Did you know Quick Books Online has Keyboard Short Cuts??? :)

A lot of people have no idea about these short cuts!  Well they are.  There are a lot more than you would think but the common ones I will usually print out and post near the computer for my clients and their employees.  It helps with quicker navigation when creating forms such as invoices, estimates, checks, receipts, etc.  Hope this helps!! 🙂

Keyboard shortcuts overview

There are several shortcuts that can speed up the navigation within QuickBooks Online (QBO). These will all work in IE, Firefox and Chrome except where noted. Microsoft has a nice page of shortcuts on its IE10 website at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/products/windows?os=windows-10 (click Show all).

Note to Mac users: You can try these shortcuts using the CMD key instead of Alt or CTRL when noted below. Also, see our KnowledgeBase article Will I notice any differences when using QuickBooks Online with Safari vs. other browsers? for more details about Mac keyboard shortcuts.

Download a reference guide for all shortcut keys for QuickBooks Online (available in English only)

You can now download a QuickBooks Onilne Keyboard Shortcuts reference guide that can be printed for your convenience.


Access the common shortcut keys quick reference guide within QuickBooks Online

A quick reference guide for commonly accessed screens can be accessed directly within QuickBooks Online.

To access this screen, simply hold CTRL + ALT + ? (for Windows) or Control + Option (Alt ) + ? (for Mac)


Available shortcut keys

To open a second window in:

  • IE: Press Ctrl + N (you will be logged in to existing company on both windows)
  • Firefox: Press Ctrl + N (you won’t be logged in to the second window but will remain logged in to the first one. The second window will allow you to log in to the existing company so that you may work using both screens.)
  • Chrome: Press Ctrl + N (if you go to QBO in that window you will be logged in to the existing company)

To search for text in a window:

  • CTRL + F works in IE, Firefox and Chrome. Internet Explorer will bring up a pop-up window to do the search. Firefox opens a Find toolbar on the bottom of your screen, while Chrome opens a search field at the top right of the screen.

To enter dates:

  • Next day + (plus key)
  • Previous day  (minus key)
  • Today T
  • First day of the Week W
  • Last day of the week K
  • First day of the Month M
  • Last day of the month H
  • First day of the Year Y
  • Last day of the year R
  • Press Alt+down arrow to open the pop-up calendar icon to the right of a date field.

To calculate amounts and rates:

  • In any Amount or Rate field, enter a calculation. When you press Tab, QuickBooks Online calculates the result.
  • Add + 1256.94+356.50
  • Subtract – 48.95-15
  • Multiply * 108*1.085
  • Divide / 89.95/.33
  • Group ( ) 13.95+(25.95*.75)

To move around fields on most forms:

  • Use the Tab key to go forward.
  • Use Shift+Tab to go back.
  • Space Bar to check a check box field.

To choose items in drop-down lists:

  • Press Tab until you reach the field.
  • Press Alt + down arrow to open the list.
  • Press up arrow or down arrow to move through the items in the list.
  • Press Tab to select the item you want and move to the next field.
  • If you don’t want to open the whole list, but just want to scroll through the items in the text box, press Ctrl + down arrow or Ctrl + up arrow.

If a list has sub-items:

  1. Type the first few characters of the parent item until it is selected.
    • To jump to the list of sub-items, type the first few characters of the sub-item until it is selected.
    • Press Alt + down arrow to open the list of sub items, and then press down arrow or up arrow to scroll through the sub-items.
  2. Press Tab to select the item you want and move to the next field.

To save forms:
From any form, press Alt + S instead of clicking Save. In Firefox and Chrome, you must use Alt + Shift + S. For Mac users it is Option + Control + S.

To respond to messages:
Hold down the Alt key. If the button names have underlined letters, you can keep the Alt key held down and type the letter to select the button you want.

To select a transaction type in an account register:

  1. In a new, yellow transaction row, press Shift + Tab to select the transaction type field.
  2. Press Alt + down arrow to open the list.
  3. Press up arrow or down arrow to move through the list, or type the first letter of the transaction type you want. If there are two transaction types that begin with the same letter, type the letter twice to select the second one. For example, type C once to select Check, and type C the second time to select Cash Purchase.
  4. Press Tab to select the transaction type and to move to the next field. Once you are familiar with the transaction types available, you can tab to the field and type the first letter without opening the list.

When the Ref # field is selected:

  • Press + to increase the Ref #.
  • Press  to decrease the Ref #.
  • Type T to enter To Print in the Ref # field for a Check, Bill Payment (from a checking account), or Paycheck.

To save or edit the selected transaction:

  • Press Alt + S to save. Alt + Shift + S in Firefox and Chrome.
  • Press Alt + E to edit a saved transaction. This opens the transaction form.

To move between transactions within the register, selecting the date field as you go:

  • Press up arrow to select the transaction above.
  • Press down arrow to select the transaction below.

Adjusting print alignment:
Select the Vertical or Horizontal field, and then press “+” to raise the number or ”  ” to lower it. You must use the keys on the numeric keypad.

To move around in journal entries:
In the Journal Entry screen, press up arrow to move to the distribution line above and down arrow to move to the one below.

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