Choose Commands from Quicken 2012 Menus in Windows 7

By Stephen L. Nelson

To set something in motion in Windows 7, you usually need to choose commands from menus. Most application windows have a menu bar — a row of menus across the top of the window. Predictably, not every menu bar contains the same menus, but they’re often darn similar. Some of the commands on the Quicken 2012 menus, for example, mirror commands on the WordPad menus.

This menu similarity isn’t some nefarious conspiracy. The common command sets make things easier for users.

Choose Quicken 2012 commands with the furry little rodent

The easiest way to choose a command is to use the mouse.

To select one of the menus by using a mouse, move the mouse pointer — the small arrow that moves across your screen as you physically roll the mouse across your desk — so that it points to the name of the menu that you want to select. Then click the mouse’s left button: Windows 7 or the application program displays the menu. Now click the command that you want to choose.

If you inadvertently display a menu, you can deselect it (that is, make it go away) by clicking anywhere outside the menu box.

Choose Quicken 2012 commands by using the Alt+key combinations

Another way to choose a command is to use an Alt key (cleverly labeled Alt, these keys are usually at either end of the spacebar):

  1. Press the Alt key.

    Doing so tells Windows 7 or the application that you want to choose a command.

  2. Press the letter representing the menu that you want to choose.

    Doing so tells Windows 7 or the application program which menu contains the command you want.

  3. Press the underlined letter of the command you want to choose.

    Each command on a menu is usually underlined, too, so that you can tell the program which command you want to choose by pressing the underlined letter of that command.

Some Windows 7 programs, Quicken and WordPad included, don’t show you the underlined letter that chooses menus and menu commands until you press the Alt key. And then when you do press the Alt key, the programs display pictures of the keyboard keys. Weird, huh?

Windows 7 and Windows 7 applications often offer yet another way to choose menu commands. After you press the Alt key, use the left- and right-arrow keys to highlight the menu that you want. Then press Enter. Windows 7 or the Windows 7 application displays the menu. Use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight the command that you want to choose. Then press Enter.

If you want to deselect a menu but still leave the menu bar activated, press the Esc key once. To deselect the displayed menu and, at the same time, deactivate the menu bar, press the Esc key twice.

Choose Quicken 2012 commands by using shortcut-key combinations

For many menu commands, Windows 7 and Windows 7 applications offer shortcut-key combinations. When you press a shortcut-key combination, Windows 7 or the Windows 7 application program simultaneously activates the menu bar, chooses a menu, and chooses a command.

Windows 7 (and application programs, such as WordPad and Quicken) displays the shortcut-key combination that you can use for a command on the menu beside the command.

If you start Quicken and then use one of the menu selection techniques to display the Quicken Tools menu, you’ll see that many of the commands listed on the menu are followed by cryptic codes. Following the Tools→Account List command, for example, you can just barely make out the code Ctrl+A. And following the Category List command, you can see the code Shift+Ctrl+C.

These are the shortcut-key combinations. If you simultaneously press the two or three keys listed — the Ctrl key and the A key, for example — you choose the command. (Shortcut-key combinations often use funny keys — such as Ctrl, Alt, and Shift — in combination with letters or numbers. If you’re not familiar with some of these keys’ locations, check your keyboard.)

Disabled Windows 7commands

Not every menu command makes sense in every situation. So Windows 7 and Windows 7 applications disable commands that would be just plain kooky to choose. To show you when a command has been disabled, the program displays disabled commands in gray letters. In comparison, commands you can choose show up in black letters.

Windows 7 command icons

Windows 7 makes your computing experience as visual and graphical as possible. Accordingly, if Windows 7 or a program designed for Windows 7 can replace a boring old menu command with a clickable picture or icon, that’s how it appears.