Search Creditor Invoice Items

The instructions in this article relate to Search Creditor Invoice Items. The icon may be located on your StrataMax Desktop or found using the StrataMax Search.
 

Search Creditor Invoice Items can be used to review any warnings or balance issues as well as find a specific invoice and mark the Creditor Invoice On Hold or to Tag Paid Invoices. Searches can also be completed and data can be extracted into a report used for analysis. An example of using the data to analyse expenses by Contractor Industry is at the bottom of this page.

This menu can be used by team members that are responsible for moving invoices from Ok to Pay to On Hold between payment runs. 




Search Creditor Invoice Items | Security

To access Search Creditor Invoice Items screen, the user must have the permission set to 'Allow' for 'Search Creditor Invoice Items' under the 'Menus' category in Security Setup.


Search Creditor Invoice Items

Search Creditor Invoice Items can be used to search Creditor Invoices that have been created based on set values; each column can be clicked on to sort and results can be exported to Excel. Regularly used searches can be saved, such as 'All Invoices On Hold' and 'All Unpaid Invoices'.  Search Creditor Invoice Items will search individual Creditor Invoices rather than Creditor accounts. Search Creditor Invoice Items will show Paid Date, Paid, on Hold status for each individual Creditor entered against a building.

  1. Search or select Search Creditor Invoice Items.
  2. Adjust search criteria as needed to locate invoices.  
    • The 'Invoice Date' field is used to select a specific date or date range, including an old or historic year. Or by removing (click the red 'minus' button) or changing the 'Invoice Date' field to a different field, it will display the full history of transactions.
  3. To add another field, click the green plus button, then select the Field by clicking the drop-down menu.
  4. Based on the selected Field, the Condition can be changed if required, and then you can change/select the required Value.
  5. Click the Advanced button to display additional tabs down the left side:
    • Columns to add, remove, or change the order of the columns.
    • Sort Order to change how the data in the table is sorted (by column, A-Z, etc.)
    • Advanced to change the maximum number of records to display in the table (10000, 1000, etc.).
  6. Click the Refresh button to search for the records.
  7. If you would like to, you can export the data to an Excel sheet, by clicking the Export button.


Each column can be clicked on to sort the order of records.

Search Creditor Invoice Items | Place Creditor Invoice On Hold 

To place an invoice on hold or take off hold locate the invoice in Search Creditor Invoices Items and then mark as Hold or untick Hold to remove invoice from Hold.

  1. Search or select Search Creditor Invoice Items.
  2. Use Fields to locate required invoice.
  3. Click on the Creditor Invoice record to list any Creditor Invoices for the Creditor Account in the lower half of the screen. Click 'Hold' to add the tick so that the Creditor Invoice is added to Hold and excluded from any payment process.


Search Creditor Invoice Items | Move Creditor Invoice off Hold / OK to Pay

Creditor Invoices can be removed from Hold and made available for payment with a single button click from Search Creditor Invoice Items

  1. Search or select Search Creditor Invoice Items
  2. Locate the Creditor Invoice record by adjusting the Fields as required.
  3. Click Refresh if changes to Fields are made.
    Tip: Create a Saved Search for On Hold Creditors. 
  4. Click on the Creditor Invoice record to list any Creditor Invoices for the Creditor Account in the lower half of the screen. Click 'Hold' to remove the tick so that the Creditor Invoice is removed from Hold ready for the payment process.
    • If you need all Creditor Invoices for this particular Creditor Account in the building to be on Hold or off Hold, click on the ‘Hold All’ and UnHold All’ to collectively set the status.  
    • If the Building is configured for Invoice Hub approval the On Hold will not be able to be adjusted until the Invoice has been approved via the Invoice Hub. Refer to the Hub field. 


Search Creditor Invoice Items | Edit Description

In order for this function to be available, the permission called 'Transaction entry edit reverse' under the 'Data Entry' category, must be set to 'Allow' in Security Setup.



  1. Search or select Search Creditor Invoice Items.
  2. Locate and select the creditor invoice by adjusting the fields as required, then clicking Refresh.
  3. In the bottom section of the screen, click the Edit Description button (small pencil button under the 'Description' header).



  4. The 'Change Description' window will appear, and the Description field can be edited. Click Save when done.
    • The 'Change Description' window will close, and the change can be observed immediately.


Search Creditor Invoice Items | Tag Paid Invoices

If there is a Creditor Invoice that is on Hold and not paid that matches a Credit Note entered, the Creditor Invoice can be tagged as paid. Once tagged as paid, the Creditor Invoices will no longer display in any Unpaid Invoice searches or reports.

  1. Search or select Search Creditor Invoice Items.
  2. Locate the Building/Creditor record by adjusting the Fields as required.
    Tip: Click Refresh if changes to Fields are made. Or use a Saved Search for On Hold .
  3. Select the Creditor Code and view the details in the grid in the lower half of the screen. 
  4. Untag to remove from Hold any Creditor Invoices which match the Credit Note balance. 
  5. Click Tag Paid Invoices to view all available unpaid Creditor Invoices for the selected Creditor code.
  6. Tag/tick the Credit Note and Creditor Invoice, the Difference must equal 0.00 to be able to click Save


Search Creditor Invoice Items | Tag Paid Invoices - Convert Journal Balances to Invoices

Use Tag Paid Invoice to correct Balances that have been journaled to Creditor accounts, this tool will convert a Journal to a Creditor account to a Creditor Invoice. A journal may have been entered to a Creditor account to adjust the balance, such as an ATO adjustment, however Creditor Invoices are required for any balance to a Creditor account so this tool will assist with moving the journal and creating a Creditor Invoice. 

