Quick Reference Guide
Requests a one line description of what is expected in the field.
In the ACTION Field, requests a description of the current screen. This description will list any customized commands or screen processes that are not explained below. In the data fields, requests an extended description of the field. To exit Extended Help without scrolling through all information press '^'. A function key may be defined to perform this command. Look for a function key labeled 'Help'.
F4 or Ctrl-G
Rewrites (refreshes) the screen. F4 may not work due to having been redefined to perform another command. Any function key can be defined to refresh a screen. However, Ctrl-G should always work.
Action Field Commands
If entering new information or changing data already on file see 'Storing New or Changed Data to a File' on the next page.
Entry mode. QUICK prompts for each field, then returns to the ACTION field so corrections and/or requests of values entered can be stored in the files.
Append mode. Works just like Entry mode except QUICK allows new data to be added to what is already on the screen.
(RETURN) Next Data. Begins the next entry sequence.
Find mode. Each record stored in the file will have one or more key fields used for rapid retrieval of related records. QUICK prompts for a value to one of the key fields, then retrieves and displays your data based on that value. Press (RETURN) for the next record in the file with the same key value, or make changes to the data on the screen.
Select mode. QUICK first prompts for key values as in FIND mode, then returns to the ACTION field. From here enter ID numbers corresponding to non-key fields; QUICK prompts for a value in those field(s) and uses the values entered as additional selection requirements during retrieval. Using the '%' and '@' symbols allow selections to be made based on partial field values. For example, %HANS@ may be entered to select HANSON, HANSEN, HANSEL, etc. To begin the search, press (RETURN) when prompted for another ID in the ACTION field. Ctrl Y may be used to stop a search that is taking too long. As in Find mode, once QUICK finds a record matching the selection values, it will retrieve and display the data; then press (RETURN) to continue the search or type an ID number and make changes to the displayed data.
Next. On screens that have repeating detail groups (clusters) linked to one master, this command interrupts the retrieval of additional detail clusters and continues with the next master and its associated detail information.
Next Data. Retrieves and displays the next screen load of data, if any; a blank screen indicates no more matching records were found.
ID number. Tells QUICK which field to move to in order to make changes, request help, etc. If the ID number entered is a menu selection rather than a data field, entering the number takes the client to the corresponding screen or function.
A range of fields to be moved to. QUICK moves to each field in turn.
Delete. Marks all data on the screen for deletion.
Delete Cluster. Marks a repeating group of fields for deletion. Use only the ID number of the first field in the cluster to tell QUICK to delete ally the fields in that cluster record.
Marks a range of clusters for deletion. Once again, use only the ID number of the first field in each cluster to tell QUICK to delete all the fields in that cluster.
Storing New or Changed Data To A File
After entering, changing, or deleting data, one of the following commands must be entered to store the data in a file.
Update. Stores all data on the screen to a file, then clears the data fields and continues with the next Entry/Find/Select/Append sequence or command. (See also 'UN' below).
Update Return. Stores the data on the screen to a file, but, instead of clearing the screen, QUICK returns to the previous screen (or exits if there is no previous screen).
Update Stay. Stores the data on the screen to a file, but leaves the data on the screen and prompts at the ACTION field for the next command.
Update Next. Stores the data on the screen to a file and then automatically retrieves the next record or records matching the key value and selection criteria, if any. If no more records are found the screen is cleared.
^ or F8
(RETURN). Returns to the previous screen if there is one, or exits from QUICK if the current screen is the first screen.
Return to Stop screen. Returns to a Stop screen if there is one, or exits QUICK from any screen if no Stop screen exists.
Commands Issued From Data Fields
Next field. Moves to the next field (unless at a required field in which case a value must be entered unless already at the last field on the screen in which case the client is returned to the ACTION field).
Returns to the ACTION field without erasing entries or changes.
^ or F8
Cancel. Returns to the ACTION field and erases any data entered or changes made (since the last Update). As a safeguard, QUICK asks the client to repeat the command before clearing any data.
Backup. Moves backward on the screen one ID number at a time without erasing entries or changes.
(Underline) Duplicates the last occurrence of this field.
Skip Cluster. Moves to the next group of fields unless the current group has a required field that has not been entered, in which case QUICK will stop at the required field.
Moves to the specified field. This command cannot be used to skip required fields.
? or ??
See 'HELP COMMANDS' on the first page.
After gaining some experience with QUICK commands, the client may want to enter commands and/or data faster than one step at time. To do so, simply enter multiple commands or fields of data on one line separated by semicolons (;).
For example: 2;F;123456789;6;12/24/86;UR
Assuming the client has been presented with an initial menu screen, the above rapid-fire commands moves to the screen associated with ID number two, find the first record with a key value of 123456789, change the value of the field associated with ID number six to '12/24/86', store the change to the file, and return to the initial menu screen from which the rapid-fire commands were entered.