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Sage 50 Learning Center


Welcome to the Sage 50 Learning Center, Perdisco’s reference guide to using:

  • Sage 50 Complete Accounting 2013 (US Edition),
  • Sage 50 Complete Accounting 2015 (US Edition),
  • Sage 50 Complete Accounting 2017 (US Edition), and
  • Sage 50 Complete Accounting 2022 (US Edition).

This Sage 50 Learning Center has been published by Perdisco to support our range of innovative computerized accounting practice sets.

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 most of the screen shots in this Learning Center. While there are minor differences between the four 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 or 2017 or 2022.

Summary of content

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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:

  • Software: 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.

  • Getting Started: 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.

  • Inventory: 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.

  • Banking: This section explains how to record miscellaneous cash transactions, create a bank deposit and perform a bank reconciliation.

  • System: This section provides instructions on how to back up and restore your company data files should you ever need.

  • Troubleshooting: As an added bonus, we have specifically created the troubleshooting section that shows you how to quickly find and fix errors.

  • Quick Reference: 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.

  • Videos: This section allows you to view all of the videos that are available in this Learning Center.

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Helpful Hint!

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 Learning Center.

  • 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.

  • Record transactions. 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 that section. 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 appropriateness.

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 and Perdisco's terms of use page and your use of this website for 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, terms of use, disclaimers, limitations, attributions, and Perdisco branding must remain in place and unaltered.

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.