  1. Search or select Search Creditor Invoice Items.
  2. Locate the Building/Creditor record by adjusting the Fields as required.
    • Tip: Click Refresh if changes to Fields are made. Or use a Saved Search for On Hold .
  3. Select the Creditor account and view the details in the grid in the lower half of the screen.
  4. Select Tag Paid Invoices.
  5. 'Convert journal balances to invoices' will be available in the lower half of the screen. 
  6. Click Add.
  7. Enter the details into the fields for the Creditor Invoice to be created. 
  8. Click Save

Please see the example below of a balance on the Australian Taxation Office ATO Creditor account due to a Journal being entered to make an adjustment to the Creditor account balance. The Convert Journal Balances to Invoice tool will create a Creditor Invoice for the balance.  



Search Creditor Invoice Items | Saved Searches

'Saved Searches' are designed for convenience so that you can save a selection of fields, columns, and a specific sort order so that it can be loaded later. 

'Saved Searches' can also be set as the 'default' search for the selected screen. This means that the selection of fields, columns, and specific sort order will be the one chosen whenever the menu screen/icon is selected.

'Saved Searches' can be saved for the current user, globally (accessible to all users), or for a specific user group. 

If a Saved Search is loaded/opened this will be noted at the top of the search screen.


Saved Searches | Security Setup Permissions

A security permission will either allow or deny individual Users or User Groups access to create or delete a search. The permission is called ‘Save Group and Saved Searches’ under the 'Menus' category in Security Setup. You can also type the word ‘Search’ into the filter field and click the Filter button to see the permission.

If the User or User Group do not have the permission set to 'Allow' then the ability to save a search for all users or a user group will be inactive.


Saved Searches | Set up a new Saved Search

  1. Configure the required fields and click the Refresh button to display the required data.
    • Optionally click the Advance button to also configure the displayed columns, and specific sort order.
  2. Click the Refresh button to display the data.
  3. Click the Save Search As button, and the 'Save Search' window will appear.
  4. Enter a 'Name'.
  5. Select one of the three radio buttons, depending on your requirement:
    • Available to current user only will save the search for the current user only.
    • Available to users in security group will save the search for the User Group selected from the drop-down (this radio button is only available if you have the right permission, and the User Groups available in this list are limited to the User Groups that you are a member of).
    • Available to all users will save the search for all StrataMax users (this radio button is only available if you have the right permission).
  6. Optionally tick the Save as default box to load this 'Saved Search' whenever the menu screen/icon is opened.


Saved Searches | Load or Delete a Saved Search

  1. At the bottom of the screen, click the Load/Delete Search button.
  2. In the 'Load Search' window, click the blue Load button to load the Saved Search, or click the red cross button to delete the Saved Search.
  3. If you click the Load button, the 'Load Search' window will disappear, and the screen will refresh automatically and load the Saved Search data.
  4. If you click the Delete button, a confirmation pop-up will appear; Click Yes to confirm the deletion.

When a Saved Search is loaded/opened, the Saved Search name will be noted at the top of the search screen.


Saved Searches | Edit a Saved Search

  1. If the Saved Search you want to edit has been set as the default search, it should be on screen already, and you can proceed to the next step. Otherwise click the Load/Delete Search button.
  2. In the 'Load Search' window, click the blue Load button.
  3. Now make any changes required to the required fields, and optionally click the Advance button to also configure the displayed columns, and specific sort order.
  4. Click the Refresh button to display and check the data.
  5. Click the Save Search button to save the applied changes.


Saved Searches | Add To My Dashboard

As of StrataMax version 5.6.98, there is the option to add certain searches to your own Dashboard. This is limited to your own Dashboard only (you cannot add it to the Dashboard of another user or group), and only available in these specific 'Search' screens:

  1. Follow the steps to set up a new Saved Search, or edit a Saved Search (see the two relevant sections above).
  2. In the 'Save Search' window, click the Add To My Dashboard button.


  3. The 'Dashboard Configuration' window will then appear.
  4. The Report drop-down menu cannot be changed from 'Saved Search'.
  5. The Display Title can be changed to whatever is required.
  6. Choose the Display Type that is preferred. See Display Types for more information.
  7. Tick Show On Desktop if preferred.
  8. Depending on which Display Type was chosen, the fields for the different number values will change. Observe the Preview to assist with picking the right number values suited to the Display Type.
  9. Click the Save button.
  10. Back in the 'Save Search' screen, there are now buttons to Edit Dashboard and Delete Dashboard.
  11. Click the Close buttons on any remaining screens.


Analysing Expenditure by Contractor Industry or Expense

The Search Creditor Invoice Items allows data from the building or across the portfolio to be exported to excel based on columns and date ranges you configure. This data along with tools in excel can be useful for analysing expenditure and producing reports for internal and external use.

  1. Search or select Search Creditor Invoice Items.
  2. Configure the search based on your requirements using the 'Fields'. The example below is based on exporting information for a building for the date range of 01/08/2021to 31/07/2023.
  3. Click the 'Columns' tab and ensure any required columns are added. In the example below the 'Contractor Industry' column has been added.
  4. Click the 'Advanced' tab and change the maximum number to 'Unlimited'. (Note that Excel may restrict the number of lines available to report).
  5. Click the Refresh button to display the results.
  6. Click the Export button. 
  7. Use Excel functions such as Pivot Tables and Charts to present data in suitable ways based on your requirements. See this Microsoft Office website article for instructions regarding Pivot Charts.

Example using Pivot Tables and Charts: