menu next to Form to Customize and select a form (the different forms that are available are listed below)
  6. Click Customize

Types of Forms

Checks and Check Stubs
Deposit Slips
Statements
Receipts
Purchase Orders

Checks and Check Stubs

  • Laser/Inkjet Check#953L (953): Prints one check and two stubs per page (check on the top of the page with two stubs underneath it). The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long.
  • Laser/Inkjet Check#960L (960): Prints one check and two stubs per page (check on the top of the page with two stubs underneath it). The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long.
  • Laser/Inkjet Check#971L (971): Prints one check and two stubs per page (check on the top of the page with two stubs underneath it). The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long.
  • Continuous Feed Check#960: Prints one check on top with the corresponding stub below, then another check and corresponding stub. The paper size is 8.5" wide by 14" long. The form size is 8.5" wide by 7" long.
  • Laser 3-up Check: Prints three checks per page no stubs. The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long.

If you selected a check with stubs form, the type of stubs available are:

  • Regular Check Stubs are created by checks printed in the Banking Command Center
  • Payable Check Stubs are created by checks printed in the Purchases Command Center (AccountEdge Pro only)
  • Refund Check Stubs are created by checks printed in the Sales Command Center
  • Payroll Check Stubs are created by checks printed in the Payroll Command Center (AccountEdge Pro only)

Deposit Slips

Pre-printed deposit slips for use with the Prepare Deposit Slip feature of AccountEdge are available from Acclivity's Checks and Forms web site: http://www.accountedgechecks.com, or by calling 800-878-0370. In Canada, visit AccountEdge Cheques and Forms.

Invoices, Packing Slips And Shipping Labels

  • The Plain Paper Invoice: Prints one invoice per page. The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long. It also prints your company name and address. It prints lines and boxes in some places on your invoice.
  • Pre-Printed Invoice#157L: Prints one invoice per page. The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long. It does not print your company name, company address or boxes and lines on the form.

Statements

The types of statements are:

  • Invoice Statement: Lists all open sales with their current balance due.
  • Activity Statement: Lists all sales transactions (invoices, payments and credit invoices) that involve a customer within a desired date range.

The forms to choose from are:

  • The Plain Paper Statement: Prints one statement per page. The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long. It prints your company name and address. It also prints lines and boxes in some places on your statement.
  • Pre-Printed Statement: Prints one statement per page. The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long. It does not print your company name, company address or any boxes on the form.

Receipts

To customize a receipt select Print Receipts from the Sales Command Center. There are two types of receipts to choose from:

  • Credit Card Receipt: Prints two receipts per page. The form size is 8.5" wide by 5.5" long. The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long.
  • Payment Receipt: Print one receipt per page. The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long.

Purchase Orders:

To customize purchase orders, open the Purchases Command Center then select Print Purchase Orders. Choose the Purchase Order format you want to customize from the form layout at the top of the window. Next to 'Selected Form for Purchase' at the bottom of the screen, choose the Purchase Order format that most closely matches your form (Pre-Printed or the Plain Paper). Select Customize.

  • Plain Paper Purchase: Prints one purchase per page. The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long. It prints your company name and address. It also prints lines and boxes in some places on your invoice.
  • Pre-Printed Purchase: Prints one purchase per page. The paper size is 8.5" wide by 11" long. It does not print your company name, company address or any boxes on the form.

Working with the Tool Bar

Working with the Tool Bar (Mac)

The Tool Bar appears in every form's Customize window: The Tool bar consists of 8 buttons. There are text labels below each button.

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  1. Fields Click to open the Add Fields window, where you can select the data fields you want to insert. You can also select an option to include headers with each element or column you add to your form. When you have finished selecting fields, click Add. The fields will be added to the form.
  2. Text Click this icon to insert a text field.
  3. Image Click this icon to insert a picture field. The Open window appears. Find and select the image you want to insert and click Open. (You can paste a graphic in PICT file format into a form.)
  4. Shapes Click this icon and choose the shape you want to insert on the form.
  5. Front Click this icon to position a selected element in front of another element on the form.
  6. Back Click this icon to position a selected element behind another element on the form.
  7. Print Click this icon to open the Print window, where you can preview and print the form.
  8. Format Click this icon to open the Format window, where you can modify element and form properties.

