Basic Usage

This section describes the basic usage of GBonds, a U.S. Savings Bond inventory program for the GNOME desktop.

Main Window

Starting GBonds opens the Main window, shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. GBonds Main Window

From here you will see the menu bar which provides all the options, commands and tools for GBonds. You will also see the toolbar which provides quick access the basic commands you will probably use the most when using GBonds. Below the menu bar and toolbar is an inventory worksheet.

Menus

The menu bar (shown in Figure 2) provides access to all tools, commands and options for GBonds.

Figure 2. GBonds Menu Bar

The menu bar contains the following menus:

File

This menu contains:

  • New (Ctrl-N) — This creates a new empty GBonds worksheet.

  • Open (Ctrl-O) — This opens an existing inventory file reads it into a new GBonds worksheet.

  • Import — This imports an existing Savings Bond Wizard (.SBW) file into a new GBonds worksheet.

  • Save (Ctrl-S) — This saves the current inventory to file.

  • Save As (Ctrl-Shift-S) — This saves the current inventory to a new file with a different name.

  • Print (Ctrl-P) — This prints the current inventory. See Printing Inventories for more information on printing inventories..

  • Close (Ctrl-W) — This closes the current GBonds worksheet.

  • Quit (Ctrl-Q) — This closes all GBonds worksheets and exits the application.

Edit

This menu contains:

Tools

This menu contains:

  • Update redemption tables — Launches a druid to download and install new redemption tables. See Updating Redemption Data.

Help

This menu contains:

  • Contents (F1) — This opens the GNOME Help Browser and displays this manual.

  • About — This opens the About dialog which shows basic information about GBonds, such as author, version number, URL of the GBonds web page, copyright, and license information.

Toolbar

The toolbar (shown in Figure 3) provides quick access to several commonly used commands.

Figure 3. GBonds Toolbar

The following commands are available from the toolbar:

Add

Adds a bond to the inventory. See Adding Bonds to an Inventory.

Delete

Deletes the currently selected bond from the inventory. See Deleting Bonds from an Inventory.

Save

Saves the current inventory.

Print

Prints the inventory. See Printing Inventories.

Cut

Moves selected bonds to the clipboard. See Using the Clipboard.

Copy

Copies selected bonds to the clipboard. See Using the Clipboard.

Paste

Pastes bonds from the clipboard into the inventory. See Using the Clipboard.

Inventory Worksheet

Each open savings bond inventory will have a worksheet (as shown in Figure 4).

Figure 4. Inventory Worksheet

This worksheet has 3 distinct components, the redemption date entry, the inventory totals, and the bond inventory itself.

Redemption Date Entry and Display Area

The redemption date entry (shown in Figure 5) shows the current redemption date (month and year) used to calculate the current values of all bonds in the inventory.

Figure 5. Redemption Date Entry and Display Area

The default value for this date is the current month and year, if redemption data is available. Otherwise, this date is set to closest date for which redemption data exists. For more information on updating redemption data, see Updating Redemption Data. To change the current redemption date simply press the small arrow button to the right of this display. This will produce a dropdown list of all dates for which redemption data exists. Once a new date is selected, the value and related information of all bonds in the inventory will be updated for the given date.

Inventory Totals Display Area

The Inventory Totals display (shown in Figure 6) shows several total values associated with the current inventory.

Figure 6. Inventory Totals Display Area

The following totals are displayed:

Inventory Value

This is the total value of all bonds in the inventory, including bonds which are not yet eligible for redemption. When a bond is not eligible for redemption, the purchase price is used for the current value of the bond for this total.

Redemption Value

This is the total value of all bonds in the inventory which are eligible for redemption.

Interest

This is the total interest earned on all bonds in the inventory.

Bond Inventory Area

The bond inventory area (shown in Figure 7) displays all bonds and associated information in the inventory.

Figure 7. Bond Inventory

This area is composed of one line or row per savings bond or note. The inventory can be sorted by any of the bond data shown simply by pressing the corresponding column header. The following data is represented by columns in this table:

Serial Number

This is the Serial Number printed on the bond. For more information on the makeup of this serial number, see Adding Bonds to an Inventory.

Issue Date

This is the issue or purchase date (month and year) of the bond.

Denomination

This is the denomination printed on the bond. For series EE bonds, this is twice the purchase price.

Series

This is the bond series (E, EE, I or S).

Value

This is the current value of the bond if redeemed on the given redemption date.

Interest

This is the total interest earned on the bond since purchase.

Yield To Date

This is the effective semi-annual (6 month) yield of the bond.

Next Accrual

This is the date (month and year) of the next accrual of the bond (the next time it will increase in value).

Final Maturity

This is the date (month and year) that the bond ceases to earn interest.

Flags

The last unmarked column may contain one or more of the following flags:

  • * — The bond is not yet eligible for redemption.
  • M — The bond has reached final maturity.