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 displays 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.
Bloomberg functions are organized by menus that are classified by market sector or product type. Each menu is part of a hierarchy.
Access menus using the Menu button on the screen, the Menu Key, or using a Yellow Market Sector Key.
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 Yellow Market Sector key that represents the asset type, and then click on the Green Enter/GO key.
You can always search on a keyword and press the Green F1 Help key if you don't know where to start.
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