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QuickBooks 2009 Calculation and Editing Tips

By Stephen L. Nelson

Part of QuickBooks 2009 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re using QuickBooks 2009, you’re probably using QuickBooks it a lot to make calculations and change dates. QuickBooks gives you options for doing some of the more common calculations and edits quickly and easily.

To make calculations, move the selection cursor to an amount field and use the symbols in the following table:

Press This This Happens
+ Adds the number you just typed to the next number you type
Subtracts the next number you type from the number you just
typed
* Multiplies the number you just typed by the next number you
type
/ Divides the number you just typed by the next number you
type

To edit the date when the selection cursor is on a date field, use these tricks:

Press This This Happens
+ Adds one day to the date shown
t Replaces the date shown with today’s date
Subtracts one day from the date shown
y Changes the date to the first day in the year
r Changes the date to the last day in the year (remember that
it’s the last letter in year)
m Changes the date to the first day in the month
h Changes the date to the last day in the month (remember that
it’s the last letter in month)