Installation and Setup
Can I use a barcode scanner with BIC?
Does BIC create barcodes?
BIC does not create or print barcodes.
How do I enter beginning inventory?
You may enter the beginning inventory when adding a new product. To add a new product, choose View | New Product menu. On the New Product dialog box, you may
enter the number of units for the Beginning Inventory.
Alternatively, you may enter the beginning inventory anytime by recording a "Receive" inventory transaction.
You may also record beginning inventory when you initially import your product list from a file.
How do I delete a product from the database?
Choose View, Product List Maintenance menu... Select the product to delete and press the [Delete] button.
If you have already recorded transactions for a product, the product cannot be deleted.
However, you can "hide" any product. Choose View, Product List Maintenance menu... and press [Edit] Properties and check the hide box.
Once hidden, the product won't show in the pick list when you record new transactions.
Can I import product information from a file?
How do I backup my BIC data?
How do I move BIC data from one machine to another?
How do I export product information?
Start BIC Desktop and choose File | Export Product Inventory menu to save your product information to a MS Excel CSV file.
Can I display product pictures in BIC?
BIC database does not save pictures to its database. However, you may save a link (Url) to your product's picture along with your product information.
Choose View, New Product... menu in BIC. On the Additional Info tab on the Product dialog box you can enter product
picture's Url in Custom 3 or Custom 4 fields.
How do I customize reports?
How do I create new reports?
How do I export report data?
Data displayed on Views/Reports can be saved to an MS Excel CSV file. For example,
- Choose View, Inventory... menu in BIC
- Press the third toolbar button from the left (green disk icon). Save file dialog box appears. Enter the name of the file
- Open the file in MS Excel. In MS Excel choose File, Save As... menu. Choose "MS Office Excel Workbook (*.xls) for "Save as type"
- Choose Format, Auto Format... menu in MS Excel to format the spreadsheet
Can I add new fields (columns)?
Can I change field (column) names?
Choose View | Preferences... menu in BIC. The Customize Field Name tab on the Preferences
Dialog Box lists the field names whose display text can be customized.
How do I change the number of display places displayed for amounts and units?
You can set the number of decimal places to be displayed for units and amounts by choosing View | Preferences menu.
Go to the Data Format tab of the Preferences Dialog box. Enter the number of desired decimal places for amounts and units.
How do I change default sorting of products?
You can change the default sort order (by product "name" or "number") of product lists and dropdowns, by choosing View | Preferences menu.
Go to the Data Format tab of the Preferences Dialog box. Select your sorting preference under "Product Options".
How do I change the currency symbol displayed?
BIC displays the currency symbol as specified in the Regional Settings of the Windows Control Panel. To change the displayed currency symbol in BIC go to
your Windows Control Panel | Regional Settings and choose the desired currency.
Installation and Setup
How do I setup Basic Inventory Control for use by multiple users?
Can I install the software on a shared network drive?
No, the software must be installed on a local drive of a PC even when setting up BIC for multiuser access. However, the data used by the software can
be created and accessed from a shared network drive.
How do I remove or un-install the software?
- Choose Control Panel from Windows Start menu
- Double-click on Add/Remove Programs
- Locate and select the entry for the software
- Press the Remove button
What are the limitations of the trial version?
The trial version of BIC is limited to entry of 500 inventory transactions. There is no limit on the number of products entered. Top
What is the Registration Code?
When you purchase the software, a unique Registration Code is emailed to you. You use this code to convert your
evaluation version of the software to the licensed version. You do not need to re-install the software and all your existing
settings and data remain intact.
Also see the Download page.
I purchased a previous version of the software. Is there a charge for the upgrading to the latest version?
There is no charge for upgrading from a previous "revision" of the software to the latest revision within the same major release version.
For example, you may download and upgrade your software from version 5 rev. 6 to version 5 rev. 9 free of charge. New "major" release versions are at
additional cost. Top
How do I upgrade to the latest version of BIC?
Why am I not able to access a Network Drive from the File, Open Database... menu of BIC?
Using Windows Explorer, please verify you can see the drives you are expecting. If the drives do not appear in the Windows
Explorer, you will need to map those drives in Windows Explorer (see Windows Explorer Help). Once you map the network drive, you will
be able to see the mapped drive letter after choosing File, Open Database... menu in BIC.
When I log into my PC using a different login name, the program thinks it is on a 30-day trial?
Since you are logging into your PC with a different login name, you will need to re-enter your registration code.
Start the application. Choose Help | Enter Registration Code... menu to enter the registration code that was emailed to you upon purchase to convert
the trial version to a licensed version. All your current data will remain intact. The Windows logged in user must have enough rights to install software
on their local machine and update Windows Registry keys. If not, please consult your network administrator or IT department.
Why do some products do not appear on my view/reports?
1. Make sure product(s) you are expecting to see are not hidden. Choose View | Product List Maintenance... menu to verify that the "hidden" property of the desired product is not checked.
2. The view/report you are looking at may be filtered such that it does not show certain products or product groups.
- Open the view/report
- Press the "Properties" tool bar button on the report (last icon - the one with a hand on it)
- View/Report properties dialog box appears. Go to the "Criteria" tab
- Press the [Reset] button
Also see the Customizing Reports tutorial.
When I open (run) the Basic Inventory Control application it won't start?
Why am I not able to view Basic Inventory Control Help on Windows Vista and Windows 7?
Windows Vista/Windows 7 does not automatically include the requisite Windows Help Viewer for the traditional help files. The Help Viewer installation can be
found at Microsoft's website at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=91
After installing the above program you would be able to view the help files. For example, start Basic Inventory Control and choose Help | User Manual menu
to view the help file containing the user manual.