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Home Accounts (c)

Version 3

Program User Manual

February, 1989

FGS Technologies
P.O. Box 5732
Winter Park, Florida 32793

Copyright (c) 1987-1989 FGS Technologies
All Rights Reserved.


I like to express my thanks in my own words to the following
people that in one way or another help me in this project.

* To my wife Carmen for your encouragement to press on with
this project. To my kids, 'FGS', for been understanding and
quite while I was working in Home Accounts.

* To David Maynard for the endless number of suggestions and
for be a beta site as well as helping me with this document.

* To Patricia Coomes-Gallagher and Gloria Jones for proof
reading and correcting this documentation.

Luis F. Rodriguez
FGS Technologies


COPYRIGHTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Limited License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
User Assistance and Technical Support . . . . . . . . . 2

INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

GETTING STARTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Understanding the HOME ACCOUNTS System . . . . . . . . . 3
Accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Category Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Category Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Hardware Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Notation Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Software Pre-Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Backing Up your HOME ACCOUNTS Diskette . . . . . . 6
Contents of Distribution Diskette . . . . . . . . . 6
Setting Up your CONFIG.SYS File . . . . . . . . . . 6

INSTALLATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Data File Path . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Program Path . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
What just happened? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Where am I now? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

STARTING UP HOME ACCOUNTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

GENERAL FEATURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Reading Status Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Moving Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Calculator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
SetUp Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Printer File Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Start Listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
ReSet after printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Return Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Mailing Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Envelope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Pause between pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Envelope Top Margin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Envelope Left Margin . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Phone Print Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Form Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Phone Print Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Initializing your Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Exiting from the program . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15


USING HOME ACCOUNTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Cursor Movements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Edit Transaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Juggle Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Add Transactions
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Copy Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Delete Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Import Data

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Insert a Transaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Retrieve Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Sort Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Mark Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Search Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Switch Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Bills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Categories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Print Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Reconcile Checkbook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

USING CONFIGURATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Set Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Date Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Snow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

UPDATES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35


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Home Accounts software and accompanying documentation is
copyrighted, with all rights reserved. Other brand and product
names mentioned in this document are trademarks or registered
marks of their respective holders.

The copyright owner, FGS Technologies, permits anyone to
copy and distribute Home Accounts, subject to the following

1. No fee or consideration whatsoever shall be charged by
anyone other than FGS Technologies for the distribution copy.

2. The recipient must be given a copy of the UNMODIFIED

3. If Home Accounts is included with any other product or
service for which a charge is made, the recipient must be
informed that there is no charge for Home Accounts.

Limited License
This software has taken many, many hours to produce. It is
not in the public domain, and is not for use without cost. This
license is intended to supply you with a low cost means of
determining the usefulness of our product.

FGS Technologies
P.O. Box 5732
Winter Park, Florida 32793

HOME ACCOUNTS support is available
24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
FGS-BBS @ (407) 679-1321
BAUD: 300-2400, 8/N/1

FGS Technologies makes no warranties, either expressed or
implied, with respect to this manual or to the software described
in this manual, its quality or performance.

FGS Technologies assumes no liability for financial problems
which may arise directly, indirectly or incidentally from the use
of Home Accounts, or any consequential damages resulting from any
defect in the software.


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User Assistance and Technical Support
FGS supports all of its products via FGS-BBS (407) 679-1321
300/1200/2400 baud, No parity, 8 bits, 1 stop bit. The latest
version of the Home Accounts program and documentation is
Home Accounts
available on-line 24 hours per day, seven days a week. For
registered users, there are reserved file and message areas for
speedy assistance.


The Home Accounts software was developed by engineers who
wanted to manage their home finances without having to manage
their home finances. Engineers being what they are, a way was
devised to let a PC handle the tedium associated with keeping the
bill collectors happy. Home Accounts software supports all the
possible areas of financial manipulation required of any
homeowner; checking accounts, credit cards, utility bills,
mortgage payments and any other type of account pertinent to the
individual user. All can be managed by Home Accounts.

For instance, by using the Bills feature, you can be
reminded by your computer that it's time to pay a regular
creditor. This could mean the mortgage, car payment or credit

cards. It's nice to be able to come home to your PC, turn it on,
run your Home Accounts, and let it tell you which bills to pay.
It can even tell you whether or not you can afford to pay them,
based upon your present balance.

Home Accounts has a Summary mode which will total your
categories by month, quarter and year-to-date. Furthermore, you
can determine your projected expenses and Home Accounts will
calculate per category whether you are under or over your
projected financial forecast. On-line help and a calculator are
available throughout the entire program.

When you write checks and update your Home Accounts check
register, you can assign the check to a given account and
category without memorizing numbers. This allows you to track
the amounts paid to a particular creditor; it even allows you to

display it graphically if you wish.

Some of the advantages of the above features are obvious.
Think of it, you will finally be able to agree with the bank on
your monthly balance. You can also print out the checks written
to a particular account, for use at tax time. The Bills feature


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reminds you when to pay (and if you can pay) all of your monthly

Is this beginning to sound too good to be true? Before you
jump into assigning accounts, groups, categories and items, be
certain that you have read each section of the manual FIRST!
After reading, you can review each section, deciding how you want
to organize your Home Accounts system. This manual is
constructed to walk you through the process of planning and
installing your system.

Besides the home finances, the Deluxe version of Home
Accounts provides other features like Phone Directory, Reminder
notepad, and Inventory.


There are four areas that will be addressed in getting
started: (1) understanding the system, (2) your hardware
requirements, (3) notation conventions, and (4) software pre-
installation. Understanding the Home Accounts system of
identifying transactions is one of the most important things that
you should do BEFORE doing your installation.

Understanding the HOME ACCOUNTS System
All of the data to be installed and tracked by your Home
Accounts program is comprised of four types of information:

a. Accounts
b. Category Groups
c. Category Items
d. Records

Each of these types of information is discussed in the
following sections.

The section of USING HOME ACCOUNTS deals with the Accounts
mode. This is the primary use mode, and the one that will "come
up" after the installation. The other modes are covered further
on in this document.

