If you use Sage 50, and have used it for a while, you probably have used it the same way for years. Even if you have upgraded through to the latest version, currently Sage 50 2012 (Version 18) there are probably lots of buttons which you don’t even notice, or things that you would like to learn about but just don’t have the time.
That is where the Silicon Bullet refresher training comes in; Alison can come out to your site and show you what all the new bells and whistles do in your Sage 50, and help you apply the new functionality to your business.
But what if you just want play around in Sage yourself and learn how the new features work?
Every Sage installation of Sage 50 and Sage Instant has a demonstration company built in, and you can play around with this with no fear of messing up your real company data. It comes with data in the form of the fictitious company “Stationery & Computer Mart UK” and allows you to try most of the functionality you would have in the main program. Some things are not allowed, such as Transaction Email, Backup and Restore so you can’t run this as a full 2nd company.
To access the demonstration data, from the menu bar select File>Open>Demo Data, then if prompted to log in use the default user name of MANAGER with no password. You return to your own company data by going to File>Open>Open Company Data at any time, and switch freely between the two. You can experiment in this demonstration company with no danger of influencing your real accounts.
There is also a practice mode which can be accessed in a similar way by choosing Open Practice Data – this is a completely clean installation of the software with no customers or suppliers showing, so you can see how things work starting from a blank page. It can be a good place to gain confidence in navigating round the software if you are new to Sage. Again, data cannot be moved over to your real company and nothing you do here will affect your real data . Each time you open the practice data, you get the choice of continuing with the previous practice session or starting again with a blank sheet.
Remember, when you are learning new features, Sage has comprehensive in-built help files which you can access by pressing F1 from anywhere in the program; support for the page you are in will then appear in a separate Help window. By using the Index or Search functions within Help you can look up how to do anything you are unsure of.
If you need to put a manual together – for example for a new starter, then relevant help pages can be printed out in order to reference later as your own bespoke manual.
So, with these tools you can start to make your Sage 50 Accounts or Sage Instant software really work for you by making use of all the excellent features which appear as standard in the software.
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