Invoice date

Can the invoice date be defaulted to the system date instead of setting the invoice date manually?

what version are you using? Doesn’t it default to today’s date anyway? Mine appears to in both sales and purchase invoices. I don’t know how it appears in the cloud version, but I’d assume the same.

Thanks for the response …. I think its me having a brain freeze. If I create a new invoice its on the default system date. I have got into the habit of cloning older invoices then there is less detail for me to input … I think it is taking the date of the cloned invoice. Suppose I’m going to have to make invoices from scratch in the future.
Kindest Regards
John Tansell

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I have also been caught out by this by trying to create a speedy invoice and had to go back to it to fix it.
You can still create an invoice by cloning an old invoice, but be sure to remember to edit the date to the date you require as cloned invoice uses the date from when that invoice was originally created.

I think that the cloned invoice date should be current as default but others may have use cases where the original date is more preferable?

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lol, yes, that’s happened to me as well.

It could be argued both ways, re-creating several repeating invoices for the same day down the track it would be useful, but my use case is like yours: I go to yesterdays two main cash account transactions and clone them to get them all the same. I just wish it would also clone the reference number as I use a specific reference for this transaction as a whole (but I know I am using that field differently to most).

But I too would like to see the date be made to todays date, but then I suppose it’s no longer a clone :slight_smile:

There used to be more randomness to dates on cloned and copied forms. I think that has been eliminated, though I can’t say for certain. But generally, you might describe current behavior like this:

A clone produces an exact replica of the form in question, with the same date as the original. Sometimes you need to change the date because other information stays the same. But sometimes, you might leave the date the same and change a line item. Or you might change a customer or supplier. Since there is no way to predict why you are cloning the transaction, everything is simply duplicated.

On the other hand, when using the Copy to... function, the assumption is that the new form is part of a workflow. (You cannot copy to the same type of form, so you could not copy a sales invoice to another sales invoice.) Since the workflow is assumed to be progressive, system dates are inserted in the new form. So, for example, if you receive an order from a customer and must buy the item from a supplier before delivering it, you could copy Sales Order => Purchase Order => Purchase Invoice => Sales Invoice => Delivery Note, and all might have different dates.