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Character-Mode Keyboard Commands
The following tables list the navigation, help, and edit keyboard commands used throughout the character user interface. When you are using a program, the Progress status bar at the bottom of the screen summarizes the specific keys used in that program.
Some commands require two keys to be pressed at the same time; other key strokes are sequential. This table uses a plus sign (+) to indicate keys pressed at the same time and a hyphen (–) to show keys pressed in sequence.
 
Navigation Commands
Keyboard Entry
Control Key Entry
Description
Go
F1
Ctrl+X
Moves to next frame.
End
F4
Ctrl+E
Exits a frame, program, or menu.
User Menu
F6
Ctrl+P
Displays list of user-selected programs.
Previous
F9 or up arrow
Ctrl+K
Retrieves previous record in a key data field and scrolls up in lookup browses.
Next
F10 or down arrow
Ctrl+J
Retrieves next record in a key data field and scrolls down in lookup browses.
Enter
Enter
 
Moves to next field within a frame.
Tab
Tab
 
Moves to next field within a frame.
Back Tab
 
Ctrl+U
Moves back one field within a frame.
Menu Bar (Browse)
Esc-M
 
Accesses the menu bar. This is not available from Windows character clients. Use the mouse instead.
 
 
Help Commands
Keyboard Entry
Control Key Entry
Description
Field Help
F2
 
Opens help on current field.
Procedure Help
F2
 
Opens help on current program.
Lookup Browse
F2
 
Displays choice of records.
Browse Options
F7
 
Opens the browse options window.
Browse Options Toggle
Esc-F
 
Turns the browse options on and off. This is not available from Windows character clients. Use the mouse instead.
Field Name
Ctrl+F
Ctrl+F
Displays a screen of information about the current program context, including the field name.
 
Edit Commands
Keyboard Entry
Control Key Entry
Description
Insert
F3
Ctrl+T
Enables text insertion.
Delete Record
F5
Ctrl+D
Deletes an open record.
Recall
F7
Ctrl+R
Recalls last saved value in a field.
Cut
F8
 
Clears a field.
Copy
F11
Ctrl+B
Copies a field.
Paste
F11
Ctrl+B
Inserts value that you copied.
Multiple Copy
F12
Ctrl+A
Copies values from one or more fields and pastes them into the same fields of another record.
Clear Date
Shift+?
 
Clears the value in date fields.
Stored Values for Fields
F12 or Ctrl+A stores values for any number of fields. Values are pasted back when you press F12 or Ctrl+A again. The field values are stored separately for each field and for each user, and the values are saved between logon sessions.
Example: Using Sales Order Maintenance, enter a value in Channel and press F12 while the cursor is still in the field to store the value. Then enter a value in Credit Terms and press F12 to store that entry. Finish entering the sales order. The next time you enter a sales order, press F12 in the empty Channel field and the stored value is entered. Press F12 on the Credit Terms to input the stored credit terms.
To store field values in a maintenance program, you must select Go or Enter through the frame containing the field values you stored. If you exit the frame using End, the field values you stored are not saved. This is only true in maintenance and other update programs. Values stored using F12 in reports and inquiries are saved even if you do not select Go or Enter to complete the frame.
Windows Character Client Interface
Because of performance issues, you may not want to run resource-intensive processes such as Material Requirements Planning (MRP) from the QAD .NET UI. In an environment that does not include UNIX character clients, you can run these processes through the Windows character client interface.
Navigation in this interface is almost identical to what is described in this chapter, with some exceptions:
Optionally, you can use the mouse to access fields directly instead of pressing Tab to move from field to field.
In browses, you cannot use the Esc key normally required for some keyboard shortcuts:
Use the mouse to access the menu bar instead of pressing Esc-M.
Pull down the Options menu to access Browse Filter, rather than pressing Esc-F.
Pull down the User Menu to access Exit, rather than pressing Esc‑X.