Product Folders

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Folders allow you to visually organize your products within the product database. This feature makes finding products in QuoteWerks Native Product Databases easier.

Select the Products -> Lookup menu to display the Product Lookup window:

On this window, when you click on a native database listed in the upper left corner of the window, you will notice that folders underneath that database appear.

There are two types of folders: Static folders and Dynamic folders.

Selecting a folder will display the items that are associated with the selected folder. Selecting the main database icon will list all the items in that database. For example, if you sell stereo systems, you could create a folder called “speakers”, and associate all the speaker products with that folder. This provides an intuitive way to find associated products.

Note:The Folders feature is not available for external databases. There is a workaround however, which will be discussed below in the “External Database Folder Workaround” note.

Dynamic ("Auto") Folders

Dynamic “Auto” folders are automatically created based on the product information that is in the database. One such dynamic folder is the “(Manufacturers)” folder. The “(Manufacturers)” folder and all of its sub-folders are “system” folders in that they cannot be manually created, renamed or deleted. It will automatically exist in all native product databases. You also cannot manually create folders as sub-folders of these “system” folders.

When this “(Manufacturers)” folder is clicked on, QuoteWerks will query the database to find a list of all the different manufacturer names entered into the manufacturer field of each product. Then QuoteWerks creates a folder for each of the manufacturers as a child folder of the “(Manufacturers)” folder. These child folders are also dynamic “Auto” folders and therefore cannot be manually created, renamed or deleted.

When one of the automatically created manufacturer folders is clicked on, QuoteWerks dynamically queries the database for a list of all the products that are made by the selected manufacturer.

The benefit of “Auto” folders is that as you add more products into the database, the products are automatically listed under any applicable “Auto” folder.

Static Folders

Unlike dynamic (“Auto”) folders, static folders are not created automatically. Static folders must be created manually and products must be manually associated with the Static folders.

Creating, Renaming, and Removing Static Folders

Simply select a native product database from the database list, and right-click to display the context menu. This menu will give you the option to create a new folder, rename an existing folder, or delete a selected folder. To create a folder inside another folder, simply select the folder, right-click and select New and the folder will be created under the folder that was selected.

Arranging Static Folders

Once folders have been created, they can be re-arranged. Simply select a folder, right-click and select Cut. Then select the folder that you want the folder placed into, right-click and select Paste.

Note:Folders can only be cut and pasted within the same product database. You cannot copy folders to another product database.

Associating Products with Static Folders

To associate a Product/Service item with a folder, select the item(s) in the Product Lookup window, right-click and select Copy from the menu. Then select the folder that you want to associate the product(s) with, right-click and select Associate copied item(s) with this folder from the menu.

Note:You can associate an item with more than 1 product folder.

Disassociating Products with Static Folders

There are two methods to disassociate a product or service with a folder(s). The first is similar to the Associate copied item(s) with this folder: Select the item(s) in the Product Lookup window, right-click and select Copy from the menu. Then select the folder that you want to disassociate the product(s) with, right-click and select Disassociate copied item(s) with this folder from the menu.

For the second method, select the item from the Product Lookup window, then click on the [Edit] button in the bottom right-hand corner of the Product Lookup window. Select the Advanced tab. In the Folder List section of the Advanced tab you can see what folders this item is associated with.

To change or disassociate an item(s) association with a folder, select the folder name from the list of folders and press the [Delete] key on your keyboard. When the Remove product from folder? window appears, confirm the disassociation by clicking on the [Yes] button.

Note:Folders are only a way to display a grouping of the products. All of the products are physically stored in the native product database. Deleting a product from a folder will actually delete the product from the database. To remove a product from the folder, you need to disassociate it from the folder as per the instructions above.

External Database Folder Workaround

QuoteWerks’ folder feature does not directly support external databases. To work around this, you can set up a native product database and copy some of your favorite products from the external databases into this native product database.

To do this, simply find a product(s) in the external database, right-click on it and select Copy. Then, select your native product database, right-click over the grid, and select Append Paste from the menu. With that newly pasted product selected, click on the [Edit Product] button, and change the vendor name on the Advanced tab to the Vendor of that selected product.

Now, when you select this “Vendor” product from the native database, it will add the product to the quote as if it was the vendor’s product.

Copying a vendor’s part into a native product database has 2 advantages. First, you can organize these parts in the folders, and second, you can modify the vendor’s descriptions to be more recognizable.

Folder Properties

To view the properties of a folder, right click on the folder and choose the Properties menu.

For static folders this will display the folder ID which can be used when importing products.


Related Topics:

Maintaining Products and Services

Creating Products and Services

Editing Products and Services