Accounts are the highest level of definition within the


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system. Basically, an account is something that you might have
at a bank, like a checking account or a savings account. Most
households will have only a few accounts. Although there is no
practical limit to the number of accounts that can be installed,
the general rule is to have as few as possible. Accounts can be
defined as those very general areas that get your money. The
more specific disbursements are defined as Category Groups and
Category Items, which are discussed later.

Examples of accounts could be:

a. Primary Checking
b. Alternate Checking
c. Savings
d. Credit Union Shares

Category Groups
Category Groups is the next lower level in describing where
your money goes. For example, the general area Household
Expenses could be defined as a Category Group for most home
owners. Other examples of a group (in addition to Household
Expenses) are:

a. Household Expenses
b. Car/Auto Expenses
c. Credit Cards (all of them)
d. Loans
e. Cash

Rather easy so far, don't you think? All you have to do
now is to identify the major groups on which you spend your
money. There are plenty of ways to uniquely identify each
transaction; that will be discussed next. Again, as a general
rule, you should be able to define more Category Groups than

Category Items
Category Items is the next lower level of description for
each transaction. There are multiple items within a group. For
example, in the group Household Expenses, you may have an item
for the utility bill (electricity and/or gas), the water bill,
the telephone bill, or the garbage collection service. Within
the Car Expenses group, you may have insurance, loan payments,
gasoline and maintenance.


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Lastly, a Record is a single transaction within an Account.
The most common example of a Record is a check written from your
checking account. When you enter a check into Home Accounts, you
will be asked to assign it to a specific Category Item. This, in
turn, is a part of a Category Group. For example, when the check
for your car insurance is entered into Home Accounts, it is
assigned to the car insurance item within the Car Expenses Group.

Be certain that you understand the above concepts before
attempting to install your program. They are not complex
concepts, but you MUST be familiar with them to do an optimal job
of not only implementing Home Accounts, but managing your own
home finances.

Hardware Requirements
The following is the hardware configuration that you must
have in order to run your program:

a. IBM PC, XT, AT or a truly compatible clone.
b. 80 column CGA, EGA or monochrome monitor.
c. One disk drive.
d. A line printer. (You could live without it.)
e. 256 Kbytes of RAM.

We have tested Home Accounts on the following computers:
a) IBM PC, XT and AT
b) Compaq
c) Gateway 2000 AT
d) Tandy SX 1000.

Notation Conventions
Throughout this manual, you will be instructed to execute a
certain sequence of keystrokes in order to perform a given
function. All keystrokes are enclosed by bracket characters '<'
and '>'. Therefore, is an instruction to press that key
labeled on your keyboard as F1 (Function Key 1).


Function keys one through ten
Carriage Return or Enter
Shift Key


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Control Key (just like the Shift key)
Escape Key

Software Pre-Installation

Home Accounts is a stand alone program requiring only a
properly set up MS-DOS or PC-DOS (Rev 2.0 or later) operating
system. You need no other supporting programs or utilities, such
as BASIC. Before you can run your new Home Accounts software,
you must do the installation for your particular computer system.
This section explains how to install Home Accounts, and what
needs to be set up in your operating system in order for the Home
Accounts program to access its supporting files.

Backing Up your HOME ACCOUNTS Diskette

The first thing you must do before installing the program is
to be certain that you have a valid backup of the program. Back
up the Home Accounts files!!! Use the MS-DOS COPY command or the
DISKCOPY utility. It is best to then work from the backup and
save the original diskette as the backup.

Contents of Distribution Diskette

Verify that the following files are in the distribution
diskette, using the DIR command.

HA.EXE This file is the main program in which you update
the database for the various accounts.

HA.HLP This file holds the On-Line Help information used
by Home Accounts.

Setting Up your CONFIG.SYS File

If you have any questions about your CONFIG.SYS file,
consult your DOS documentation. Not having the CONFIG.SYS file
set up correctly has been our second most common user problem so
far. Before you run Home Accounts, make sure that your
CONFIG.SYS file is properly set up. Examine or create this file
using any type of text editor. Most systems come supplied with a


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type of EDLIN which is fine for this purpose. The following two
statements must be defined in this file:

FILES = number of files
BUFFERS = number of buffers

The recommended format for these two entries is:

FILES = 15

If FILES and BUFFERS are not set correctly, your DOS will
not allow Home Accounts to access all of the necessary data files
and other information stored on your disk.

If you have modified or created either of these entries, you
must re-boot the system so that the new setting will take effect.


Home Accounts operates with two user defined PATHS, the DATA
FILES PATH and the PROGRAM PATH. The program needs to know the
location of its support and data files. Regardless of your
current working directory, Home Accounts can access the data file
because you specify the file locations during the installation.
When you exit from Home Accounts it will return you to the
working directory.

Data File Path

When the installation process is complete, there will be two
directories set up on the disk that you are using to run the
program. The highest level directory, named as you wish, is the
directory from which you will run the Home Accounts program.

During the installation process, Home Accounts creates a
sub-directory named for the current calendar year, or a year that
you choose. From then on, as you use the program, all of that
year's data files will be contained in that directory. When a
new year is entered, an additional directory may be created that
will contain the records for that year.


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Program Path

There are three ways to install your Home Accounts program.
The first way is by creating a directory that will contain the
program files. This directory can be named whatever you wish.
Once the directory is created, the program files are copied into
this directory.

The second method is by copying the Home Accounts program to
a directory that is defined in the DOS path statement. By
defining the directory path in a path statement, you can invoke
Home Accounts from any location by simply entering HA. If the
executable file is not found in the current directory, DOS will
search the directories specified in the path statement for it.

The third and final way to install the software is by
copying the Home Accounts program to a directory that is defined
by an environment variable. An example of this would be

SET HA=dirpath

where HA is the environment variable and dirpath is the path to
your program files. This method is invoked by specifying the
path along with the executable name of the file. For example,

Although any of the above methods would be correct, we
recommend method two or three be used in order to make full use
of MS-DOS's capabilities. By using either of these methods you
can execute your Home Accounts program from anywhere on the

Installation is started by typing . Home Accounts
then prompts you through a very easy installation procedure.
Before you start the installation, have your checkbook ready.
You will need it when the program asks you for the account name
and account number of your first account.

