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Bloomberg Guide: Quick Tips

Basic guidance on navigating the Bloomberg Terminal, including information on Bloomberg Essentials (aka Bloomberg certification)

Definitions

Don't understand a financial term used by Bloomberg?

Use HL <GO> to look up definitions

HELP from Bloomberg

Type in the function or name you are searching, then press HELP once for more information.

Press HELP twice to start a Live Help Chat session with a Bloomberg representative.

The two documents below offer different guidance from Bloomberg on getting started and commands.

Navigating Bloomberg

Menus:

If you are unsure of where you are within the Bloomberg system, you can type the letters MAIN and then press <GO> to get you back to the main menu screen.

To move higher up in a hierarchy of an area, press the MENU key.

Type LAST <GO> to display the last 8 functions accessed; click or press a number to go back to one of them.

TIP: Always be sure that the cursor is in the upper left hand corner before typing in a command unless a text box is provided.

Switch between screens:

Press PANEL key or click on the inactive screen.

Emailing from Bloomberg

Email Screen:

Enter GRAB <GO> to email the screen to you as a screenshot.

OR

Click on Export from the top menu bar, then select Grab.

Email data copied and pasted in Excel:

Enter PFM <GO>, then click on Compose

More Tips

Bloomberg Cheatsheets:

Enter CHEA <GO>

Other useful tips:

Helpful Keys

Screen Panels

The Bloomberg Panels allow you to work with multiple functions at once, and each panel is divided into 4 main sections: 

  1. Toolbar
  2. Command Line
  3. Function Area
  4. Information Panel

Broad Perspectives

TOP <GO> Today's top business and general news headlines
READ <GO> Most read news stories
N <GO> Main news menu
ECO <GO> Displays a calendar of economic releases
IM <GO> Menu of treasury/money market and international bond monitors
WEI <GO> World equity indices
WB <GO> World government bonds
FXIP <GO> Foreign exchange information platform
IRSM <GO> Interest rate and credit derivatives
EVTS <GO> Displays events and earnings announcement calendar
MOST <GO> Monitor most active stocks
IBQ <GO> More than 65 industry overviews
EQS <GO> Scan Bloomberg Equity information to find companies that match your criteria

Additional Tips & Information

Use Bloomberg for lifestyle information, such as viewing flight schedules, checking weather, and finding a good restaurant. Try the functions below:
    

MUSE <GO>   Arts and culture
DINE <GO> Restaurant search and reviews
POSH <GO>
Classified ads
BSP <GO> 
Bloomberg Sports Menu
FLY <GO> Flight Schedules
WEAT <GO> Regional weather forecasts
EASY <GO>
Ease of use tips and shortcuts
JOBS <GO>
Bloomberg Career Center
PEOP <GO>
People search
BBXL <GO>
Bloomberg data and calculations in Excel