Creating a File Note

You can create a File Note for any additional information you want to store for the client. You can create a File Note directly from the Summary tab in the Client Workspace, or using the + button in the menu bar.

Creating a File Note from the Client Workspace

  1. Display the Client Workspace for the relevant client (refer to Displaying Information for a Client).
  2. In the Client Summary, click the File Note tab to display it (in the panel on the right-hand side).
  3. Enter the Subject and details of the File Note. Change the Date and Time if relevant.


  4. Click Create.
    The File Note is saved in FYI.

    The File Note Description and File Note filing details display so these can be changed if needed (see below).

Creating a File Note with the + button

  1. From FYI, click the + button in the menu bar.
  2. Select F from the list of document types.
    Or, from the workspace, simply press the shortcut key F for a new File Note.
    The fields that initially display depend on whether or not you have Filing Defaults set with a Cabinet and Category selected in your settings, or if these are set as Practice Filing Defaults. When you select the Client these may change to the Filing Defaults set for the Client. Refer to Setting Defaults and Filing Defaults for your own Login - My Settings, Setting Filing Defaults for a Client and Email AutoFile Settings Exclusions and Practice Filing Defaults.

  3. The File Note Description section pops out so you can start making notes. Enter the details of the File Note.

    You can use formatting on the text, such as bold, font sizes, bullet points, tables. The formatting tools are used in the same way as when adding Task details (refer to Using the Formatting Tools in Using the Task Drawer).

  4. In the Drawer, select or enter the filing fields, or change the defaults that are given.

    Client - type at least three characters of the client name to display all clients containing those characters anywhere in the Client Name. Then click to select the required client.

    Cabinet - If the selected client has a default Cabinet this is displayed and you can change this if required. The selected Cabinet determines the Categories and options that display, and whether Jobs, Tags or Keywords can be selected or entered.

    Categories - Categories such as Year or Work Type.

    Job - If Jobs are enabled for the selected Cabinet, you can also select a Job for the client (refer to Jobs).

    Tags and Keywords
    - If the selected Cabinet has been enabled for Tags and/or Keywords you will see these as additional Categories. You can create or select one or more Tags as additional categorisation. You can enter one or more Keywords that can be used when searching for the document. Refer to Tags and Keywords.

    Name - to identify the document internally, the name displays in the lists in FYI.

    Date and Time - these default to the current date and time and can be changed if required.

  5. Click Create

The File Note is saved in FYI.

It displays in the drawer with the additional sections. These allow you to display and update the details and filing details, to create Tasks for the File Note, add Time information, etc. Refer to Using the Document Drawer.

Note: Versions are not created when File Notes are edited. Users can refer to the Activity section of the Drawer for the logs of task events.

You can also set the Workflow to lock the details of the File Note. When the Status is "Completed", "Approved", "Pending Client Signature" or "Client Signed" the details of the File Note cannot be edited. It is read only. Refer to Workflow Overview.


Font used for the Text in the Phone Call, File Note or Meeting

The text entered for a Phone Call, File Note or Meeting uses the Font and Font Size set for the Default Font and Default Font Size in your Practice Settings (refer to Managing Practice Settings for Documents). If you do not have the Default Font and Default Font Size set for your practice, this is set as Sans Serif 12.

You can make changes to the format, fonts and layout using the tools at the top of the Editor. Hover over the tools to see the tooltip description of how each is used. Refer to Formatting and Fonts using the Editor in FYI.

Displaying a File Note

To redisplay the details of a File Note, select it in a documents list, or in the Client Summary tab, to display the Drawer.

To display the File Note Description, click the Editor tab to open it and make any changes if needed.  Expand any of the filing details sections in the Drawer to display and make any changes if required.

The details in the Description of File Notes can be copied and pasted using shortcut keys Ctrl+c and Ctrl+v, or by right-clicking to display a pop-up menu with options such as "Select All", "Copy", "Paste".

File Note Workflow

Users on a Pro plan can utilise the Workflow function in FYI with File Notes. 

For example, users can send a File Note for approval, or mark it as Completed to prevent any further changes.

Note: Completed/approved File Notes will be displayed as grey text, as the content is disabled and unable to be modified.

For more information refer to Workflow Overview.

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