The 'I' parameter that you typed while invoking Home
Accounts told the program that this process was an installation.
You must do this FIRST before attempting to run the programs. If
you do not, you will get error messages! This is our NUMBER ONE
user problem so far, people do not do it! You need only to run
the installation one time unless you changed the location of your
data files; in that case, the installation procedure must be run
again. If you are re-installing because you changed your data
path, DO NOT RE-INITIALIZE YOUR CONTROL.FIL! This will result in
the loss of your old data.


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When entering a new year, you may want to re-initialize your
program, allowing it to create a new sub-directory and new data
files for that year. This will allow you to keep each year's
data in a separate file area.

What just happened?
When you told Home Accounts the path to the data files, the
program created a sub-directory under the Home Accounts directory
named with the current calendar year. For example,
C:\ACCOUNTS\1989 would be the name of the directory that contains
your data files. In this new directory several files were
created. These files are..

CONTROL.FIL The data stored in this file holds the user
definitions and control information.
CATEGORY.FIL This file has all the information related to the
categories that you will define.

BILLS.FIL This file has all the information related to the
bills that you will define.

ACCOUNT.??? Each of these files hold the data related to
each account used this year. The ??? stands
for the digits 001 through 255. A maximum of
255 accounts can be defined.

SUMMARY.FIL These two files hold the summary data
SUMMARY.TOT of your categories.

HA.CFG This file is created and maintained by Home
Accounts at the directory where is the Home
Accounts program. Its contains the path
where you are going to keep your database,
configuration of colors and position of the

Where am I now?
If all went well, you are now in the Accounts mode of the
Home Accounts program. From here you can enter checks, set up
bills, and play with all of the functions that Home Accounts
provides. If you are not looking at something that looks similar
to a check book register (with no checks installed), try the
installation again. It won't hurt to do it several times if you
need to get it right. However, once you have installed data that
you want to keep into the program, make sure that you answer
(for no) when asked if you want to re-initialize CONTROL.FIL. If
you answered (for yes), all existing data will be destroyed.


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There are a few ways to execute your Home Accounts program.
The most common one is to start in the Accounts mode. This is
done by typing . However, there are other options that
can be typed, as MS-DOS commands. These are..

Normal mode: HA [Calendar year]
This is the normal mode of use. If you do not specify
a calendar year, it will select the current calendar year
defined on your computer. The program will check bills
first, then allow you to either enter the Accounts mode, or
to exit back to DOS.

Specify a Year: HA [calendar year]
Run the Home Accounts program using the directory of a
given year. This is useful when you want to examine the
data of previous years. If you do not specify the year,
Home Accounts will default to the current calendar year
defined on your computer.

Installation: HA I [calendar year]
Execute the installation of Home Accounts for the year
that you specify. If you do not specify the year, Home
Accounts will default to the current calendar year defined
on your computer. If you have just entered a new year, you
should do this command with the new year provided to Home
Accounts. This will establish a new set of files for the
new year.


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The following functions covered in this section can be
invoked at any time in the Home Accounts program.

Reading Status Line
Line 23 of your screen is the status line. It is the one
with the double line across the bottom of your screen. On the
right hand side is posted the NumLock, CapsLock, ScrollLock and
system's date and time messages. Try pressing your ScrollLock
and CapsLock keys; note the highlighted areas. The system's time
and date is updated every minute. At the left, in a highlighted
area, is the mode status. There are several modes in which Home
Accounts can run, right now you are in the Accounts mode.

Lines 24 and 25 are used as the display area for messages
from Home Accounts to you. These lines display the menu that
applies to the current mode. Your inputs to the program are also
displayed on these lines. Right now, these lines should be
displaying a list of function keys from F1 to F10.

Moving Windows
There are several windows used by Home Accounts to display
information. Windows like Help, Calculator, and Calendar, can be
moved around the screen. First, you must bring up a particular
screen by pressing for Help, or for the Calculator or
for the Calendar. You start the "move" by pressing the
ScrollLock key. Then select a direction using the Up, Down,
Left, or Right arrow keys on the numeric key pad. If you go too
far, you will get a beep. Once you have finished moving the
window and have it where you want it, press the ScrollLock key to
fix the window in that position. The position of the window is
maintained for the next time you used the program.

Home Accounts has built in an on-line help function that is
accessible from all other functions of the program. Each time
you press the F1 key, a Help window appears. The Help window
screens contain a brief description of the current mode of
operation. Most of the help descriptions are displayed in more
than one page. You may scroll the pages by pressing the Page Up
or Page Down keys. The Page Up will bring up the previous Help
page. The Page Down will display the next sequential Help page.

Each time that a Help page is displayed, the MORE or END
message is displayed. The MORE message indicates that more help
follows, and that you should use the page keys to display the


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additional information. The END message means that the currently
displayed page is the last help page for that topic. At this
point, you may press the Page Up key to read the previous pages
or press the key to return to what you were doing before
invoking the Help feature.

The on-line calendar is used for selecting the date of your
inputs or editing sessions. However, if you request the
Calendar, it will always display the date defined in your system.

The following is the set of keys used to scroll the

Up Arrow Previous Week
Down Arrow Next Week
Left Arrow Previous Day
Right Arrow Next Day
Home First Day of the Month
End Last Day of the Month
Cr When date selected
PgUp Previous Month
PgDn Next Month
Ctrl PgUp Previous Year
Ctrl PgDn Next Year
Ctrl Home January
Ctrl End December
Ctrl Left Arrow Beginning of Week
Ctrl Right Arrow End of Week

The calculator is provided throughout the entire program,
with the exception of when the help pages are invoked. Every
time you press the F10 key, the Calculator window is displayed.
This calculator uses Algebraic Notation.

There are ten registers for storage. The calculator has the
four basic operations, addition, subtraction, division, and
multiplication. It also has other handy operations (inverse,
fraction, sign, percentage, store and recall register, truncate
and swap X Y registers).


outputs the scroll tape of the calculator
the line printer. The letters "Pr" that appear at the bottom
right of the calculator window indicate that the output is being
sent to the printer. To terminate output to the printer, press


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again or exit the calculator by pressing .

SetUp Printer
You can configured your printer at any time in the program.
Home Accounts offers the capability to redirect the printer
output to a text file. You can also send special control codes
to your printer to have full use of your printer fonts and
printing capabilities. In the following section we discuss the
options that you have in configuring your printer.

