Fun with Windows 8

I’ve been using Windows 8 now on my new laptop for about a couple of weeks.  I *love* it!  What baffles me is the sheer volume of blogs and articles I run into that are crapping all over this new operating system… it’s hilarious really.  “How to make windows 8 look like windows 7”??  Are you serious?  Why bother upgrading if you’re going to do that?

Enough of that.  Part of the learning curve has fortunately been handled by reading other users’ experiences and searching out tips and tricks to understand how to get things to work for you.  None of what I’m putting in here is new or revolutionary, but hopefully it helps someone out!

Key note for all of these tips: I am not using a touch device so these tips are 100% for keyboard and mouse users… some might work for touch too, I have no idea! (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:29+00:00 December 24th, 2012|How To & Tips, Off Topic Articles|0 Comments

Windows 8 install tips and tricks

Time has flown by, as it does tend to do when you are not paying attention!  One minute I’m in Fargo at the Technical Airlift, dropping a perfectly functioning laptop on a hard tile floor (yes, boy, that was fun!), and the next, it’s nearly Christmas and I’m loading Windows 8 on a even more perfectly functioning new laptop. It’s wrapped in bubble wrap to protect it from myself, just so ya know… ; )

When the Windows 8 previews and betas came out, I fully intended to install them on a virtual image or something, and get to know the new features.  So much for that!  The, ahem, fortunate timing of dropping a laptop and having my other functional Dell brick fail to boot led me to a just-in-time-for-Christmas new shiny laptop.  While my American friends were eating Thanksgiving turkey, I was doing some timely Black Friday shopping.  It seems Canadian retailers have adopted the sale weekend much to our price advantage! (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:29+00:00 December 11th, 2012|How To & Tips, Installation, Off Topic Articles|0 Comments

Report Writer Series: Keys, Restrictions, Sorting, Grids

Here, at long last, is my next-to-last blog post in the Report Writer series. It’s not that I’ve covered everything you could possibly know about Report Writer, not by a long shot, but what I’ve found is some of the basic information I’ve shared thus far wasn’t as easy to find as the more advanced stuff was.  Do you want to know about using VBA with Report Writer? Editing package files? Adding Extender fields to a Report Writer report? There are many things like these that are already covered by the Dynamics GP community. In my last article I will summarize my series and include a few links to other Report Writer resources if you haven’t found them already!

Now onto this article… This one is a bit of a hodge-podge of things, there is no particular reason why these are all lumped together in one!  The items here probably deserve more in-depth discussion but for the purposes of this blog I just wanted to highlight a few key things about them rather than dig deep into their usefulness. (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:30+00:00 May 25th, 2012|How To & Tips, Report Writer|0 Comments

Report Writer Series: Custom Reports

The next in my series of blog posts about Report Writer is a brief article on Custom reports.

Why would you create a custom report in Report Writer?  (really… why?) I’ve done it a handful of times, and don’t particularly recommend it (with all due respect to David Musgrave 🙂 ) but there are a couple simple reasons why it makes sense sometimes.  The types of reports you would create with it would need to be extremely simple due to the fact there is no end user option for sorting or filtering results and no parameter input. (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:30+00:00 May 21st, 2012|How To & Tips, Report Writer|0 Comments

Why does the JE description say “Receivings Transaction Entry”?

This question came up in a forum recently – not in this exact form – but essentially the question was “where can you change the description of a transaction from a Dynamics GP Receivings Shipment or Shipment/Invoice”?

The short answer is, it’s very well hidden but it is there, and most users don’t see it and generally it stays at the default value which is “Receivings Transaction Entry”.  That means if you print transaction descriptions on a Accounts Payable cheque or EFT remittance, that’s what you see. (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:30+00:00 January 22nd, 2012|General Ledger, How To & Tips, Purchase Order Processing|0 Comments