< Red keys > -- used to log in or log out of the system. Login instructions should be available at the terminal you are using. You cannot use the login for one terminal at a different terminal.
Regular keys -- used to enter tickers, function codes, search terms, date ranges, et cetera.
< Yellow market keys > -- used to tell Bloomberg in what market you want to look for the data.
< Green keys > -- used to make Bloomberg actually do something. You can type in the ticker for a security and hit the correct market key, but if you do not hit the green < GO > button Bloomberg will not do anything.
Typically when using Bloomberg, your command might look something like this: TICKER < MARKET > FUNCTION CODE < GO >
|CONN/DFLT||Red||Login / Logout|
|ESC||Red||Cancels a command|
|GOVT||Yellow||Government (US Treasury and non-US government agency securities)|
|M-MKT||Yellow||Money Market (includes Commercial Paper, CDs, Bankers Acceptances)|
|GO||Green||Use like the Enter or Return key on an ordinary computer|
|MENU||Green||Usually returns to the previous screen|
|PgUp/PgDn||Green||Moves up and down through multiple screens of information|
|Green||Prints displayed screen or X [PRINT] prints multi-screen documents,|
|PANEL||Lavender||Toggles between up to 4 Bloomberg panels; double click on a panel to resize screen