Printer File Name

Here you specify the print file name. To print to devices
like LPT or COM enter the device name and its number. For
example, to print to the line printer LPT1: you enter LPT1
without the colon. File names must follow the MS-DOS file naming
convention (e.g. C:\ACCOUNTS\PRINT.FIL).

Start Listing
Here you specify the control codes to be sent to your
printer when you are producing regular listings. See the next
paragraph of initializing your printer.

ReSet after printing
Once you have started a print job with a special initial
setup, you may send another setup after completing the job.
Aborting the printing causes Home Accounts to believe that you
have completed the job. See the next paragraph of initializing
your printer.

Return Label
This option is used in the Deluxe version.

Mailing Label
This option is used in the Deluxe version.

This option is used in the Deluxe version.

Pause between pages
This signals Home Accounts that you want to pause after each
page is printed. This option stops Home Accounts from printing
once it has finished printing an address. This option is very
useful when you are printing single envelopes.


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Envelope Top Margin
This option is used in the Deluxe version.

Support Formfeed
This indicates to Home Accounts that your printer supports
the control character #12 for formfeed. Otherwise, Home Accounts
will provide line feed characters to scroll to the top of the

Envelope Left Margin
This option is used in the Deluxe version.

Phone Print Format
This option is used in the Deluxe version.

Form Length
This option is used in the Deluxe version.

Phone Print Modes
This option is used in the Deluxe version.

Initializing your Printer
Since there are a few different types of print-outs, Home
Accounts allows you to send control codes to your printer before
you start to print each type of format. This is very handy if
your printer supports different fonts.

To specify these control characters, enter in this field the
decimal value of the control character separated by comma,
semicolon or period. Any non-digit character will be considered
to be a separator (delimiter).

Example: To set the Okidata 193 to Utility print mode, you
have to send to the printer the escape character followed by
the letter I and the character 1. So in this field you
would type:
27,73,49 or
27-73-49 or
27;73;49 or
which ever way you like the best.


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You may abort the print by pressing the key at any
Home Accounts prompt or while the printing is taking place.

Exiting from the program
Pressing the key at the main menu of any of the major
functions of Home Accounts allows you either exit to DOS or to
execute another of the functions of Home Accounts.


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The following sections discuss the functions to create and
maintain the data base of your different accounts supported by
Home Accounts.

Home Accounts was designed to be completely interactive with
the user but yet minimizing the number of keystrokes. Each
transaction (record) is composed of five fields, date,
description, category, cleared check mark and amount.

The Date field is entered or edited by selecting the date
from the pop-up calendar window. See the Calendar section on how
to select a date.

The Description field requires a little bit more typing;
however, Home Accounts estimates the next check number. The
check number is expected to be the first part of the
description. For example, a description with a check number will
be 592 Electricity.

The Category field is entered or edited by selecting it from
the pop-up category window. See the Category section on how to
select a category.

The Clear check mark is represented by a period (.) when it
is not clear and is represented by an asterisk (*) when it is
clear. This field can be marked as clear when you edit it or set
when you reconcile your checking account.

Last, the Amount field can be input or edited by entering it
from the keyboard or recalling one of the ten registers used in
the calculator.

Cursor Movements
The cursor keys are used to scroll the transactions of the
account currently displayed. These keys are:

Up Arrow Moves cursor up one transaction.
Down Arrow Moves cursor down one transaction.
Left Arrow Moves cursor one field to the left of the
current transaction.
Right Arrow Moves cursor one field to the right of the
current transaction.
PgUp Displays one page up from the current page.
PgDn Displays one page down from the current page.


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Home Moves cursor to the date field.
End Moves cursor to the amount field.
Home Moves cursor to the top of the page.
End Moves cursor to the bottom of the page.
PgUp Moves cursor to the first transaction.
PgDn Moves cursor to the last transaction.

Edit Transaction
We all make mistakes. This function allows you to edit any
field that is highlighted (selected by cursor control). The
Description, and Amount fields may be edited. The Date, Category
and Clear fields are not directly edited; instead, you are
prompted for changes. If a mistake is made while entering a long
list of transactions, it is best to continue, and then go back
later to correct any errors. The program will rebalance the
account if the amount is changed in any way. If you edit a date
on a transaction, you may want to do a sort. Home Accounts will
not sort automatically when you edit a date field.

You can edit the Date, Clear, and Amount fields of the first
transaction of the account, but not the other fields. All other
transactions may be edited freely.

Juggle Transactions
As the name might suggest, Juggle allows you to modify the
data base that represents the currently selected account. There
are six subfunctions within Juggle.

Add: Add one or more transactions.
Copy: Copy a range of transactions.
Delete: Delete a range of transactions.
Insert: Insert one transaction.
Import: To read input data from an ASCII file (text file).
Retrieve: Retrieve copied or deleted transactions.
Sort: Sort the database in chronological order.

Add Transactions

Add allows you to add transactions to the current account.
Home Accounts will prompt you for each of the fields: the date,
description, amount, and category, in that order. This mode
would be selected to enter the checks written the day after pay
day. You are simply adding transactions to the checking account
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While you are entering the data, you may press to
revert back to the previous field. If you press when
prompted to input the date (the first field), the program will
exit this mode. In this way, you may "walk" back and forth
within a transaction to assure the accuracy of the data that you
are entering. If an entry mistake is made, remember that you
can always go back and edit it later.

Copy Transactions
You may copy one or several transactions into a temporary
file. There is no limit to the number of transactions that can
be copied (other than the free space in the working drive).
Copying to a temporary file is helpful when you are uncertain how
you want to allocate funds. You may make payments from one
account, and then decide that they really should be out of
another account.

To copy a transaction or a group of transactions, you must
first indicate the range of transactions to be copied. If you do
not define the range of transactions to be copied, no
transactions will be copied. To select the range of
transactions, refer to the Mark Transactions section in page 20.
Be careful, the Home Accounts Copy command will allow you to
create duplicate transactions of the same transactions. This can
definitely have an effect when you do an account reconciliation
(see Reconcile section).

Delete Transactions
The Home Accounts delete mode is actually a pseudo delete;
even though the delete mode allows you to delete one or more
transactions, the deletion is not permanent! The transaction or
transactions selected for deletion are saved in a temporary file;
they may be retrieved if needed. This feature is useful when you
have mistakenly deleted transactions, or if you want to move the
transactions from one account to another. (A sneaky way to move

To delete a transaction or a group of transactions, you must
first indicate the range of transactions to be deleted. If you
do not define the range, no transactions will be deleted. To
select the range of transactions, refer to the Mark Transactions
section in page 20.


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Import Data

Import data is a new feature implemented in version 3 of
Home Accounts. Home Accounts reads a formatted text file (ASCII)
as if you were entering the data from the keyboard. First invoke
the import data function by pressing

. Home Accounts will
then request the file name of your text file, read the file and
add the transactions to the account currently being displayed.

Each transaction (record) is composed of six fields. The
structure of these fields must follow the format...

Line 1. Date
Line 2. Description
Line 3. Amount
Line 4. Category Group Number
Line 5. Category Item Number
Line 6. Empty line.

The date must be entered in the format that it is displayed.
The description must not be more than 35 letters long, additional
letters are ignored. The amount must not contain commas and the
Category Group and Item numbers must be defined numbers. If any
of the above rules are not followed, Home Accounts will flag the
invalid field and stop processing the file.

In the event of a transfer Out or transfer In, Home Accounts
will prompt you for the account you wish to transfer to or from
respectively. Pressing will result in no transfer to
another account; however, the transaction will be recorded in the
current account.

Insert a Transaction
This feature supports the manual sorting of an account's
data base. Why use insert? Usually, when adding transactions to
reflect that you have received or spent funds, the operation is
done chronologically. If you forget to enter a check or a
transaction, (heaven forbid) you can manually enter the missing
transaction. You could accomplish the same thing by entering the
missing transaction and doing a sort. The Insert function is
just a little quicker for a limited number of transactions.

Retrieve Transactions
The Retrieve function will insert into the displayed
account, those transactions that have been previously copied or
deleted. The function retrieves transactions from the temporary
area that is used by both the Delete and Copy functions. Those
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safety feature.

Before issuing this command, you must place the cursor where
you want Home Accounts to insert the transactions. When
is entered, the program will retrieve the transactions from the
temporary file and add them to the account at the cursor.

Since the transactions were saved into the temporary file
with established categories, Home Accounts will re-install these
transactions with the established categories. However, for those
transactions that were defined as transfers, the program will
prompt you for the transfer account. If you press at the
prompt, the program will skip the transaction; and it will not be
added to the account.

Sort Transactions
This function sorts the transactions of the currently
displayed account. The sorting criteria used by Home Accounts is
by date, check number and category. This means that deposits
have higher priority over checks made in the same date. We find
that applying this criteria is very helpful in avoiding a "red"

The sort is not lengthy; it has been observed that it takes
less than a minute to sort a 500 transaction database on a IBM
PC. As the program sorts, the progress is displayed at the
bottom of the screen.

Mark Transactions
This is the section referenced many times above. Mark Range
is used to select a group of transactions to be copied, deleted
or printed.

To start marking a range of transactions, you must have
already selected Copy, Delete or Print then move the cursor to
the first transaction to be marked, and press . Pressing
return marks that transaction as the beginning of the range.
Then, move the cursor to the last transaction to be marked, and
press again. Pressing return again marks that transaction
as the end of the range. Notice that the trnasactions to be
copied are highlighted, and at the message area the range of
transactions is displayed. To mark just one transaction, press

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Search Transactions
This function searches for a transaction of a specific value
in a field or fields in the current data base. In order to do a
search for a transaction in your account, you must first build a
"search transaction". This "search transaction" is built by a
series of edits . When you select Search, a transaction and
a menu are displayed in the message area. There are five fields
to be selected: Date, Description, Category, Clear Transaction
(for checking accounts) and Amount.

Use the arrow cursor keys to select the desired field. To
change a given field, press the function key F2. Once a field is
edited, it will be set to a hi-intensity color to indicate that
it is an active field. You may deactivate or reactivate a field
by pressing the key.

Three of the five fields require that you search for an
exact match: Date, Category and Clear Transaction. A search for
the Description and the Amount fields does not require an exact

In the Description field, the program searches for a partial
string match; letter case is not significant (i.e., upper or
lower case). For example, in a search for the string "payment"
in the Description field, transactions that have "Payment to
credit card", "LOAN PAYMENT", or "pAyMeNt" all are found.

When editing the amount field, a range must be specified.
For example, let's say that you are looking for a transaction
with an amount around $25.00, but you do not remember the exact
amount. By specifying a range of $1.00, the program will search
for those transactions with an amount field from $24.00 to

Once you have edited the fields, you must press the Page Up
or Page Down key to trigger the search in either direction from
the current transaction. When Home Accounts finds a qualifying
transaction, it will highlight the transaction; another menu is
then displayed in the message area. At this point, you may press
to search Again in the direction previously indicated. Or,
you may request a new direction by pressing either Page Up or
Page Down keys. Pressing the key will stop the search.
Pressing any other key will return you to the Search window. The
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Switch Account
The Switch function allows you to move to another account in
your system. When is pressed, a menu of all defined
accounts is displayed in the message area. Use the up and down
arrow keys to select another account. To switch to that account,
press carriage return . If you decide that you do not want
to switch, press . You will return to the original account.

This function is critical to your Home Accounts system. The
success of your system hinges on the information (configuration)
defined in the three areas covered in this section:

a. Accounts.
b. Bills.
c. Categories.


By invoking the Accounts function, you may define the
accounts that you want in your system; you may ADD, DELETE,
MOVE, EDIT an account, or PRINT your accounts.

Cursor Movements
The cursor keys are used to scroll the records of the
different accounts defined in your system. These keys are:

Up Arrow Moves cursor up one account.
Down Arrow Moves cursor down one account.
PgUp Displays one page up from the current page.
PgDn Displays one page down from the current page.
Home Moves cursor to the top of the page.
End Moves cursor to the bottom of the page.
PgUp Moves cursor to the first account.
PgDn Moves cursor to the last account.

