Do you sometimes forget where to access programs or reports in the software that you only use occasionally? Use the Quick Launch to find what you need!
The Quick Launch provides a Search Actions field to quickly find actions in the current application. Simply start typing, and a list of possible choices that contain the characters entered will be displayed, allowing you to easily select an action to launch. For example, searching for “check” will include Check for Updates and Data File Integrity Check in the list of options. In addition to the program names, common acronyms and alternate references are included. For example, searching for “attorney” in Tabs3 Billing will include all references to “timekeeper” in the list such as Timekeeper Information, Timekeeper Productivity Report, etc.
In addition to search capabilities, the Quick Launch displays the most recent actions and matters accessed and provides the ability to pin actions and matters. To pin an action or matter, hover over the item and click the icon. Pinned actions or matters are removed from the Recent Actions or Recent Matters sections and added to the Pinned Actions or Pinned Matters sections. Pinned items can be reordered by dragging them to the desired position in the list. To unpin an action or matter, hover over the item and click the icon.
Another great feature is the ability to access other applications using the application icons at the bottom of the Quick Launch pane. This provides quick access to all of the Tabs3 Software installed. No need to find the shortcut on your desktop or in the Start menu.
Tip: You can instantly access the Search Actions box by pressing Ctrl+Q.
Did you know that you can drag records to move or replicate them in the Graphical Calendar? This makes it easy to reschedule a meeting, or to schedule a continuance.
Did you know that you can reverse write offs? The Reverse Write Off program allows you to reverse a write off that was created via Write Off Client. The information for the write off will be backed out of the client ledger, accounts receivable, receipt allocation, and productivity files.
To reverse a write off
Do you want negative numbers in reports to be more visible? Negative numbers can be set to print in red in any of the Tabs3 Software applications via Print Setup.
To print negative numbers in red
Reports will now display negative numbers in red, thus make any negative values stand out!
Create a Custom Activity List in the PracticeMaster Matter Manager that shows the record types you want to see. For example, you could create a Custom Activity List that shows only Document, Research, and Timer records for any selected matter. Once created, custom activity lists can be viewed in Tabs3 Connect as well.
To create a custom activity list
Did you know that there are several keyboard shortcuts you can use to quickly adjust the date in any Date field?
Additionally, if either no portion of the date is highlighted or the entire date is highlighted, pressing + (plus) or – (minus) will increase or decrease the day, respectively. However, keep in mind that if any segment of the date is highlighted, pressing + or – will increase or decrease that segment.
When previewing reports, you always get the best formatted view of the information for reading. However, when saving a report to an .html or .txt file, you may see different formatting or missing text. So how do you get better output? By using the Optimize for Print to File setting.
When selecting to Optimize for Print to File, the software will make adjustments that help with formatting and eliminate clipping problems. This can help significantly when printing to .html or .txt format.
To Optimize for Print to File
The next time you print a report to a file, try selecting Optimize for Print to File and see the difference it makes.
Note: We do not recommend selecting this option for your normal printing jobs because of adjustments made to avoid clipping problems. When saving output to a file, the best solution is to configure a special printer for print-to-file output.
Did you know that if you are currently on Version 2020, updating to Version 2021 is as easy as checking for updates?
Version 2021 only requires you to use the Check for Updates feature (Help | Check for Updates) if you are already on Version 2020. No conversion, DFICs, or other steps. This makes it easier than ever to be on the latest version!
Note: If you are on Version 19, you can convert directly to Version 2021 instead of converting to Version 2020 first.
Did you know that you can now drill down to all payments (including archived payment) in Tabs3 Billing Version 2021? For example, in the Matter Manager, you can click on any payment to view the Payment Date, Payment Amount, which Timekeeper it applied to, the Statement Date and Number to which it applied, and more. This makes it easy to get payment information without having to run a report!
We recently made two new improvements to the Tabs3 Matter Manager feature!
Update to Version 20.3.6 or later to get these great new additions!
Did you know that the autofill feature allows you to type in certain fields in order to quickly find what you’re looking for?
All fields with lookup windows have autofill capabilities. As you enter characters into a lookup field, the field will autofill based on the information entered. The first available result will be displayed as highlighted text, with additional characters entered replacing the autofill and updating the results.
When an autofill suggestion exists, a list of possible choices matching the characters entered will also be displayed, allowing you to easily select the entry you want to complete the field. For records that use an identifier, such as the Client ID field for Client records (Tabs3 Billing, PracticeMaster, and Tabs3 Trust Accounting) or User/Group field for Calendar records (PracticeMaster), a second column will be shown containing additional information about the record (e.g., the client’s Name and Work Description, or the User Name).
Note: This feature can be disabled by selecting the Disable Autofill for all lookup fields check box in User Configuration (System Configuration | File | Open | Users).
Sometimes you want to see more information about a file, such as whether a field is set to be included on a Conflict of Interest report, or if History Tracking is turned on. Although File Maintenance provides this information, opening it requires users to be out of the software. Instead, run a File Definition Report to get the information you need!
The File Definition Report (Reports | File Definition Report) provides a list of every field in a file, and includes whether the field is protected or required, if history tracking is turned on, if the field is included on a Conflict Report, if the field is restricted, and more. Additionally, the File Definition Report provides a list of indexes set up for the file.
