Differences in Operation under MacOS and Windows

MoneyWorks operates on both macOS and Windows (see System Requirements for supported versions). In this manual platform-specific issues are always indicated by the name of the platform (e.g. “Windows Only” or “Mac Only”).

Keyboard shortcuts for menus and buttons are invoked slightly differently for both platforms. The convention used in this manual is to show the Windows keystroke first then the Mac keystroke, for example “press Ctrl-K/⌘-K”. In this case K is the key that you press to invoke the command while holding down the Ctrl key if you were using Windows, or while holding down the Command key if you are using a Mac. Macintosh users should be careful not to confuse the use of “Ctrl” here with the control key on their keyboards.

Some of the interface elements also differ across platforms. In particular on Windows you can tab into controls such as radio buttons (and with recent OS releases, you can now do the same on the Mac).

There are two “enter” keys on most Windows keyboards, one on the main part of the keyboard (this is called the “return” key on the Macintosh), and the other on the numeric keypad. In transaction entry on MoneyWorks these two keys have different functions. Where it is necessary to differentiate them we have referred to them as “↩/return”, meaning the enter key on the main part of the keyboard, and “keypad enter”, meaning the enter key on the numeric keypad. If you have a Windows notebook with only one enter key, you should reconfigure your keyboard for MoneyWorks in the MoneyWorks Preferences — see Keys.

Newer MacBook Pros lack an Enter key—use Function-Return instead.

UK Mac Users: You might be struggling to find the option key on your keyboard. For inscrutable reasons, Apple have labelled it alt on UK keyboards (and possibly on European ones as well).