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Chapter 1Introduction to Bellwether Garden Supply


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The Sample Company –Bellwether Garden Supply

  • The sample company, Bellwether Garden Supply, is shown in Chapters 1-7. You learn about the basic features of Peachtree Complete Accounting 2006 (PCA), Release 13. Completing these chapters will help you become familiar with the software.

  • The Peachtree CD packaged with the book includes the sample company data.

  • Computer accounting skills are reviewed in more depth beginning in Chapter 9.

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Software Objectives, p. 3

  • Start Peachtree Complete Accounting 2006 (PCA).

  • Explore the sample company, Bellwether Garden Supply.

  • Back up Bellwether Garden Supply data.

  • Restore data with Peachtree’s restore Wizard.

  • Operate Peachtree’s menus, drop-down lists, lookup fields, toolbar, and navigation aid.

  • Navigate Windows Explorer.

  • Explore Peachtree Today to link to the Internet and learn about software features.

  • Make three backups: 1) Back up starting data for Bellwether Garden Supply; 2) back up Chapter 1 data; and 3) back up Exercise 1-2.

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Web Objectives, p. 3

  • Use PCA to link to Peachtree’s website at www.peachtree.com.

  • Go to the PRESS list and select Recent Press Releases.

  • Link to two Peachtree press releases and write an essay about each one.

  • Use your Internet browser to go to the book’s website at www.mhhe.com/yacht2006.

  • Complete the first web exercise in Part 1.

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Peachtree Tips

  • If you have more than one section of students using the sample company, you should restore the starting data for Bellwether Garden Supply before beginning your next class. Instructions for making the first backup are on textbook pages 17-20. This backup is for Bellwether’s starting data. At this point in Chapter 1, students have not added any information to the sample company. The backup name is bgs.ptb.

  • The textbook shows detailed steps for backing up to a hard drive location. Peachtree’s backups default to the hard drive. Students can also specify a location for backing up, such as a network location or external media. External media includes USB drive; CD-RW drive; DVD-RW drive; USB drive; or Zip drive or floppy disk drive. One CD-R, DVD-R, USB media, or Zip disk can be used for backing up.

  • The textbook steps assume Peachtree’s default hard-drive location is used for backups. If the computer has a USB drive, a USB flash or thumb drive is recommended instead of a floppy disk. (If backups are made to a floppy disk, each Bellwether Garden Supply backup requires two or more blank formatted disks.)

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Peachtree Tips

  • See textbook pages 24 through 28 for using Peachtree’s Restore Wizard. Peachtree’s Restore Wizard allows you to restore An Existing Company (the default); or, restore A New Company.For more information, refer to the Read Me box on textbook page 27.

  • Students can restore from a back up file even if no Peachtree company exists. Close Peachtree’s start up window. Select File; Restore. Select the location of the backup file. On the Restore Wizard’s Select Company window, select A New Company. The A New Company selection allows you to restore backup data, bypassing the process of new company set up.

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Backing Up, page 2

The chart below shows the size of the backups made in Chapter 1. You can specify a hard drive location or back up to external media, such as, a CD-RW drive, DVD-RW drive, USB drive, or Zip drive.

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Chapter 1 Topics

  • Software objectives, p. 3

  • Web objectives, p. 3

  • Mouse and keyboard basics, p. 4

  • PCA’s startup window, pp. 5-6

  • The Windows Environment, pp. 6-9

  • Typical Windows used in PCA, pp 9-12

  • The Sample Company, Bellwether Garden Supply, p. 12

  • Getting started, pp. 12-14

  • Displaying product information, pp. 14-15

  • Backing up Bellwether Garden Supply, pp. 15-17

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Chapter 1 Topics continued

  • Using Windows Explorer, pages 21-23

  • Using Peachtree’s Restore Wizard, pp. 24-26

  • Using Peachtree Today, pp. 26-31

  • Menu bar, pp. 31

  • Becoming an Employee of Bellwether Garden Supply, pp. 38-40

  • Backing up Chapter 1 Data, pp. 41-42

  • Manual vs. computerized accounting, pp. 42-43

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Chapter 1 Topics concluded

  • Internet Activity, p. 44

  • Summary & Review, p. 44-45

    a. Going to the Net, p. 45

    b. True/make true questions, pp. 46-48

    c. Exercise 1-1, pp. 48-49

    d. Exercise 1-2, pp. 49

    e. Chapter 1 Index, pp. 50-51

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Startup window, p. 13

  • From the Windows desktop, double-click on the Peachtree icon. The startup window appears.

