Before we get started, let’s cover a few of the conventions used in
throughout this guide to describe the processes you’ll use as you work in
Click, double-click and right-click - Most items are
activated with a single click. If a double-click is necessary, this
guide will tell you. To right-click, use the button on the right side of
Menus - Menus are at the top of the window throughout
WinTOTAL. They are labeled “File,” “Tools,” etc. to provide a general
indication of what each menu contains.
PowerView - Functions in WinTOTAL are arranged in screens
called “PowerViews.” When a report is open, you’ll notice buttons at the
top labeled “Order,” “Form,” “Comps,” etc. to indicate which functions each of
these PowerViews contain. Simply click any of these buttons to switch
PowerViews and address the corresponding sections of your report.
PowerPanes - In every PowerView, you’ll find a sub-menu
of options located on the lower-left side of the screen. This PowerPane
takes you quickly to the sub-functions applicable to the current
PowerView. For example, in the Comps PowerView is a Comps PowerPane,
allowing you to switch between your Comps database and the Side-by-Side view
of your comps grid.
Select - When this guide tells you to select something,
it means to click it once. Often, an item that has been selected appears
to be highlighted to indicate that you have selected it.
Window/Dialog - Throughout this guide, we’ll use the
terms “window” and “dialog” when referring to the active screen.
Tabs - Some windows within WinTOTAL have “tabs” to help
you navigate through the content in the window. Tabs are effectively the
same in WinTOTAL as tabs you may find on manila folders you’d use to file
physical copies of important documents. You’ll notice these throughout
WinTOTAL, particularly as you fill out your forms.
Links, URLs, web addresses, and hyperlinks - Each of
these items refer to nearly the same thing. Links and hyperlinks are
actually just words that you can click to “link” to another program, website,
or other content. Typically, these “links” are indicated by their
appearance as they are often blue and underlined. “Web addresses” and
“URLs” refer to the address connected to the hyperlink. For instance, a
link to our Video Library, would take you to the “web address” or “URL” of http://www.alamode.com/wintotal/videos.
Fields - Fields are any places in WinTOTAL – whether in a
form or in a dialog box - where you can type information.
Drop-down lists - Often, fields in a WinTOTAL form or
dialog box will have an arrow displayed on the right side of them. By clicking
the arrow, you can access a picklist of items. You can also use the
Alt+Down Arrow keyboard shortcut to open these lists.
Pop-up Lists - Similar to Drop-down lists, only they will
appear either above or below the link you click, depending upon where they
appear on your screen.