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Steve Collins
IQ Accounting Solutions

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Sage 50 2018 New Features

Version 2018 of Sage 50 U.S. Edition (formerly Peachtree Accounting) released on July 12th. As usual, notification to users of the update will be staggered to spread out the load on Sage’s servers. There are several updates, some big and some small, including the first significant update to the user interface in about 10 years. […]


Combining the contents of multiples cells in an Excel spreadsheet is easy thanks to the Concatenate function.

Sending Sage 50 Invoices to More Than One Email Address

Do you have customers that want you to email invoices to more than one email address but you assumed it can’t be done because there’s no opportunity to select a second contact? Well, there’s a simple work-around, other than manually adding another recipient in Outlook. In Maintain Customers/Prospects, the E-mail field on the General tab […]

Reset an Excel Spreadsheet – Delete your data but not your formulas

Have you ever built a spreadsheet and then wanted to re-use it, say for the next year, but realized you forgot to save a blank copy? That means you have to delete all the data that was entered into the workbook while being careful not to delete any of your formulas. That can be a […]

Sage 50 – A workaround for Item IDs that are too long to see in transaction entry screens.

Many people ask if there’s a way to make the Item ID column wider in transaction entry screens, such as Sales Invoicing and  Purchases/Receive Inventory (AKA Enter Bills). Even though there isn’t, there is a work-around that can work for many people. The basic idea is to add the Item ID to the Item Description […]

Find & Replace in Excel

Excel’s Find and Replace feature lets you quickly update information anywhere in your spreadsheet with just a few clicks.

Sage Summit 2017

Sage Summit 2017: Sage’s annual conference is in Atlanta this year on May 10th & 11th. I’ll be leading 3 roundtable discussions for Sage 50 users.These are designed to be discussion oriented question & answer sessions rather than lecture style sessions. If you’re coming to Summit I’d love to have a chance to meet my […]

Sage 50 2017.2 Update New Features

Sage recently started rolling out the second update (2017.2) to Sage 50 2017. Updates are released gradually to users so that Sage’s servers (and technical support) don’t get overwhelmed. Everyone on a current subscription or Business Care plan should receive the download notification soon. You can also go to the Services menu in Sage 50 […]


Giving a name to a range of cells can make it much easier to write formulas or jump to a specific location.

Item Sales History By Customer list

Whether you want to know which customers are buying an inventory item or if you want to know which items a customer is buying, the Item Sales History by Customer, hidden in Lists instead of Reports, will help you find the information you need quickly.