A new Separate PDF for each Sort option has been added to the Sort tab of both Generate Statements (Statements | Generate Statements) and the Detail Work-in-Process Report (Reports | Work-In-Process | Detail Work-in-Process Report). When this option is selected, matters are grouped into separate PDFs based on the specified sort criteria. For example, if you choose to sort by primary timekeeper, all of the matters with timekeeper 1 assigned as their Primary Timekeeper will be included in a single PDF, timekeeper 2 in a separate PDF, etc. This feature is intended to help firms that distribute their pre-bills electronically by allowing them to send a single PDF to each timekeeper that only includes the matters that are relevant to that timekeeper.
Note: The Separate PDF for each Sort option only applies when you select DropBox or File (with a file type or PDF selected) as your output method.
Time Zones are here! Beginning in Version 2020, you can specify your time zone or set it automatically as per Windows settings (Calendar | Calendar Properties). Additionally, time zones can be changed for individual calendar records. Calendar records will be shown relative to the local time for each user. The PracticeMaster Calendar, PracticeMaster Dashboard, and Tabs3 Connect Calendar all utilize the time zone setting on the device where records are being accessed. This also provides a more seamless integration of calendar records with Microsoft Outlook.
Tabs3 Connect also now supports time zones for calendar events and tasks. Tabs3 Connect will display new calendar records relative to the local time of the device. Tabs3 Connect allows you to specify a time zone when adding an event or task to the calendar, allowing you to schedule something back at the office or for another location.
Note: Only users converting from previous versions of the software need to enable the time zone feature (Utilities | Time Zone Configuration). It is enabled by default for new systems.
Update to Version 20.2.6 to start using time zones.
Additional information on how PracticeMaster handles time zones for calendar events and tasks can be found in KB Article R11836, “PracticeMaster Time Zone Overview,” or the Help included with PracticeMaster. Click here to view the “Enabling Time Zones in PracticeMaster” training video.
Did you know that you can easily review past reconciliation reports when needed, right from the software? Both General Ledger (GLS) and Trust Accounting (TAS) store Reconciliation Reports as PDFs for quick review.
To review a past Reconciliation Report
Note: Reconciliation reports are stored in the Reconciliation folder of the Current Working Directory.
Did you know that you can print a report that provides various settings specific to users? In addition to the User ID, User Name, and Email address for each user, the User List (System Configuration | Reports | User List) can optionally include the following information stored in the user file:
Did you know that you can print checks right from the Accounts Payable Software (APS) and Trust Accounting Software (TAS) Dashboards?
We’ve made it easier to quickly print checks when you need them.
As your firm deals with the spread of COVID-19, we want to help you prepare to work from home.
Resources for working from home can be found at Tabs3.com/WorkFromHome.
Tabs3 remains committed to providing top rated customer support, and are available to help. As usual, Technical Support can be reached at (402) 419-2210, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday.
We’ve added the ability to open the Three-Way Reconciliation Report via the TAS Dashboard! When you update to Version 20.1.7 or later, you can quickly run this report for the bank account’s last reconciliation by clicking the 3-Way Rec link.
Note: The text “No reconciliation history” will be displayed if no reconciliation records exist for the account.
Want to be able to quickly tell if the software is up to date? Beginning in Version 2020, when an update to the software is available, a badge is shown on the Check for Updates icon in the Quick Launch pane. This option is available for users who have rights to check for software updates.
Additionally, a notification banner is displayed on the Home Page when an update has been available for 15 or more days. For additional information about updates, see Knowledge Base Article R11804, “Keeping Tabs3 Software Up To Date.”
Have you ever encountered comments in a Client’s file stating that the client was contacted about their past due balance without any reference as to who or when? When adding comments to any Memo type field in PracticeMaster, or to the Client Notes field in the Tabs3 Billing Client file, press F5 to automatically insert the current system date, system time, and User ID for the currently logged in user. When pressing F5, the text will be displayed in the following format:
01/23/2020 01:53pm DAWN
F5 is a quick and easy way to take the guesswork out of determining when information was entered, and who entered it.
Did you know that you can quickly start other Tabs3 and PracticeMaster software from within any program? Once you have opened one of the Tabs3 and PracticeMaster programs, simply click on the desired program button in the application toolbar! The application toolbar is located at the bottom of the Quick Launch in Version 19 and later.
When starting any software from the application toolbar, the new software will use the same User ID as the current software. A software product’s button will not be displayed on the application toolbar if you do not have access rights to that software or if it is not installed on your workstation.
Did you know that you can choose whether or not to print the initials of the user who runs a report on the left side of the footer?
To print the user initials in the report footer
Although we strive to provide superior documentation in our Help files, Knowledge Base, and Guides, we know that sometimes you want direct guidance with a human touch. Technical Support can be reached by phone or email! We are here to help, so reach out to us. Here are some examples of items we regularly assist our clients with:
Phone and email support are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time). We can be reached by phone at (402) 419-2210 or by email via Tabs3.com/support. And don’t forget! Technical Support is included with your maintenance or subscription plan at no additional cost – so give us a call!
As of Version 19, we are releasing additional enhancements throughout the release cycle by posting interim release updates instead of only when a brand new version is released. So how can you tell what features you’re missing out on? Because the software is regularly being updated with great new features, we have a new resource – Release Notes. Release Notes provide a list of changes in the software with the most recently released features at the top. Version 19 Release Notes can be accessed via the Help | What’s New menu option in the software as well as in the References section of Knowledge Base Article R11744, “Introduction to Version 19 Features.”
Did you know that you can configure Tabs3 Billing reports to start each sort on a new page? This means that you can give copies to individual timekeepers without running reports more than once. Simply select the Start Each Sort on a New Page check box on the Sort tab of most reports.
Note: This option was made available for all reports in Version 19.
Did you know that the language used on statements can be customized? The Terminology tab of the Statement Customization program provides 77 terms that can be changed – including the Amount column, which is new for Version 19.
To change the terminology used on statements
In addition to changing the terminology, in many fields you can also specify to bold, italicize, or underline text. Furthermore, you can add special codes in some fields to add additional text to the statement. For example, you can enter the “+” character in the first position of Line 2, to display the Attn line before the client’s name.
To see a complete list of terminology line items, and the special codes that can be used, press F1 while in the software and enter “terminology” on the Index tab. Click a line item to see what special options are available.
In most data entry files, like the Journal, Document Management, and Calendar files, you can easily change the Client ID by opening a record and changing it or via the Change Client ID feature. However, before now, there wasn’t a way to change the Client ID for a fee or cost in PracticeMaster without deleting the record and starting over. We recently enhanced Version 19 so that you can now use the Change Client ID feature in the PracticeMaster Fee and Cost files!
The Change Client ID feature can be used for one record, or multiple selected records. Additionally, you have the option to update the rate based on the selected client, which will automatically recalculate the amount of the transaction(s). The Change Client ID features can be accessed via the following:
When you change the Client ID of a record that has been processed into a fee, the linked fee’s Client ID will also be changed.
Did you know that PracticeMaster integrates with several third-party programs? This integration provides the ability to add emails to PracticeMaster as Journal records and documents as Document Management records. Fee and Calendar records can also be added or edited. Toolbar Plug-ins can be installed for the following programs:
To install a toolbar plug-in
The next time you open the third-party program, you will be able to use the toolbar! For more information about Toolbar Plug-ins, press F1 from within PracticeMaster and enter “Toolbar Plug-ins” on the Index tab.
If you use the Convert to Fee feature, customizing your Convert to Fee Settings can be a time saver!
Default settings can be specified for calendar, email, note, phone, research, timer, and document records via Convert to Fee Settings (Maintenance | Preferences | Convert to Fee Settings). Settings are saved per user, so each login user has their own default settings. Default settings are broken down by record type (e.g., timer, email, document, etc.) and provide defaults for tcode, timekeeper, description, time to bill, and more.
For example, you can specify the Default Timekeeper setting for each record type to one of the following:
This means that every time you convert a record to a fee, the timekeeper will be automatically entered based on your preferred setting for that record type.
As another example, you can specify a particular tcode, or task based billing code, for each record type. This means that you could set a default tcode of “14 – Communicate with” for email type journal records, and a default tcode of “10 – Legal research” for research type journal records.
By specifying Convert to Fee Settings, you will have less editing to do when converting records to fees, making this administrative task run quicker and more smoothly.
We added a couple of new features to the Print Checks process in Version 19!
When using the Print Checks program (Checks | Print Checks), if the Select Invoices to Print check box is selected on the Options tab, the number of invoices selected and the total amount to pay for all selected invoices are now displayed at the bottom of the Select Invoices window. Additionally, a Tabs3 column has been added that shows the Tabs3 cost status of Paid, Unpaid, or a dash, which indicates no linked cost transaction.
In the print checks program, you can also now select to Exclude Invoices with Unpaid Tabs3 Cost Transactions from the Options tab. When this option is selected, only invoices with the entire cost amount paid will be printed. This allows firms to opt not to pay invoices until a client pays them for the associated cost.
Did you know that you can set a timekeeper’s rate to change as of a specific date? This means that the software will automatically apply the correct rate based on the fee’s date, allowing you to continue entering time like normal. For example, let’s say you want to change a timekeeper’s rate from $250 to $275, effective on March 1st. In this scenario, any time entered with a date prior to March 1st will automatically use the $250 rate, and any time entered with a date of March 1st or later will automatically use the $275 rate. This helps make it easy to change rates and have them billed correctly.
To set the effective date for new timekeeper rates
Note: New rates can also be configured in Rate Tables by editing each table.
Did you know that there are several files throughout the software in which you can mark people or accounts as inactive? Selecting the Inactive check box provides the ability to keep the associated history, but removes the ability to accidentally add associated records. You can also typically choose whether or not you want to include inactive people or accounts on lookup windows and reports.
Records in the following files can be marked as inactive:
Note: The Inactive check box was added to the APS Vendor Information and Bank Account Entry files and the TAS Bank Account File in Version 19.
For more information on marking files inactive, press F1 to open the Help, enter “inactive” on the Index tab, and select the desired topic.
Did you know that you can press Ctrl+Shift+F to open the Fee file and Ctrl+M to open the Matter Manager or Client Manager? Most people are aware of standard keystrokes, such as Ctrl+S to Save, Ctrl+C to Copy, Ctrl+V to Paste, etc. However, there are many more shortcuts to help save time in Tabs3 and PracticeMaster without your hands leaving the keyboard!
Tabs3 and PracticeMaster provide two lists of keyboard shortcuts and keystrokes to help speed up your data entry. These can each be found via Help in any of our software by pressing F1 and then entering “keyboard shortcuts” and “keystrokes” on the Index tab. We recommend printing these lists out as a reference until you get used to the ones you need most.
Going between keyboard and mouse to access everyday tasks may not seem very time consuming, but the time it takes for those extra clicks can add up. Check out which keyboard shortcuts and keystrokes will save you time today!
Did you know that you can easily access several resources, besides Help files, from the Help menu in the software?
From the Help | Internet Resources menu, you can select the following:
Did you know that you can change your view to see either more fields or fewer fields in certain files?
By clicking the (Detail/Rapid) button, or pressing Alt+I, you can specify whether you see all of the fields in a file or only key fields. This option is available in the Tabs3 Billing Fee, Cost, Payment, and Client Funds Entry windows, as well as the APS Invoice/Manual Check Entry window. Detail mode includes all of the fields, whereas Rapid mode simplifies the data entry process by only showing the most pertinent fields.
The following fields are not shown when in Rapid Mode:
Tabs3 Fee Entry – Hours to Bill, Rate, Amount, Category, Bill Code, Rate Code, Status, User ID, Date Entered, Sales Tax
Tabs3 Cost Entry – Timekeeper, Bill Code, Rate Code, Status, User ID, Date Entered, Sales Tax
Tabs3 Payment Entry – Status, User ID, Date Entered
Tabs3 Client Funds Entry – User ID, Date Entered
Accounts Payable Invoice/Manual Check Entry – Due Date, Voucher #, Amount to Pay, Discount Amount, Discount Date, Net Amount, Take Discount, Hold/Pay, User ID, Date Entered
Take a moment to look at these options and see if you can help streamline data entry for your office!
Did you know that you can easily copy records in PracticeMaster using the Replicate feature? Replicating a record adds a new record that uses most, if not all, of the information from an existing record as a basis for the new record.
When replicating a record, all fields will be copied to the new record with the following exceptions:
Note: If you are integrating with Tabs3 Billing, you will not be able to use the Replicate feature in the Billing System Lookup Files (i.e., Timekeeper, Category, Tcode, Task Code, and Location files).
To Replicate a record
For more information on the Replicate feature, as well as limitations, open the PracticeMaster Help (F1 or Help | Help Topics) and enter “Replicate” on the Index tab.
It is sometimes necessary to run a report or generate statements for certain clients but not others. This can easily be accomplished without rerunning the report or statement multiple times for each separate client range.
From the Generate Statements program or most reports, you can select a single client range on the Client tab.
However, if you click the Multiple button on the Client tab, you have the option of entering up to 50 client ranges.
The next time you have multiple noncontiguous clients, make sure to try out the Multiple button.
Tabs3 and PracticeMaster software provides context-sensitive help, but exactly what does that mean? Context-sensitive help means that you can quickly access the Help files based on where you are at in the software. Simply pressing F1 on your keyboard will take you directly to the Help file for the window that is currently open in the software.
For example, let’s say you’re on the Billing Preferences tab of the Client file in Tabs3 Billing. You notice the Bill On Demand check box, and wonder what it does. If you press F1, the Help for the Billing Preferences tab is displayed. Click the Bill On Demand link, and you can now read information on the purpose of the check box.
For another example, let’s say you have a Document Management record open in PracticeMaster. You’re not sure what the Automatically Manage Document and Protect Document check boxes are for, so you press F1 and the Help for the Document Management File is displayed. Scroll down to the File Information section, and information is provided for both check boxes.
Keep in mind that all information for fields and features may not be contained in a single Help topic. When a field or feature relates to additional topics, we provide links to those topics to learn more.
Note: In addition to pressing F1, you can also click the to access Help for the window you currently have open.
Note: The Help files provide general information on accessing and using the software, including information on every individual field. For information on troubleshooting the software, refer to our Knowledge Base instead.
When you need to send a statement to two different parties, what do you do? With Tabs3 Billing, you can automatically generate a duplicate statement by adding an Additional Bill To Address. This option makes it easy to send an additional statement to a third party, such as an insurance company. When adding an Additional Bill To Address, you can select who it goes to and whether they receive a mailed statement, an e-mail statement, or both.
To create an Additional Bill To Address
Keep in mind that only one Additional Bill To Address can be added.
Tip: If you need to send a statement to more parties and you are e-mailing statements, consider adding additional recipients to the Cc or Bcc fields.
You have a special font you downloaded for your firm to use for statements and reports. Although you print some statements and reports, you also e-mail PDFs of statements and reports to certain clients and third parties. However, did you know that if the e-mail recipient doesn’t have that font installed, the font will be replaced by a different one? When a designated font in a PDF file is not installed on the reader’s computer, the closest substitution font is found and used, but sometimes this can make the PDF more difficult to read.
The solution? You can specify that the font be embedded into the PDF, so that it reaches your recipients as expected.
To embed fonts in PDF files
Note: PDF files with embedded fonts have a larger file size, which may lengthen the processing time when e-mailing statements. Additionally, some fonts cannot be embedded due to copyright laws.
You don’t need to skip the specialty font for your firm; embed the font so that others can view the file as intended!
Did you know that you can set up your General Ledger Software (GLS) accounts in an alternate order for reporting purposes? This can be particularly useful when you need to subtotal accounts in more than one way.
In the example below, you can see how the alternate account order can be used for profit centers. The chart of accounts on the left represents accounts broken down by type (i.e., fee income, expense income, etc.), whereas the chart of accounts on the right represents accounts broken down by profit centers (i.e., Lincoln, Omaha, Grand Island, etc.).
To print reports using an alternate account order, you must enable the use of an alternate account order, and then specify the order in the Chart of Accounts.
To enable the use of an alternate account order
To set up an alternate account order, right-click in the Chart of Accounts (File | Open | Chart of Accounts) and select View Alternate Account Order. You can now drag and drop accounts to their desired position. Once defined, reports can be run using the alternate account order by selecting the Use Alternate Account Order check box on the Account tab of any report that has an Account tab.
Did you know that envelopes can automatically be printed for each statement generated using the client’s Bill To address? When selecting to print envelopes, they will be printed for final statements, but will not be printed when running draft statements. Printing envelopes can be configured via Print Setup.
To print envelopes with final statements
Note: This feature will print one statement followed by one envelope. This works best on a printer with a separate envelope tray.
Did you know that you can print a check directly from the Invoice/Manual Check window in Accounts Payable Software (APS) and the Trust Transactions window in Trust Accounting Software (TAS)?
You don’t have to use the Print Checks program to print a single check. Instead, you can use the quick print option in either program.
To quick print a single check in APS
To quick print a single check in TAS
The quick print feature in APS and TAS is a quick and easy way to print a check that you need now. Try it out the next time you don’t need or want to run an entire batch of checks.
System Configuration isn’t a program you work in everyday like Tabs3 Billing, but is geared toward setting up certain features of the software. So what settings are controlled in System Configuration, and how do you access it?
Many settings in the software can be set up once and you’re done, but others may need to be updated such as when employees come and go, your server equipment changes, or your firm changes and grows. Although each individual program (Tabs3 Billing, PracticeMaster, etc.) has program-specific customization settings, many System Configuration settings affect more than just a single program.
Note: Manager Access Rights are required to access many of the settings in System Configuration.
System Configuration is used to set up the following features:
How to access System Configuration
You can open System Configuration via your desktop shortcut, if present, or via the Application Toolbar from any of the Tabs3 software. The Application Toolbar is typically located on the right-hand side of the main window and includes buttons for all Tabs3 software for which you have access rights. For more information about accessing System Configuration, press F1 while in the Tabs3 software and enter “System Configuration” on the Index tab.
When entering fees and costs for task based billing clients, do you have to scroll through all of the Phase/Task or Activity Codes for other categories to get to the set of task codes applicable for your client? If you use Billing Categories for your clients, you can assign Task Code Sets to your categories so that when entering fees and costs, only the task codes that are associated with that client’s Billing Category are displayed.
To assign a Task Code Set to a Category
The next time you enter fees and costs for a client assigned to the Category selected, you will only see the Task Code Set assigned to the Category. This can greatly reduce the number of Task Codes to choose from.
If you accept credit cards, do you have a credit card form on the statements you send to your clients? Many clients prefer to pay by credit card, and if there isn’t an easy way to do so, you may not be getting paid as quickly as you could be.
So how can you include a credit card form on the statements you send to your clients?
Statement Designer (Statements | Statement Setup | Statement Designer) provides two layouts that have a place at the bottom of the page to fill out credit card information: CC Payment Remittance and Remittance Page. Simply edit one of these layouts as desired for your firm’s needs, and then include it on the statement templates (Statements | Statement Setup | Statement Templates) you use for your clients.
For more information on editing Statement Designer Layouts, refer to Knowledge Base Article R10901, “Customizing the Sample Page Layouts Provided with the Tabs3 Statement Designer.”
The next time you send out statements, clients can send the credit card form back with their information and you may very well get paid sooner!
If you mark clients as Inactive, you likely do not want to see them most of the time. In both Tabs3 Billing and PracticeMaster, you can use filters to include or exclude inactive clients.
In Tabs3 Billing, you can include or exclude inactive clients from the Client Lookup window, reports, and statements.
In PracticeMaster, you can include or exclude inactive clients from the List tab of any file, the Client Lookup window, the Client Inactivity Report, and Report Writer Reports.
Did you know that you can print a Memo line on Accounts Payable Software (APS) checks? Although you can enter text in the Memo field of your invoices, you must be using Check Layout L1572 with the option to print the Memo field selected in order for memos to be printed on your checks.
To specify the check layout
To specify that the Memo field be printed
Did you know there is a calculator built into number and amount fields? When your cursor is in any number or amount field, you can use the math operators (+, -, *, /, or =) to add, subtract, multiply, and divide values just as you would on a calculator. When you press Enter, the total of your calculations will be displayed in the field that you are currently in. This feature can be used to easily perform calculations without using a separate calculator. The popup calculator can be accessed from a number or amount field by pressing M or one of the math operators.
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Are you using groups for calendaring, or do you enter each user individually in the record? A group is composed of various users, and can be a great shortcut when adding calendar records for teams, managers, or any set of users. For example, if you have regular partner meetings, create a group that includes each of the partners. When creating the calendar record, simply select the group and all of the users in the group will automatically be added to the record.
To create a new group
By adding users to groups, you can help streamline calendar entries and save time!
Did you know that you can do more with Entry Lists than see current work-in-process transactions? The Fee, Cost, Payment, and Client Funds Entry Lists can be printed, filtered, and set to include archived records.
Entry Lists can be toggled to be hidden or displayed using the (Toggle List) button or Alt+G. Once the Entry List is displayed, the following additional buttons are available:
You enter data regularly; make sure you are getting the most out of your Entry List by showing the information you want to see and quickly printing lists when needed.
Did you know that some activities are logged in the software, such as when the software is backed up or restored? This information can come in handy when you want to determine when something happened and who initiated it.
A Support Log is available for viewing or printing in every program, but provides different information based on the program. Not all activities are logged, but those that have a high impact are typically included.
To print a Support Log
There are many helpful features in the Support Log. For example, let’s say you are sure that you updated statements last week, but now those transactions are showing as work-in-process again. In Tabs3 Billing, you can print the Support Log and include the Undo Updated Statements feature. When reviewing the report, you will see a list that includes every time the Undo Updated Statements has been run. The following information for each time will also be included: Date, Time, User, Statement, Cnt (Count), Client Range, and Reporting Month. Now you can see who undid the statements and talk to them to find out why.
To view a complete list of what features are included in the Support Log for each program, visit Knowledge Base Article R11288, “Support Log Information.”
As you know, one of the greatest features of our online newsletter format is that you can search our entire newsletter archive for quick tips, Q&As, and other helpful articles.
If your results are not what you expected, then try our top five tips for getting the most out of your search:
If you can’t find what you’re searching for, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your idea for a future article!
Did you know that when adding, changing, or deleting a calendar record, PracticeMaster can be set up to generate an e-mail with the record’s details in the body and the applicable users in the To field? This makes it easy to notify users of calendar additions and changes.
To enable the Auto E-mail Notification feature, from the Calendar menu, select Auto E-mail Notification. A to the left of the menu option indicates that this feature is enabled. Keep in mind that each user who wants to have an e-mail auto-generated must enable this feature.
Once the e-mail has been generated, make any additional changes as desired and click Send. It’s that easy!
Did you know that you can save reports generated from Tabs3 and PracticeMaster software as PDFs? Instead of maintaining folders and/or boxes of paper, store your Tabs3 and PracticeMaster reports digitally instead!
When printing your reports, there are two ways to save the file as a PDF:
Once you start saving your reports as PDFs, think about saving them as document management records in PracticeMaster. When saved to PracticeMaster, your reports become easily searchable. Worried about security? Assigning documents to a secure client will limit the information available to users. When running a conflict search, any hits belonging to a secure client will display “This is a secure record.”
Tip: Use the Send to PracticeMaster option while in Windows Explorer to automatically create document management records in PracticeMaster for multiple reports. For more information on the Send to PracticeMaster feature, see Knowledge Base Article R11571, “Document Management Frequently Asked Questions.”
With the ability for everyone to create their own WorkFlows, QuickViews, filters, and column layouts, these sections in the Quick Clicks pane can start to appear cluttered with other users’ additions, making it harder to find what you need.
There are several ways you can organize items in the Quick Clicks pane. You can drag items around to rearrange the order in which they appear, hide items you don’t use, and create folders into which you can then drag Quick Clicks items. Each of these options are user-specific and will not affect other users.
To rearrange Quick Clicks items
To hide or unhide Quick Clicks items
To create folders for Quick Clicks items
Customizing your Quick Clicks items is easy to do, making sure you have quick access to the items you use.
Did you know that you can specify the User ID as a startup option for Tabs3 software? Once implemented, when double-clicking your desktop shortcut, the User ID will already be filled in, leaving only the password to be entered.
“C:\Program Files\Tabs3\TABS.EXE” ALICE
For a list of other startup options available, open the desired Tabs3 program (e.g., Tabs3 Billing, PracticeMaster, etc.) and enter “Startup Options” on the Index tab. For more information on automating tasks, including using startup options, refer to Knowledge Base Article R11034, “Automating Tabs3 and PracticeMaster Maintenance Tasks.”
When asking others to check documents back in to PracticeMaster so you can edit them, do you often hear that they forgot they even had it checked out? This can be remedied by setting up PracticeMaster to show the Overdue Document List for users who have documents checked out and overdue.
To show the Overdue Document List when users log in
Now, when a user has a document checked out past the overdue limit, the Overdue Document List will be shown when they log in, reminding them that they still have documents checked out.
Did you know that you can quickly get back to the current date in the Daily/Weekly/Monthly Calendar from any other date with a single keystroke?
While in the Daily/Weekly/Monthly Calendar, you could use the horizontal scroll bar to get back to “today” from any other date, or you could navigate through the months on the right. However, the easiest way to get back to the current date is to simply press Home.
To see a complete list of keystrokes available in the Daily/Weekly/Monthly Calendar, press F1 while in PracticeMaster. On the Index tab, enter “Calendar”, and then select “toolbar” from the list.