Edit an Account
If you have entered the name or number of your account
incorrectly, or perhaps the account number for a particular
account has changed, this function allows you to edit the account
name and number.


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Juggle Accounts
Juggle has three options to be selected, Add, Delete and
Move an account.

Add an Account

Adding an account is simple. When
is pressed, a
sub-menu is displayed, listing the types of accounts that you can
add. The system supports four types of accounts:

1. Checking Account.
2. Savings or Cash Flow Account.
3. Credit Card Account.
4. Loan Account.

Select the account type by entering the number that
corresponds to the account type desired. Then, enter the account
name and account number. While you are entering this information
you may abort the process by pressing the key. Once the
information about the new account is entered, Home Accounts will
request verification that the information is correct.

Loan Accounts are added to the Loan Category, which is
predefined upon installation. Credit Card Accounts are added to
the categories with three items (Payment, Credits, and Interest).

Delete an Account
Version 3 of Home Accounts allows you to delete an account,
provided that you do not delete the first account that was
installed. Accounts that are related to a category (i.e. a
credit card or a loan) are deleted in the category mode.

Move an Account
This option allows your to organize you list of accounts in
the order you prefer. The main reason for this option is to
allow you to put the most used accounts at the top of the list.
Changing the order of the accounts has no effect on the
performance of Home Accounts.

Print Accounts
By pressing , Home Accounts will print the list of
accounts currently on your screen.


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This function is one of the most useful in Home Accounts.
With this function, you can determine which of your bills you
need to pay, and whether or not you can afford to do it! You can
also install data that allows Home Accounts to show your income
along with the forecasted bills. In this way, you can roughly
predict the amount of money that will remain after paying your

You can also Add, Edit, Delete and Print bills, as well as
select a payment baseline for paying the bills. The baseline
balance for the billing system is also definable. For example,
the ending balance in the checking account can be used as the
starting balance for the bills. NOTE: All the bills that are to
be entered must be allocated to available categories. In other
words, you should make sure that you have previously installed
all of the categories that you will need for proper assignment of
the bills.

Once your bills have been defined, each time that you bring
up Home Accounts (by typing , all bills that are overdue,
based on their Pay By date, will be displayed. Once the overdue
bills are displayed, you may press the key to return to
DOS; pressing any other key will continue Home Accounts, by
placing you in the Accounts mode. If no bills are overdue, Home
Accounts will automatically 'come up' in the Accounts mode.

Cursor Movements
There are four fields that can be highlighted by movement of
the cursor: (1) the name of the Bill, (2) Due date, (3) Pay by,
and the (4) Amount. The right and left arrow keys are used to
move the cursor. The following cursor keys are used to move the
cursor to a different record displayed on the Bills screen.

Up Arrow Moves cursor up one bill,
Down Arrow Moves cursor down one bill.
Left Arrow Moves cursor one field to the left of the
current bill.
Right Arrow Moves cursor one field to the right of the
current bill.
PgUp Displays one page up from the current page.
PgDn Displays one page down from the current page.
Home Moves cursor to the description field.
End Moves cursor to the amount field.
Home Moves cursor to the top of the page.
End Moves cursor to the bottom of the page.
PgUp Moves cursor to the first bill.


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PgDn Moves cursor to the last bill.

With this function you can edit the Due date, the Pay by
date, Occurrence, Frequency and Amount of any bill. First, move
the cursor to the field to be edited, then press . You will
then be able to edit the field selected. As an example, Edit is
used to correct the amounts of bills entered previously as

The name of the bill cannot be edited under the Bills
system, you must go to the Category system to change it.

When you edit the Due date, Home Accounts requests new
Occurrence and Frequency information. It will also set the "plan
to pay by" date equal to the "Due date". When you have finished
editing these fields, Home Accounts will sort the bills and
recalculate the projected balance.

Juggle Bills
Juggle has three options to be selected, Add and Delete a
bill and establish Baseline of initial Balance.

Add a Bill

To add a bill, first press the function key to bring up
the category window. Move the cursor to the category of the bill
that you want to include in the billing system, and press .
You may abort this process by pressing the key.

Once the category has been selected, you will be prompted to
enter a date for the Date due field. Again, you may abort by
pressing .

After entering the due date, you will enter the bill's
recurrence information. A bill is either Monthly or Daily. A
monthly bill is one that you receive at LEAST once a month. You
should use the Monthly recurrent factor for bills that are due
monthly, quarterly, or biannually. The Daily entry is for bills
that are due at the most once a month. For instance, income
could be entered here as a Daily entry if you get paid more than
once a month.

Next you will be prompted for the frequency of the bill's
occurrence. If you entered a Monthly occurrence, then the
frequency is from 1 to 12 months; i.e., every 1, 2, 3 . . . 12
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year would have a frequency of 12. If you entered a Daily
occurrence, the frequency is from 1 to 31; i.e., every 1 . . .31
days, the bill is due. This Daily option is great for those who
get paid every two weeks (select 14 days) or every week (select 7

Home Accounts will next prompt for the Amount. You can do
one of two things here. Either enter what you expect the bill to
be based upon the past month's bill, or the actual amount based
on a bill in hand. You might consider estimating every bill
ahead of time based upon previous payments, and then edit the
amount when the actual bill is received. If you make monthly
minimum payments to an active charge card account, you could
effectively enter an entire year's payment schedule. Also, watch
your bank accounts for fees charged and interest earned.

Next, Home Accounts will prompt you for the Pay by date.
Operating with the Pay by date is more effective (as well as
safer!) than with the Due Date. If your bills were flagged by
'Due Date', you'd be late with your payments the same day that
you were reminded to pay them. You can monitor Uncle Sam's
delivery time by comparing the date mailed with the date cleared
on your statement or on the back of your check(s). You can
really "fine tune" your system that way. You may also want to
consider the 10 or 15 grace days that some creditors give. Be
careful, though, your credit standing is at stake!

Once you have entered your bills into the billing system,
Home Accounts will sort the bills by the Pay by date, calculate
the projected balance, and then display the bills in order of
date due, and the running balance of your account.

Notice that the Occurrence is a "M" or an "D" indicating
that it is Monthly or Daily. Following the Occurrence is the
Frequency, separated by a colon. For example,

M:01 indicates that the bill is due once each month;

D:15 means that the bill is due every 15 days.