Working with the Tool Bar (Windows)

The Tool Bar appears in every form's Customize window: The Tool bar consists of 11 buttons. There are no text labels on the buttons, however if you place your mouse over the tool bar button, a Tooltip will be provided with information. The tool buttons, left to right are:

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  1. Fields Click to open the Add Fields window, where you can select the data fields you want to insert. You can also select an option to include headers with each element or column you add to your form. When you have finished selecting fields, click Add. The fields will be added to the form.
  2. Text Click this icon to insert a text field.
  3. Picture/Graphic Click this icon and then click anywhere on your form. This creates a picture field. Double-click on the picture field and then click "Load Picture." The Select Image window appears. Find and select the image you want to insert and click Open. Click OK.
  4. Insert Rectangle Click this icon and drag your cursor around the area you would like the rectangle
  5. Insert Line Click this icon and then drag your cursor horizontally or vertically when you would like to create a line.
  6. Undo Reverses the last performed action
  7. Send to Back Click this icon to position a selected element behind another element on the form.
  8. Bring to Front Click this icon to position a selected element in front of another element on the form.
  9. Change Fonts Select a field and then click this button to change the font for that field.
  10. Form Properties Click this icon to open the Form Properties window, where you can modify element and form properties.
  11. Format Click this icon to display a preview on the screen of what you invoice will look like. Uses sample information to do this.

Note: The Layout drop-down menu at the top right of the customize screen is available for Check formats, only.

Further Customization

  • Add New Data Field Tool: This tool is used for adding data fields. To add a new data field, click on the 1st icon on the tool bar, and select a field from the list. You can search the list alphabetically. You can only add the datafields that are on this list. Warning: Some fields are linked to specific invoice/purchase line information, such as description, amount, job number, and sales tax. These fields are "linked" together vertically so they can be moved independently right or left but not up or down.
  • Selecting Multiple Fields: Hold the shift key and click to select multiple fields. If you want to choose all fields on the form go to Edit from the menu bar at the top of the screen and choose "List Select All"
  • Deleting Fields: To delete any field, click the field and either press the delete key or right-click your mouse and select delete. The field will still be on the datafield list if you choose to add it back.
  • Add a New Text Field: This tool is used for adding text fields. To add a new text field, click on the 'T' from the tool bar.

    • On Mac this will insert the text field automatically
    • On Windows click into the form where you want the text field to be located A text box will appear. Double-click inside the text box to bring up the Text input window, and the Field Properties screen. On the Layout Tab, enter your text and any adjustments to field size and location. You can also change the font by selecting Text Properties. Background color for the text field can also be added by selecting the background colors button. You can enter text in the Text input window.
  • Adjusting Field Size: When you select a field, a rectangle appears around it. 8 small squares, called "handles", appear on rectangle, indicating where you can use your mouse to pull or drag the handle. When you select a line, the handles appear at either end. Another way to change the size of a field or a line is to double-click your selection and change its size in the Field Information window.

  • Copying and Pasting Fields: To copy a field, select it and choose Copy from the Edit menu. To paste the field, choose Paste from the Edit menu. Fields can be copied and pasted within a form. You cannot copy a field from an invoice and paste it into a check form.

  • Insert Graphics/Picture Tool: This tool is used to insert a graphic onto a form. Acceptable image file formats are: .pdf (Mac only), .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .gif.

  • Drawing A Rectangle: To draw a rectangle on a form, click the rectangle tool and click the location on the form where you want the upper left corner of the rectangle to appear; a handle appears. Drag the handle to the location of the lower right corner of the rectangle you want to create. The size of the rectangle can be changed in the same manner as a field.

  • Drawing A Line: To draw a line on a form, click the line tool and then click the location on the form where you want the line to begin; a handle appears. Drag the handle to where you want the line to end. You can change the location and size of the line with the pointer or in the Field Information window.

  • Form Properties Tool: The Forms Properties window displays two tabs; the Layout tab and the Options tab. In the Layout tab you will set up the paper and form size. In the Options tab you will select the options available including the margins.

  • Double-Click a Field: If you double-click in a field, the Format (Form Properties) window will open. There you can adjust field sizes, fonts, etc. If you double-click on the form, but not in a field, you will open the Format (Form Properties) window for the form itself.

Saving Your Customized Form

When you finish customizing your form, click on the Save Form or Save Form As button. If you are working on a form you have already customized before then Save Form will save this with the same name. If you want to choose a new name for your form (leaving the original intact), click Save As. After saving the form click then click OK.

Don't use a slash ('/') in your form name because the AccountEdge file utility will misinterpret the file name.

Tips

Customizing an Invoice Form to Include Multiple Sales Per Page

AccountEdge has the ability to customize invoice forms to include multiple invoices to one page. This video shows you how you can accomplish this: