Using Keyboard Keys and Function Keys
There is some variety among keyboards and devices as to how Function keys, Pause key, etc. work. For example, on some laptops, you may need to press the Function key (Fn) and Pause simultaneously. See your local computer support person to identify the correct key(s) to use.
Some common keyboard navigation controls
Moves cursor to the first field available
on a screen.
Moves cursor across the page, field to
Moves cursor down the page, line to line.
Removes data within a field.
Moves cursor in direction of the arrow -
right, left, up, or down. However, this is not recommended because the
program may stop responding. See ESC
Move your cursor to the FUNCTION field,
then simultaneously press SHIFT and TAB to move it to the INTERRUPT field
(at the bottom of the STARS screen).
In the INTERRUPT field, enter the screen
or menu number, and then press ENTER to open that screen. Press F4 to return
to the previous screen.
Common INTERRUPT screens are: MT (Table Maintenance
Menu), MI (File Inquiry Menu), MS (System Management Menu), MW (Warrant
Menu), MR (Report Menu), or any non-data entry screen such as 63 (Cash Control
Clears data in a field one character at a
Clears all data in a field. Required to clear MOD, RVS, DISB-METH, and GAAP IND.
If you type in a protected area, the
program may stop responding. Press ESC
and then press TAB to move to an unprotected field to continue. Avoid this problem by using TAB rather than
your Arrow keys to move from field to field within a screen.
When entering a batch, press ENTER to save
your detailed transactions and clear the fields on the data entry screen.
When doing several data entry records of a similar type, use F1 (see below)
to save the transaction and leave the data fields filled in.
Function keys that can be used on any given STARS screen
will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. The function keys are referred
to in STARS a as PF#, e.g., PF9 or PF12.
Figure 1 - Function key example
In some screens, you can use the function keys to save
or finalize transactions, or to navigate to other STARS screens.
Save transaction and leave the screen as you left it with
the data fields still filled in.
By leaving the data on screen (e.g., vendor number, PCAs,
etc.) you can enter several similar transactions more efficiently.
Back up one menu
Use to move back one menu from your current screen.
Return from an Interrupt
After using INTERRUPT to switch to another screen, press
F4 to switch back to the screen from where you started.
Review transaction lookups before updating.
Allows you to review the transaction by extracting table
lookup data from STARS, such as vendor name and address, PCA numbers, Grants
etc. NOTE: F5 allows you to review your
transaction, not to save it.
Goes to previous screen
Move you back to the previous screen n which you were
Next sequence number in batch
Frequently used in batch correcting and viewing, F8
advances you to the next sequence number within a batch.
Advances to the next vendor record on the 21 Vendor Edit table
Use to preview the Batch Balancing screen after you have
finished updating your transactions and use to enter your approval. A detailed screen appears with the batch
header information, current approval levels, number of items entered and
computed, and the batch header totals entered and computed.
Changing a batch or view batch details
Allows you to view, correct or delete detail
transactions, or to recall a batch header for correction before its release.
Preview batch transaction
Use to preview your entered batch transaction. Not all of the transaction detail is
available from this screen.
View or select a previously entered batch
Use to view or select a batch that has been entered. This is usually the first function used by
those reviewing and releasing batches.