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Explore a Sample Company, p. 13

  • When you select Explore a Sample Company from the startup menu, this window appears. Accept the default for Bellwether Garden Supply. Then, click on OK.

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Product Information, pp. 14-15

  • From the menu bar, click on Help, then About Peachtree Accounting. This window is shown on p. 15.

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Back Up Company, p. 18

  • From the menu bar, click on File, then Back up.

  • Click .

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Back up continued, pp. 19-20

  • Observe that the Save in field shows BCS (or the appropriate drive letter) and that the File name field shows the default name. In the File name field, highlight the default file name and then type bgs as the file name. is shown on p. 19.

  • Click . Complete steps 4 and 5 on p. 19. Read the information on page 20 (steps 6 and 7; step 1).

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Using Windows Explorer, pp. 21-22

  • Go to Windows Explorer and open the folder for Bellwether Garden Supply: C:\Program Files\Sage Software\Peachtree\Company\BCS, p. 22.

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Using Windows Explorer cont., p. 22

  • Right-click on the Bcs folder. A drop-down menu appears. Left-click on Properties.

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Copying the Bcs Folder to a Zip Drive or CD-RW Drive, pages 23-24

  • On pages 23-24, complete steps 1-6 to copy files using a Zip disk or CD.

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Restore Wizard, pp. 24-25 23-24

  • Complete steps 1-3 on pp. 24-25. From the menu bar, click on File; Restore. The Select Backup File window appears, p. 24.

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Steps for Restoring from External Media, p. 26 23-24

  • In the Location field, select

  • In the Look in field select drive E and highlight the bgs.ptb file. (Your drive letter may differ.)

  • Click

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Select Company, p. 26 23-24

  • The Select Company window appears.

  • Read the information in the Read Me box on page 27.

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Restore Options, p. 27 23-24

  • After accepting the default for An Existing Company by clicking , the Restore Options window appears.

  • Make sure that a check mark is next to Company Data. Click . The Confirmation window appears.

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Confirmation window, p. 27 23-24

  • Read the information on the Confirmation window; click

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Peachtree Today, pp. 28-29 23-24

  • At the bottom of your screen on the toolbar, there is a TODAY icon. Click on it. The Peachtree Today window appears. This window is shown on p. 29.

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Peachtree Today (continued), p. 29-30 23-24

  • Click once on My Business. This window is shown on p. 29.

  • Follow the steps on pages 29 and 30.

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Hide Peachtree Today, p. 30-31 23-24

  • From the Peachtree Today window, select the Preferences tab. Click on the box next to Display Peachtree Today each time this company is opened, to uncheck it.

  • Click on Peachtree Today’s title bar to close it.

  • Follow steps 1-4 on pp. 30-31 to make sure that Peachtree Today does not appear when you start Bellwether Garden Supply.

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Menu bar: File pull-down menu, p. 31 23-24

  • From the menu bar, click on File.

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Menu bar: Edit pull-down menu, p. 32 23-24

  • From the menu bar, click on Edit.

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Maintain pull-down menu, p. 33 23-24

  • From the menu bar, click on Maintain.

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Tasks pull-down menu, p. 34 23-24

  • From the menu bar, click on Tasks.

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Analysis pull-down menu, p. 35 23-24

  • From the menu bar, click on Analysis.

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Options pull-down menu, p. 35 23-24

  • From the menu bar, click on Options.

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Reports pull-down menu, p. 36 23-24

  • From the menu bar, click on Reports.

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Window pull-down menu, p. 37 23-24

  • From the menu bar, click on Window.

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Help pull-down menu, p. 37 23-24

  • From the menu bar, click on Help.

