Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)'s video tutorial, "Getting Started on the Terminal", introduces new users to the Bloomberg interface, including how to search and navigate. You need not watch the other BMC modules to view "Getting Started on the Terminal". Learn how to enroll to watch the tutorial here.
The Bloomberg platform offers flexibility for searching, featuring two frequently used options:
1. Browsing Menus
Bloomberg functions are organized by menus that are classified by market sector or product type. Each menu is part of a heirarchy.
You can access menus using the Menu button on the screen, the Menu Key, or using a Yellow Market Sector Key. This method is recommended for new users - It gives users a sense of the data and information available in Bloomberg and see what functions are available.
2. Using Function Codes
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 Market Sector key that represents the asset type, and then click on the Enter/GO key.
Not sure where to start?
The auto-complete feature helps you find the the security or function that you are searching for.
Simply begin typing a term in the command line at the top of the panel that you are working in.
As you type, a list of suggested functions & securities will be displayed.
Full Search using Help
Type a term in the command line at the top of the panel that you are working in.
Use the <SEARCH> key
Select the search result from the list
Keys to know:
Bloomberg must be used at the terminal; there is no remote access. You can recognize the terminal by its distinctive hardware: two monitors and a color-coded keyboard.