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Sales Ledger – Produce Invoices

To produce and send out Sales Invoices as soon as possible after you have delivered goods and/or services to your customers. The system will also allow you to reprint Sales Documents – see Parameters Form.

Preparation: The following list of possible preparation steps will help you decide if you need to do anything before processing and if you need help.


  • On the main menu click Daybooks > Sales Daybook > Produce Invoices or;
  • On the main menu click View > Configure Toolbar > Open Form – see Configure Toolbar form.
  • Check the box to the left of Produce Sales Invoices.
  • Click Apply button to display the Control Button –
  • Click the Control Button to open the form.
  • Select print options from the form which now opens – see Printing Reports.
  • Once this is complete, Click OK to open message box – click Yes to post to the next period, or No. Form opens.
  • Either: Select customer and invoice number – see forms below, or; type in a new account number then click Yes on the message box to create a new account – see Add Customer Account Form – remember to enter the customer’s full details as soon as you can – see Create & Edit Customer Accounts.
  • Enter data – each line on the sales invoice is entered separately. Use mouse or tab keys to navigate along lines and Return to accept the entries and move to the next line.
  • Click OK to close form and produce invoice or click Cancel.

Export or print Daybook Listing run as at the system date and confirm all invoices posted – see Print Sales Daybook Listings.

If required, create .pdf copy of Invoices and Daybook report and file in backed up directory.

Sales Ledger - Produce Invoices
  • Account No: Either: Click on up and down arrows to scroll through list, and click OK or press Return when required selection is displayed, or: Search for required code.
  • Invoice No: Automatically generated or enter if Override is checked on Sales Ledger Page of Parameters Form.
  • Rep Code: If enabled, select the relevant sales rep code.
  • Date: Either: Manual entry formatted as DD/MM/YY. Type over the parts of the date you wish to change – the system will skip over the “/” part itself. If the date you enter is invalid; the cursor will return to the start of the date and await a valid entry, or; click on the field to highlight data – white on a blue background – then Right Click to open the Calendar Menu – see Dates and Calendar.
  • References: 2 fields of 16 characters.
  • Analysis: Maximum 2 characters account specific – customers can be grouped together for reporting. Defaults to code shown on ledger account – see Sales Reporting.
  • Deliver To: Select Delivery Address.
  • Notes: Open Notes Form and enter text as required. Notes are stored as a permanent record and are specific to a Ledger account or Product or Service. They can be read and updated at any time by any user with access to the company. Entries should ideally show a date and the name or initials of the author. Entries will make a NOTES flag visible whenever the Ledger Account/Product is selected.
  • Click ‘OK’ To save and close or ‘Cancel‘ to close without saving.
  • Data: The account balance and overdue balances are shown for reference. You will see in this example that the overdue balance includes credit notes that have not been matched. The overdue balance is the balance which is 30 days old and will exclude any unmatched credit notes – this is normal accounting practice. It is always good practice to match credit notes as soon as they are raised.

Multiple Invoices

If you click on OK on the first form – rather than selecting an account you will be presented with this form –

Sales Ledger - Produce Invoices

You can select as many customers as you wish to send them all the same invoice – Useful for businesses that do multiple/bulk invoices for the same items. Having selected the customers just continue to produce the invoice in the normal way.

Sales Ledger - Produce Invoices
  • Code: Scroll or Search to select required Product – if not a stock item enter details in description field.
  • Line Notes: Click …. to add additional printed notes.
  • Enter Quantity, Unit Price, Factor if needed (matches the cost of individual items bought in lots with the selling price of those items sold individually. System divides the cost or selling price by this factor when calculating margins), Discount , select appropriate VAT Code. Select Analysis Code – Nominal account. Check Job – if appropriate.
  • Note: Price from stock file if stock item & quantity field will go red if stock taken below zero.

If special prices created clicking on the prices button will bring up –

Sales Ledger - Produce Invoices
  • When line details complete click on ‘Add’ to add to grid.
  • Click on ‘Update‘ if you wish to amend – update then click on ‘Update‘ again.
  • Insert’ inserts line details above highlighted row.
  • ‘Delete‘ deletes highlighted line on grid.
  • ‘Clear’ clears entries in line – not the grid.

‘OK‘ to save or ‘Cancel’ to clear and close without saving.

Sales Ledger - Produce Invoices
  • Overall Discount: Discount applying to total invoice value.
  • PP Discount: Prompt Payment discount available for settlement within number of days from invoice date.
  • Notes & Narrative: Text which can be displayed on invoices/credit notes as required by including these fields in your Stationery Design.
  • ‘OK’: Update ledgers, generates and prints invoice/credit note .
  • If Use document reprints field is checked on Sales Page click Yes to reprint – see Parameters Form.
  • Cancel: Click to open warning message box – click Yes to close form without update, No to return to page.

If, when processing invoices, the account is over its credit limit or payment terms the following warning appears.

Sales Ledger - Produce Invoices

In EPOS parameters if ‘Enable EPOS receipt in Sales Daybook Invoices is checked the following tab is added to the Sales Invoice production form. This allows formal invoices to be created for till sales and payment to be immediately posted. The payment will update the till’s payment analysis.

Sales Ledger - Produce Invoices

A margin by invoice value display is available on request –

Sales Ledger - Produce Invoices

The calculation is based on these two fields in Stock Maintenance –

Sales Ledger - Produce Invoices

The margin percent is colour coded (background) depending on the percentage achieved. The prelude.ini file looks like –

Sales Ledger - Produce Invoices

The margin display is activated when SHOWMARGIN=Y. The background colour shown will be Amber if percent is equal to or greater then 15%, Yellow if greater than 20% and Green if greater than 25%. These values can be changed to suit but each one must be greater than the previous. If the percentage is les than the amber margin the colour will be Red.


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