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Becoming an Employee of Bellwether Garden Supply: Payroll Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Read page 38. To complete step 1, click on the Payroll Navigation Aid and a flow chart pops up.

  • Read p. 39.

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Maintain Employees/Sales Reps, p. 39 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • On the Payroll Navigation window, click on the Employees link. The Maintain Employees/Sales Rep window appears.

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Adding Yourself as an Employee, pp. 40-41 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Read pages 40 and 41.

  • Complete steps 1-6.

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Backing Up Chapter 1 Data, pages 41-42 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Complete steps 1-6 on pages 41-42 to back up your data.

  • The suggested file name is Chapter 1.ptb.

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Chapter 1 Navigation Aid, p. 38Glossary of Terms

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Windows, page 1 (Part 1 opener) Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Windows, p. 1

The Windows operating system uses pictures or icons to identify tasks. For example, the illustration on page 7 shows how Peachtree uses the Windows interface.

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Graphical user interface (GUI), p. 1 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Consists of procedures which enables you to interact with Peachtree and the Windows operating system. The GUI includes windows, icons, menus, and pull-downs.

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Shortcut keys, p. 4 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Shortcut keys enable you to perform some operations by pressing two or more keys at the same time. For example, <Alt> + <F4> closes an application window.

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Title bar, p. 8 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • The top line of every window is a bar which contains the name of the application or menu in that window.

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Desktop, p. 8 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Depending on how your computer is set up, various icons appear on your Windows desktop.

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Taskbar, p. 8 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • In Windows, the Start button and taskbar are located at the bottom of your screen.

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Icon bar, p. 10 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Peachtree uses common symbols to represent tasks: a file folder for closing files; a trash can for delete; a printer for printing; question mark for Help; an hourglass to show that the program is waiting for a task to be performed; etc.

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Lookup field, p. 11 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Lookup fields have a magnifying-glass icon next to them. For example, when you click on the magnifying-glass icon in the GL Account column, a chart of accounts list appears.

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Tabs, p. 12 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • There are various tabs shown on Peachtree’s windows. The Maintain; Customer/Prospects window shows General, Sales Defaults, Terms and Credit, Payment Defaults, Custom Fields, and History tabs.

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Drop-down list, p. 12 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • The down arrow means that this field contains a list of information from which you can make a selection

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Backing Up, p. 17 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Backing up your data means saving it to a hard drive, network drive or external media.

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Windows Explorer, pp. 21-23 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Use Windows Explorer to determine how much disk space is used, and to locate Peachtree’s program and data folders.

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Restore (Peachtree’s Restore Wizard), pp. 24-28 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Previously backed up data can be restored or retrieved with the File; Restore selection. To start where you left off the last time you backed up, you use the Restore Wizard. You can restore A New Company or An Existing Company.

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Menu Bar, p. 31 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Peachtree’s menu bar has nine pull-down menus: File, Edit, Maintain, Tasks, Analysis, Options, Reports, Window, Help.

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Ellipsis (…), p. 32 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • A punctuation mark consisting of three successive periods (…). Choosing a menu item with an ellipsis opens a dialog box.

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Dialog box, p. 32 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • A window that appears when the system requires further information. Some dialog boxes display warnings.

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Default, p. 33 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Information that displays in windows or information that is automatically used by the system. You can change the default by choosing another command.

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Global options, p. 15 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Settings that affect the entire program. When you set global options for one company, you set them for all companies. You can access these settings from the Options menu.

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Manual vs. Computerized Accounting, pp. 42-43 Navigation Aid, p. 38

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Manual vs. Computerized Accounting (concluded), p. 43 Navigation Aid, p. 38

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Chapter 1 Internet Activity, p. 44 Navigation Aid, p. 38

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Going to the Net, p. 45 Navigation Aid, p. 38

  • Access the Career Development website at

    www.net-temps.com/careerdev/index.htm?type=careertalk&channel=fin&topic=careers

  • Read the article Careers in Accounting & Finance.

  • What three skills are essential for those seeking careers in accounting and finance?

  • What is the preferred educational background for an accountant?

  • List five career opportunities in accounting and finance.

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