A typical Bloomberg Professional terminal will have two monitors and a unique keyboard.
The dual monitors are helpful as they allow Bloomberg users to view multiple diplays simultaneously. Upon logging in, at least 2 individual panels or windows will open. Similar to the dual monitors, multiple panels allow users to multi-task, by viewing or comparing different sets of data simultaneously. The active panel will show a blue flashing cursor. You can switch between panels using the <PANEL> key or by clicking on the panel that you wish to work on.
In addition to the monitors and panels, Bloomberg Professional will also have a unique keyboard. This keyboard is developed to make using the menu-driven navigation in Bloomberg Professional easier. For more on the keyboard, keep reading.
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The Bloomberg keyboard is color-coded to provide users with quick access to data and functions.
Yellow Keys - Market Sector Keys
Green Keys - Action Keys
Red Keys - Cancel & Log Off Keys
Keys to know:
Esc/Cancel - Think of it like a normal Escape key. Striking it will stop whatever you are doing.
Enter/GO - Think of it like a normal Enter key. You will use this after every command that you enter.
Print - Press Print once to print the current page or enter number of pages you wish to print & Print (ex. 5 Print)
Menu - Press Menu to navigate from any function back to a menu of related functions (and ultimately back to the main menu).
End/Back - Will take you back to the key previous screen.
Help - Press Help key once to display help function and a description of the current function that you are using. Press help two times to email the Bloomberg 24 hour help desk.
For more assistance with the Bloomberg Keyboard, download the Getting Started Guide.
The Bloomberg platform offers flexibility for searching, featuring two frequently used options:
1. Browsing Menus
Bloomberg functions are organized by menus that are classified by market sector or product type. Each menu is part of a heirarchy.
You can access menus using the Menu button on the screen, the Menu Key, or using a Yellow Market Sector Key. This method is recommended for new users - It gives users a sense of the data and information available in Bloomberg and see what functions are available.
2. Using Function Codes
An alternative to using the menus is to search by function code. By entering a directly into the command bar, users can eliminate the steps. This guide offers lists of frequently used codes.
There are 2 types of function codes: Security Specific, for analyzing a loaded security and Non-security specific, for locating information on a sector or news & events.
To load a security, enter the ticker or identifier, hit the Market Sector key that represents the asset type, and then click on the Enter/GO key.
Not sure where to start?
The auto-complete feature helps you find the the security or function that you are searching for.
Full Search using Help
Launchpad is a powerful feature that gives users the ability to combine & consolidate the Bloomberg content that you use most. Monitor data, group components, customize function panels, and share ideas with other Bloomberg users with this unique tool.
For more information on Launchpad, download the guide from Bloomberg.
CHEAT: Directory of Bloomberg Cheatsheets
EASY: Tips and Shortcuts
BU: Bloomberg University
Two ways to export Bloomberg data into Excel
Copying and pasting tables from Bloomberg to Excel
To save a screen go to Export, click on Grab Screen. Not all screens can be saved. You can also type GRAB <GO>
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