How to work on Tally without mouse : Keyboard commands for Tally and Windows.

Have you ever imagined working on computer without mouse. Or what would you do when your mouse is dead. You would find it very difficult to finish your work. Fortunately this thing is not that much difficult in Tally. The reason being tally has all keyboard command for all its actions. More over it has a legacy from 4.5 which was a DOS based program the Keyboard commands are carried from that version and not yet changed (luckily good for us).
If your mouse is not functioning then for reaching to tally you have to know few keyboard commands for windows and windows explorer. There are several ways but the quickest way is to press the windows flag key + R and type the address of tally folder e.g. c:\tally9\tally9.exe etc. Whenever you would press the first letter of the drive it would show all contents of that drive, just select the folder by pressing the down arrow key and reach the exact tally exe file and press enter. Alternatively you can select any item on desktop b repeatedly pressing the Tab key. When any folder on desktop is selected the you can move to tally shortcut icon by arrow keys.
Alternatively you can reach through start menu also. You can find some windows shortcut keys on this page on Computer Hope.

After reaching to to Tally you can find which command you have to give by looking around on Tally panel. Hot keys are defined in four different ways in Tally.
1. They are in red color in menu items. By pressing them you would get the desired menu or screen. Pressing 'B' at Gateway of Tally would bring to balance sheet
2. Another keyboard command are with function keys like F(n) in top panel or in buttons in side bar. these commands can be invoked by pressing the relevant function key. e.g. F12= Configuration
3. Hot function key with Under line can be accessed by pressing Alt+F(n) keys. e.g. Alt+F12 = Range
4. Hot function keys with Double Underline can be accessed by pressing Ctrl+ F(n) key. Ctrl+F12 = Value
5. Except this there are certain shortcuts which are always applicable and of great use. e.g. Alt+C would create master

Here is the list of interesting shortcuts about Tally

Keys

Functions

ALT + 2

To Duplicate a voucher

ALT + A

To Add a voucher

To Alter the column in columnar report

ALT + C

To create a master at a voucher screen (if it has not been already assigned a different function, as in reports like Balance Sheet, where it adds a new column to the report)

To access Auto Value Calculator in the amount field during voucher entry

ALT + D

To delete a voucher
To delete a master
To delete a column in any columnar report

ALT + E

To export the report in ASCII, HTML OR XML format

ALT + I

To insert a voucher
To toggle between Item and Accounting invoice

ALT + N

To view the report in automatic columns

ALT + P

To print the report

ALT + R

To remove a line in a report

ALT + S

To bring back a line you removed using ALT + R

ALT + U

To retrieve the last line which is deleted using Alt + R

ALT + W

To view the Tally Web browser.

ALT + X

To cancel a voucher in Day Book/List of Vouchers

ALT + Y

To Register Tally

CTRL + A

To accept a form – wherever you use this key combination, that screen or report gets accepted as it is.

CTRL + ALT + B

To check the Company Statutory details

CTRL + G

To select the Group

Ctrl + Alt + I

To import statutory masters

CTRL + Q

To abandon a form – wherever you use this key combination, it quits that screen without making any changes to it.

CTRL + R

To repeat narration in the same voucher type

CTRL + Alt + R

Rewrite data for a Company


Search to keyboard commands led me to find some interesting sites on internet which are providing very good details about keyboard commands of various software.
You can find windows 2000 keyboard commands at LabMice.net page.
Shortcut keys for FireFox explorer are provided by Mozila page. This page has Keyboard command comparison about Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera.
Steve Clayton on his blog has given Top 10 windows keyboard commands but his users have provide some more insight on practical keyboard commands.
Last but not the least, This shell blog page provides some more useful explorer shortcut key for windows explorer and way to work faster with keyboard.
Related readings : Working faster in Tally
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