Peachtree is now called Sage 50.
It's the same small business accounting software that you have always used, but now has a new name.
Sage 50 Learning Center
Welcome to the Sage 50 Learning Center, Perdisco’s reference
guide to using:
- Sage 50 Complete Accounting 2013, and
- Sage 50 Complete Accounting 2015.
In our Learning Center, you will be able to access extensive learning
resources including video tutorials, numerous
screen illustrations and detailed step-by-step instructions on using Sage 50.
Please be aware that Sage 50 Complete Accounting 2013
was used to create the screen shots in this Learning Center. While there are minor differences
between the two versions, the differences are not material and do not
significantly alter the way that you complete tasks using the software.
Since any differences are explained in the instructions in this Learning Center,
you are still able to use this Learning Center if you are using
Sage 50 Complete Accounting 2015.
This Sage 50 Learning Center has been published by Perdisco to support our range of
innovative computerized accounting practice sets. The
production team responsible for this Sage 50 Learning Center
was led by Raechel Wight.
Summary of content
To help you master the key software features that are tested
in our computerized accounting practice sets,
we have organized our learning resources into sections. The sample company data provided by
Sage 50 (Bellwether Garden Supply) is used to illustrate the concepts and tasks that
are covered in the sections below:
This section provides instructions on how to install Sage 50 on a single
computer and set your computer to use US dollar
and date formats. It also demonstrates how to uninstall Sage 50.
Once you have obtained access to Sage 50, if you are lost as to where to
start, we recommend reading this section first. This section introduces you to the
windows-based user interface that is used in this software, demonstrates how information is
entered into Sage 50 and shows you how to modify global options, the system date and accounting period
so you are ready to start using Sage 50.
This section also provides instructions on how to create a new company file,
modify the chart of accounts and enter beginning balances into the accounts.
You will also find information on how to record an entry into the general journal
and how to display a range of reports provided in Sage 50.
Customers & Sales.
This section covers how to record the key steps in the sales cycle from setting
up customer records to recording sales transactions.
Vendors & Purchases.
This section shows you how to record the key steps in the purchases cycle from
setting up vendor records to recording purchase transactions.
This section explains how you can set up your inventory records so you are ready to start recording
inventory transactions into Sage 50.
Employees & Payroll.
This section shows you how to set up employee records and process payroll transactions.
This section explains how to record miscellaneous cash transactions, create a bank deposit and
perform a bank reconciliation.
This section provides instructions on how to back up and restore your
company data files should you ever need.
As an added bonus, we have specifically created the troubleshooting section that shows you
how to quickly find and fix errors.
Read this section to obtain a quick overview of Sage 50 and its
functionality as well as a set of procedures to follow when entering information
into Sage 50.
This section allows you to view all of the videos that are available in this Learning Center.
Note that if you are completing one of our
computerized accounting practice sets, you are asked
to perform the following tasks:
Create a new company file.
For instructions on how to create a company
file, see the create a new company
topic in the getting started section of this
Set up company records.
Instructions on how to set up company records are provided in different sections of this Learning Center.
If you are looking for
instructions how to set up a chart of accounts, view the getting started section. You can find other
setup instructions in the customers & sales,
vendors & purchases, inventory, and employees & payroll sections.
Instructions on how to record transactions are also provided in different sections of
this Learning Center. For instructions on how to record a transaction, you first need to identify the
appropriate transaction type and locate the
detailed instructions for that transaction type in the appropriate section of the
Learning Center. For example, if you are looking for instructions on how to
record a sales order, go to the recording a sales order topic in the
customers & sales section of this Learning Center.
Note that adjusting entries are entered into the general journal. You will find instructions
detailing how to do this in the general journal topic in the
getting started section of this learning center.
Navigating the Learning Center
There are many ways to navigate this Sage 50 Learning Center. One way is to use the
menu bar that is displayed on the top left side of this page.
This menu bar allows you to access all of the sections in this Learning Center.
Click the section's name to open the main page of that section and to obtain
a brief summary of the concepts covered and links to subsequent pages.
Note that you can also expand this menu bar by clicking the arrow symbol ‘>’
that is shown next to some of the section links such as Software and Getting Started.
Clicking the arrow symbol next to a particular section will result in the menu bar displaying a
list of topics covered in that section and will also open the main page of
To view detailed instructions about a particular topic, just click the
appropriate topic link on the menu bar or on the section main page.
Alternatively, you can click on the
site map to view the overall structure
of the Learning Center and every page within it.
Use, copyright and disclaimers
This Sage 50 Learning Center has been published by Perdisco primarily
to support undergraduate students studying an introductory or intermediate level financial
accounting course at a government-recognized US college or university that has adopted one of our
innovative computerized accounting practice sets.
Its use by any other person or party, in any other country for any other purpose may not be
appropriate and it is up to that person or party to make their own decision regarding that
The use of this Learning Centre by any person or party ("you") is subject to the copyright and
other disclaimers on this page and Perdisco's attribution page
any purpose is deemed to represent your agreement with all of the terms on those three pages and
your agreement to be bound by them.
Perdisco makes all of the instructional and multi-media content in this Learning Center openly
available on the web for free for non-commercial personal use. However, while this content is both
openly available and free to use on a personal basis, please understand that Perdisco owns any and
all of its rights and that, in particular, it is still fully subject to the copyright ownership of
Perdisco. You may only use this content by reading, viewing, interacting and linking to it in the
direct context of this website and you must not use, quote, copy, or alter this content in any way,
use it in a derivative work, or present it in any way that claims it to be your own. All copyrights,
This Learning Center is presented "as is" and Perdisco makes no warranties about this content nor
its fitness for any particular purpose or course of academic study and Perdisco disclaims any and
all warranties or liability, whether express or implied, relating to its use. Without limiting the
generality of this disclaimer, it is noted that the content and instructions within this Learning
Center may have been simplified to support the early academic study of accounting and therefore this
Learning Center must not be used for business or commercial purposes or to support any real-world
application or to make any real financial decision.
Inquiries about this content, adopting one of our practice sets for use in a course of study, or
using this Learning Center for a business or commercial purpose or in a derivative work, should be
addressed to Perdisco.