Delete a Bill
Move the cursor to the bill that you want to delete, then
press the function key . You will be prompted about your
delete decision. Answer yes or no by pressing for yes or
for no. (This doesn't happen very often for me, but when it does
its a big occasion. It means something wonderful: I paid off a
credit card, a loan, or a car!)


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Balance Baseline
The Balance Baseline is where you select the accounts under
which you plan to pay your bills. Home Accounts will take the
balance from each of the accounts, add the balances together and
start to pay the bills from this initial balance. Bills are
usually paid from a single account. But if you need to tap
funds from another account to pay your bills, you can do this
electronically, and see the results before you really transfer
the money. This could mean drawing money from a savings account
to pay a medical bill, or just moving money out of a credit union
account to buy a new PC.

The two basic functions in this mode allow you to add an
account to the list and delete an account from the list. This is
not permanently adding or deleting an account, it is simply
building a list of accounts to use in the bills calculation. To
add an account to the list, press function key . Then select
the Accounts mode as you would to do a Switch. If you don't want
to add this account to the list press the key.

To delete an account from the list, press function key ,
then enter the number of the account, and press . If you
don't want to remove this account from the list, press the
key. You can select up to 24 account combinations to baseline
your bills.

Print Bills
To print the list of bills displayed on your screen, press
function key . In this way, you can keep a hard copy running
log of your predicted bills.


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Every transaction that is input to the data base and
assigned to a given account, will also be assigned a category.
These categories are specific to your system and are determined
by you. They are composed of Groups, which are, in turn,
composed of Items. When you installed the program, Home Accounts
created three groups - Income, Transfers, Loans. First, the
program created an item named Your Income under the Income group.
(You may rename it, if you wish.) Second, in the group
Transfers, two items were created, Transfer OUT and Transfer IN.
This is very handy when you want to withdraw cash from an account
and put it in the "pocket cash" account that you have created.
Third, Home Accounts creates the Home Mortgage item under the
Loans group. (You may want to rename this item to include the
mortgage company name.)

It is suggested that you create a group for household
expenses and then create items within it for power, water, cable
TV, etc. You should be getting the idea by now that there is an
order to all of this:

Highest level Account:
Savings, Checking, Cash

Middle level Category Group:
Household expenses, car expenses.

Lowest level Category Item:
Power bill, car insurance, gasoline.

Home Accounts keeps a tally count of the number of
transactions charged of each item. This transaction count is
displayed at the right of the description of the item.

There are four options in Categories;
a. Juggle.
b. Edit.
c. Recount.
d. Print.


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Cursor Movements
The cursor keys are used to scroll the records of the
account currently displayed. These keys are:

Up Arrow Moves cursor up one item.
Down Arrow Moves cursor down one item.
Left Arrow Moves cursor to the Groups Window.
Right Arrow Moves cursor to the Items Window.
PgUp Displays one page up from the current page.
PgDn Displays one page down from the current page.
Home Moves cursor to the top of the window page.
End Moves cursor to the bottom of the window
PgUp If the cursor is at the Groups Window the
cursor moved to the first group. If the
cursor is at the Items Window, the cursor is
moved to the first item.
PgDn If the cursor is at the Groups Window the
cursor moved to the last group. If the
cursor is at the Items Window, the cursor is
moved to the last item.

Edit Category
Again, the edit function applies to either the group or the
item highlighted.

Edit a Group
This is used for editing the description of the currently
highlighted group. The description of Income, Transfers, and
Loans cannot be edited. The description of Credit Cards may be
modified while in the Accounts mode.

Edit an Item
You may change the description of the currently highlighted
item. The items under the Transfers Group cannot be modified.
Also, items under the Loans Group cannot be modified in this
mode. They are modified in the Accounts mode of System.

Juggle Categories
This option is to tailor your own set of categories. If the
cursor is on the GROUP window you have three options Add, Delete
and Move a group. If the cursor is on the ITEMS window then you
have two options Add or Delete an item.


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Add a Group

You can add one group expense at a time. You will be
prompted to enter a description of it. If you press the
key while typing the description, Home Accounts will abort the
Add a Group process.

Once you have entered the description of the new group,
Home Accounts will prompt for the descriptions of the items under
this new group. To stop adding items under this group, press the
key. However, if you press the key while describing
the first item, Home Accounts will continue requesting the
description of the first item for this new group. You must
create and describe at LEAST one item for the new group in order
to exit from the Add a Group process.

Delete a Group
Home Accounts allows you to delete a group provided that
none of the items of the group have been used in any transaction.

However, when you request to delete a credit cards group,
Home Accounts will proceed the group as well as the items in the
group and the credit card account.

Move a Group
Since groups are added sequentially, you may organize your
groups in the order that you prefer. To rearrange your groups,
first move the cursor to the group to be moved, then press
. Move the cursor to the position that you want the
previously marked group to be inserted and press . Notice
that the groups are renumbered. The renumbering of the groups is
also reflected the number of your transactions.

Add an Item

You may add more items to the currently highlighted Group
simply by pressing
while the cursor is in the Items
window. Please note: no items may be added to the Transfers
group and items to be added in the Loans Group must be added
while in the Accounts mode.

Once you have added an item, Home Accounts will prompt you
for adding another item. Answer yes or no by pressing to add
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Delete an Item
Yes items can be deleted! There are some rules that have to
be followed. The item to be deleted can not be used in any
transaction. This means that the transaction counter, (the
number to the right of the item description) is zero. In the
case of loans, Home Accounts will also delete the account that
contains data about the loan.

Recount Transactions
Transaction counters, which correlate the number of
transactions related to each item, are automatically updated by
Home Accounts. However, you may manually request the counters be
updated by pressing . This is handy if you are preparing to
delete an item or simply want to insure you are looking at the
most current data.

Print Categories
By issuing this command, a list of all Groups and their
respective Items is printed out to the printer.

Print Transactions
In this mode you can print to the printer a block of
transactions, a specific Group, or a Group and Items of the
categories in the currently displayed account. The following
menu is displayed to select your print options.

