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FarmBooks Installation & Setup

The instructions below will guide you through the installation of FarmBooks Accounting Software.

Attention  Before You Begin - choose to run as a Trial or Register

When installing FarmBooks for the first time, users can choose to run the program on a trial basis using the existing demo database or enter their Registration Number to create a new database.

Registered users have already purchased a FarmBooks Registration Number and may create a new farm database to customize. Users planning to run the product as a trial will need to use the sample demo farm database in order to use the product.


1. You should have received an email containing a secure link to download FarmBooks. Please download the file and run the setup to install the program.

Note: If you have not received the email please ensure that you have either requested a demo or purchased the program. You may also contact FarmBooks Support.

2. After the program is installed look for the FarmBooks icon on your Desktop. Double-click to open.
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With FarmBooks installed on your system, you now have two options:

  • Option 1: Demo the program by opening the FarmBooks demo farm.
  • Option 2: If you have purchased a registered version, enter your registration # and create your first farm.

  • Option 1: Demo FarmBooks
  • Option 2: Register & Create Farm

Steps to Demo FarmBooks

1. After double-clicking on the FarmBooks icon on your desktop, FarmBooks will load. Once the program is fully loaded, click on File: Open Farm.
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2. Click the + sign next to FarmBooks Demo Farm and then the radio button next to the calendar year. Once completed, click Open.
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3. Note that now there are tabs for you to view and manage the demo farm.
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4. You now have a fully functioning version of FarmBooks to use. You have no obligation to pay, but after you enter 30 transactions you will need to purchase a FarmBooks Registration Key to create a new database for your farm data.

Steps to Register FarmBooks & Create Your First Farm

1. After double-clicking on the FarmBooks icon on your desktop, FarmBooks will load. Once the program is fully loaded, click on File: New Farm.
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2. The New Farm Wizard will load - click Next.
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3. Enter the Farm Number, your Farm Name and your Registration Key and then click Next.
Note: Your Farm Number and Farm Number are provided by Sanders Software in your purchase materials.
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4. Enter your Tax ID number (if known) and your Fiscal Year Start date (generally your fiscal period is the same as the calendar year) and then click Next.
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5. Enter your contact information and click Next.
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6. Click Finish and FarmBooks will create your farm (this will create a database as a subfolder to FarmBooks).
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7. Once completed, click OK.
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8. Now open your farm by clicking File: Open Farm.
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9. Click the + sign next to your farm, then the radio button next to the calendar year and then click Open.

10. The final step is to define a bank account to allow you to start entering your data. Click on Setup: Bank Accounts.
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11. When the Bank Accounts window opens, click Add.
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12. Enter the Bank Code, Bank Name and Beginning Balance and click Add. (The Bank Code is a five character code and is something that you determine. If you don’t know the Bank Balance at this time, you can come back and update this information at a later date).
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13. Once completed, you can close out of the Bank Accounts window and begin entering transactions into FarmBooks.