Microsoft Office Accounting Tutorial

by Alex Zang

Microsoft Office Accounting was discontinued in 2009 but is still used by many smaller companies. The interface used is similar to standard Microsoft Office programs such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, and veteran office users won't have any issues adapting to Microsoft Office Accounting. Because the program is no longer available for retail sale, Microsoft also doesn't have any form of customer support for it, which can leave new users in the dark. However, with some basic instruction, you can begin using the software and hone your expertise at your own pace.

Click on the tabs on the lower left side of the screen to navigate through Microsoft Office Accounting.

Click on the "Customer" and "Company" tabs to enter any relevant information into those pages and create an invoice. On the toolbar beneath the invoice, you'll find two buttons, one that says "Word" and one that says "Excel." Export your invoice into either program by clicking on the button.

Click on the "Employees" tab in order to add employees, manage time sheets and make any changes to payroll.

Select "Reports" on the left side of the main screen in order to have Microsoft Office Accounting combine any relevant data into reports that you can print off, such as a "Profit/Loss Statement" and a "Q Report."

Create a PDF file by clicking "File," "Save As" and choosing "PDF" from the list of options. You can also save your file as an Excel spreadsheet.

About the Author

Alex Zang has been freelance writing since 2004, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared in "The Calgary Herald" and "Western Canadian Condos & Resorts," as well as online. Zang studied film production and screenwriting at Mount Royal College.