Over the next few months, we will go through some of the best features of our new online newsletter format. This month, we’re going to talk about our newest feature – printing the full newsletter.
You can now print the current month’s full newsletter right from newsletter.Tabs3.com! Simply click the View / Print Full Newsletter link above the Feature Article to view the full newsletter,
and then click Print Full Newsletter.
You can also print the full newsletter for past months. Simply open the month you want to print via the Archive section, then follow the same links.
You can opt to print the full newsletter directly from the Print Preview page or you can save it as a PDF to view offline later.
Have an idea for a future newsletter article? Send us an e-mail at email@example.com!
Over the next few months, we will go through some of the best features of our new online newsletter format. This month, we’re going to talk about our newest feature – finding related articles.
You’ll notice this month that when you view an individual article, a new section appears titled “Other Articles That May Interest You”, with three different links to related or similar articles. These three articles are selected based on a powerful algorithm that finds related content from our archive based on similar categories, tags, and content. This new feature can help you find other relevant content on our site and help you learn more about Tabs3 software.
Have an idea for a future newsletter article? Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Did you know that you can quickly and easily change certain fields for a range of transactions that has not been billed yet? The Change WIP Transactions program (Maintenance | Transaction Related | Change WIP Transactions) provides the ability to make changes to many transactions at once instead of spending hours making changes transaction by transaction.
The Change WIP Transactions program can be run for all of the same ranges you can run reports and statements for; the Client and Transactions tabs are the same. This helps narrow down the range of transactions you want to change. The following options can be changed using this process:
Some of the most common reasons for using the Change WIP Transactions program include when a timekeeper has changed their rates and transactions were entered with the old rate, changing transactions from a print to hold status (or vice versa), and converting tcodes to task codes when an existing client becomes a task based billing client.
The next time you find yourself needing to change a large number of transactions, stay on schedule by using the Change WIP Transactions program.
Tip: Due to the number of records that could be changed using this process, make sure to back up your data before running the Change WIP Transactions program.
Over the next few months, we will go through some of the best features of our new online newsletter format. This month, we’re going to walk you through how to search for topics.
To search for articles
The results of your search will be shown with an indicator of how many articles include that word or phrase.
If you want more specific results for a certain phrase, then enter that phrase in quotes so the results will only include articles with the same words in the same order. For example, searching for practice management could return 19 results, while searching for “practice management” could return 1 result.
If you can’t find what you’re searching for, send us an e-mail at email@example.com to submit your idea for a future article!
Over the next few months we will go through some of the best features of our new online newsletter format. This month, we’re going to walk you through how to print and share individual newsletter articles. There currently is no way to print or download the entire newsletter, but we are looking into that feature for the future.
To print articles
To save articles as PDFs
To email articles directly to your coworkers
Note: When printing newsletter articles via Firefox, the right edge of text and graphics may be cut off. If this is the case, changing the print margins can correct the issue. We have seen this as an issue using the default margins in Firefox, but not Chrome or Internet Explorer.
Do you have any other features you’d like to see in the online newsletter? Let us know in the comment section below!
Did you know that you can change the font size in rich text fields using your keyboard and mouse? When reading data in multi-line rich text fields, you can quickly zoom in or out to make the text more readable using the following commands:
To enlarge the font size
To reduce the font size
To reset the font size to 100 percent
Keep in mind that changing the font size for one rich text field will change the font size for all rich text fields in each program for that user.
Did you know that you can change your Tabs3 and PracticeMaster workspace by specifying whether toolbars are shown or not, and where they are positioned if they are shown? These options can increase the available workspace horizontally, vertically, or both.
Showing or hiding toolbars
From the View menu, a indicates that the Status Bar, Application Toolbar, and in PracticeMaster, the PracticeMaster Task Bar is shown. To change which toolbars are shown or hidden, simply click the menu option to change the status of the toolbar.
Changing the toolbar position
The Menu toolbar, Application Toolbar, and in PracticeMaster, the PracticeMaster Task Bar, can all be moved to the top, bottom, right, or left of the Tabs3 or PracticeMaster program window. Simply click the toolbar gripper, and drag it to the desired location.
Alternatively, you can drag a toolbar away from any side of the program to make it a floating toolbar. When the toolbar is floating, you can optionally move it outside of the Tabs3 or PracticeMaster program window. This allows for maximum workspace, while still having access to all of the available tools.
Did you know that you can drag files other than those generated via Tabs3 and PracticeMaster software into the DropBox? This can really come in handy when you are e-mailing multiple files of mixed origins to clients, co-workers, or other third parties; when you want to save related items together in a mutual location; and more.
Once all of the desired files are in DropBox, simply select the files and choose the desired option. If you want to e-mail a group of files in the DropBox, click the e-mail icon to attach all of the files to a new e-mail message. Alternatively, you can drag the icons into the new e-mail message. If you want to save all of the files to a mutual location, click the save icon; you will be prompted to save each file individually.
Note: Files that have been dragged into DropBox are not removed from their original location.
Did you know that you can try out the Tabs3 software you don’t have a license for, without downloading anything new? Maybe you currently use Tabs3 Billing and you want to try Trust Accounting Software (TAS), or you use both Tabs3 Billing and General Ledger Software (GLS) and want to try PracticeMaster, or any other combination. When you install your licenses, a trial version of each program is also installed. This means that you can try out each program before you commit to purchasing a license.
