Hello. First let me say that I'm a kde user. I selected it as my only window manager/desktop environment a _LONG_ time ago...
That said I'm trying to get a small business off the ground and find it an absolute must that I use a financial software package. If I were a windows guy I'd probably use quickbooks. But I'm not, so I asked around for advice and then looked into KMyMoney. But I had it installed for less than 5 minutes before I found it's intro or help text file explaining that it simply isn't intended for business use...
So with great reluctance I tried the gnome based gnucash program. I soon learned that it has a high learning curve. But after a bumpy start I've learned to use it well enough to start feeding it my actual financial data. It really is an excellent piece of software that I decided I needed bad enough to try to adapt to it's user interface, which wasn't designed with kde users in mind. And for the most part I've succeeded. Though there are a few things I'd like to know how to do with it that I've come to believe simply isn't built into it's user interface design.
First and foremost among these is changing the font size it uses to something I can see when my eyes are tired and I just need to enter a few transactions before shutting my computer down for the night.
Is there a way to change the register font size in gnucash???
I suspect that if I'm supposed to be able to set an easier to see font size at all, I'm expected to do so with the gnome equivalent of:
kcontrol->Appearance & Themes->Fonts
But like I said, I'm a kde user. All I know for sure is gnucash doesn't listen to any of the font settings in kcontrol.
I do hope there is a way to do this. But I sure haven't figured out how. Could some one give me a clue???
As it is, my only workaround is to carefully size the window gnucash is running in, and hit <ctrl>+<alt>+<numpad plus> a couple of times. then center the desktop view on it so that the working parts of gnucash fill my 17 inch monitor.
Unfortunately, gnucash seams to require that I do certain things with the mouse. And I'm such a klutz with graphical pointing devices that I keep accidentally scrolling the desktop by mistake. then I have to get the &#$%$$%#$%@$%@$% rodent all the way to the opposite side of the screen to scroll the gnucash window back into view.
If my work around turns out to be the only way I can enlarge the effective character size of the fonts gnucash uses, then second most important interface issue becomes foremost. And that is how switch the registers focus to different accounts, without having to use the mouse...
The closest I can find is the Action->Jump command but to use that I first have to find a transaction in the current account that affects the account I want to switch to, probably open a split, select the transaction line that shows the transactions effect on the desired account. Then finally I can jump to it.
Is there a keyboard method of jumping to an arbitrarily selected account???
I could go on, but if I keep listing the things I find difficult to do with gnucash's user interface design, somebody will think I don't like gnucash. And really that isn't so. It's an amazing piece of software that is quite good at what it does. And I like it enough that I'm already using it. If I didn't think it was my best choice for the job at hand, I wouldn't consider resizing my desktop a couple of notches every time I change the focus to or from it's window. I'm just hoping that some some kind hearted soul happens to know how to do what I don't.