Selected Group/Item from the Categories
Range to Print Print Esc to Exit

To select a range of transactions for output to the printer,
press the key to mark the range of transactions to be
printed. See the Mark Transaction section in page 20 for further
details on marking the transactions. Once you have selected the
range of transactions to print, press

(Print) to start.

To print a list of transactions of a specific group/item of
a category, press ; this will display the Categories window
for a group or item selection.

Option 1. If you press when with the cursor at the Group
Window Home Accounts will print all the transactions
that were charged to the selected Group.

Option 2. If you press when with the cursor at the Items
Window Home Accounts will print all the transactions
that were charged to the selected Item.


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You may press the key while the printer is printing to
abort the print function. Once instructed to abort the print,
Home Accounts will perform a formfeed and return to the main

If you reissue the Print function after you have defined the
range of transactions, you may press

rint and Home Accounts
will print the range of transactions previously defined.

Reconcile Checkbook
Before invoking this function, have your bank statement and
cancelled checks (if you get them) ready. Home Accounts first
inquires about outstanding checks and deposits. It will ask if
you want to review and clear the open items. If you reply yes
, you will be shown each outstanding transaction in the
account and then asked if the transaction has cleared. If you
answer no , Home Accounts will display the totals. If you
press , Home Accounts quits this procedure.

If you have elected to continue the Reconcile function, Home
Accounts starts to clear those outstanding transactions by
prompting you about each displayed outstanding transaction. At
this point you may answer yes, no or . If you answer yes,
the program marks that transaction as cleared; if you answer no,
it will skip that transaction. Home Accounts continues the
process for each outstanding transaction. However, if you press
, Home Accounts will stop looking for outstanding
transactions and will display the totals.

Once Home Accounts finishes the process of marking the
outstanding transactions, it will calculate the results. These
results are available through the calculator registers and are
displayed as follows:

Calculator Register

9 Bank's Balance: This should be the same as the end of
the statement balance of the bank.

8 Outstanding Credits: This is the sum of deposits that
are not yet clear.

7 Outstanding Debits: This is the sum of checks that are
not yet clear.

Once these results are displayed, press any key to continue.
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calculator to find the problem.

By putting the results of the reconcile in the calculator
registers, you can quickly do a subtraction to determine
discrepancies. Quite often this difference is a good clue in
solving the problem.


This is a new function in Home Accounts version 3. Now you
can configured the colors and date format according to own taste.
Also this section contains information about your Home Accounts
program and snow detection (for color card adapters only).

Set Colors
This option is to set the colors used by Home Accounts to
produce the different displays. A series of menus are displayed
on the right of your video to change the colors. On the left of
your video there is a template of all the colors that you can
select from.

There are six options main menu to select from. These
options are...

A. General Colors
B. Calculator, Help, Calendar Colors
C. Bills, Reminder Colors
D. Displayed Account Colors
E. Amount Colors
F. Category & Accounts Colors
G. Phone Directory Colors
H. Factory Colors

Once you have selected an option, another menu is displayed
and a cursor for the color to be selected is shown in the
template of colors. The blinking asterisk "*" enclosed by
squared brackets is the color to be selected.

For example, lets say that you want to change the Amount
Colors. First press on the main menu, then the following
menu is displayed.


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Esc to exit

A. Debit $123,123.99
B. Credit $123,123.99
C. Positive Balance $123,123.99
D. Negative Balance $123,123.99

Now you will have cursor in the template of colors. Lets
say that you want to change the color for Negative Balance. So
select the new color by moving the cursor in the template of
colors and press . When you are done press to exit.
Date Format

There are three different date formats available:
0. American (mm/dd/yy).
1. European (dd/mm/yy).
2. Military (dd/mm/yy).

To select a format, select the corresponding number, 0
through 2.

The information page contains Home Accounts ordering
information, a method of printing it out, and the serial number
of the package you are using. If you are going to report any
troubles to us (registered user or not) please refer to the
serial number found on this page.

This selection is displayed if Home Accounts has detected a
Color Graphics Adapter (CGA) configured in your system. By
disabling the snow checking, the display on the screen is faster.


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Version 2.70 Released: 21/Feb/88

- The capability to redirect the printer to a file.

- Fixed code on version 2.60 that made the appearance that
HOME ACCOUNTS completed the printing was corrected.

- The cursor movements to scroll the Categories are the same
as in other windows.


Version 2.71 Released: 12/Mar/88

- Fixed code that calculated the date for the next occurrence

- More information was added to the On-line Help for the Phone
Directory and the Reminder.

- Fixed code such that you can get help of the main menu of
the phone directory after you have changed operation mode.

- Fixed code to accept fiscal year when the "I" parameter is
entered in the command line.

Version 2.72 Released: 31/Mar/88

- Recognizes leap year.


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Version 3.0 Released: 01/Jan/89

- On line Calendar. With this feature you do not have to type
the date anymore.

- Replaced Reversed Polish Notation (RPN) calculator with
algebraic notation.

- When recall calculator register all 10 registers are
displayed in a window.

- When input an amount, a register can be stored in your
amount when a register is recalled.

- Better layout of the Category window by having two windows
inside it. One is for the Groups and the other for Items.
This way if you have to go to the last item, first you move
the cursor to the last Group then jump to the Items window.

- Home Accounts keeps tracks of the number of times that you
have used (charged) to each item of your categories.

- Add the capability of deleting a Group or an Item.

- Add the capability to organize (order) your groups as you

- Add the capability of deleting an Account as well as
organize (order) your accounts as you like.

- Pop-up window when selecting an account. Advantage? You do
not have to guess which direction you have to scroll in
order to select an account.

- Colors configuration. Yes, you choose your own colors.

- Save position of windows that are moved around, so next time
you execute Home Accounts these windows are where you left

- On-line printer setup. Yes, you can setup your printer at
any time in the program.

- Estimates the next check number when you are going to input

- Sort accounts by Date, Check number, and Category. This
means that if you have made deposits and withdraws the same
date, deposits are first.


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Version 3.01 Released: 12/Jan/89
- It was found that old BIOS had a bug when try to clear end
of line. That was the problem that when you tried to Switch
Account or display the Categories the screen cleared away
and you had to wait awhile in order to recover.


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