When accessing Trial Software, sample data is included so that you do not have to create your own set of data in order to try out all of the features and includes clients, contacts, transactions, and much more. This lets you jump right in to seeing what the software does, instead of spending time setting up and entering data.
So if you’ve been thinking about other Tabs3 software, try it out at your convenience and see what it can do for your firm!
When you have a client with multiple matters, what do you do when the client sends in a single check to cover all matters? You could get out the calculator to determine how much should go to each matter, and then enter multiple payment records, or you could let Tabs3 Billing do this for you.
When entering a payment for multiple matters, simply enter the payment for one of the matters and then click the (Apply Payment to Multiple Matters) button to open the Payment Amounts for Multiple Matters window. Here, you can either enter each Client ID and the corresponding amount of the matter’s Payment, or you can click the Apply Proportionately button to divide the payment amount between all matters shown proportionately based on the amount due.
Did you know that you can add the PracticeMaster Toolbar icons to the Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Office 2007 and later? To add any of the PM Open, PM Save, PM Journal, PM Calendar, and/or PM Fee buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar, simply right-click the icon on the PracticeMaster ribbon and select Add to Quick Access Toolbar.
Did you know that you can find accessibility information about program features in the Help? The primary topic for each program feature contains an Accessibility section that includes how to access the program feature from both the Task Folders and the program menus, as well as the keystroke if applicable; access rights required to access the feature; and what the exclusivity level is in both Platinum and non-Platinum. The Accessibility section is collapsed by default. To expand the Accessibility section, simply click the icon to the left of Accessibility.
For more information on making the Help work for you, visit Knowledge Base Article R11290, “All About Help.”
You may work with multiple matters throughout the day, so how can you ensure that you are keeping an accurate account of how much time is spent on each task? The PracticeMaster Timer window (File | Timer) can be used to track Time Tasks, Phone Tasks, and Research Tasks. Each record is saved to the Journal file and can include the Client, Work Description, Contact, a Description of the task, and more. Start and stop the timer for tasks throughout the day from the Timer window as needed.
Once you’re ready to bill a client for your time, you can easily turn timer records into fees using the Process Fee Records program (File | Process Timer Records). When processed, a record is created in the Fee file for the designated client, and a timer record is maintained in the Journal file. This makes it easy to keep track of your time, and to accurately bill clients for work. Using the PracticeMaster Timer means you will never again have to guess at how much time you spent on tasks.
Do you know how to restore from an incremental backup? Make sure you are familiar with the process of restoring before you need to do it. Incremental backups work by backing up the full dataset, and then only backing up those files that have changed from then on. This means that if you need to restore, you cannot just restore to yesterday’s incremental backup because that is only one piece of the picture. The files in Tabs3 and PracticeMaster are all connected. If only some of the files are restored, then information is missing from other files and errors can occur in the software. Instead, if a restore is necessary, you must first restore the last full backup and then restore every incremental backup in order. For more information on how your backup system works, and if it is the right system for you, talk to your IT professional.
Did you know that you can quickly and easily locate your serial number and version from within the software? When calling technical support, have your serial number and version ready to help expedite the call. To determine your serial number and version, from the Help menu, select the About menu option. Both the version and the serial number are shown in the top and middle portions of the window. For more information on what is included in the Help | About window, see Knowledge Base Article R11570, “Information in the Help | About Window.”
Did you know that you can quickly add an image to the top of your statements, such as your firm’s letterhead? You can always use Statement Designer to customize your statements, but if you simply want to use an existing bitmap image, this can easily be added to your statements by selecting the desired bitmap via Print Setup.
To add a bitmap to statements
Don’t have a bitmap image of your firm’s letterhead? We offer professional bitmap scanning. For more information, see Knowledge Base Article R10168, “Bitmap Scanning Service.
Drill-down capabilities provide the ability to quickly access data while previewing many reports. When you mouse over a drill-down field on a report while viewing it in a Preview window, the field will be highlighted in yellow. Clicking the field will open the appropriate data entry window for that field, allowing you to edit the record. After saving the change and closing the data entry window, you will be returned to the Preview window. Clicking the Refresh button (or pressing F5) will update the report to reflect the change you just made.
For a complete list of reports with drill-down capabilities, refer to Knowledge Base Article R10646, “Drill-Down Features in the Software.”
There are many keyboard shortcuts that help save time while working. These favorite shortcuts quickly get you to commonly used places.
For a list of keystrokes in the software, enter “Keyboard Shortcuts” or “Keystrokes” on the Index tab of Help.
If you want to learn more in-depth information about individual features in the software, guides are the way to go. A guide is a closer look at how different features work, providing field-by-field information and screenshots where appropriate. Guides are a great tool to use when you need to know more. Organized by chapters, you can easily jump to the section you most want to learn about, or you can read it straight through. There are more than 15 guides available, each focusing on a specific topic within the software such as clients and contacts, statements, credit cards, Matter Manager, and more.
Guides can be accessed via Help and on our Documentation web page. Both of these options provide links to guides, report packs, videos, and more. Recently added guides include Customizing PracticeMaster and PracticeMaster Report Writer.