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Setting up your Users

This page will cover how to comprehensively create and set up a new User account including how to set up their User Groups, Capabilities and Permissions.

First, go to Start > Configuration > Users & Security > Users, to bring up the User Landing Page. This will show you all of your current Users. To create a new User, click the New User button at the top of the page.


This will open up a User record. Start on the Main Tab of the User Record, which is where you enter the basic information for that User, such as Full Name, Login Email and their Password.


Login enabled

This checkbox will be ticked by default, which means that when you've completed and saved the new User's record, they will be sent an activation email. If you don't want an email to be sent, remove the tick, but remember to return to the record to tick the checkbox later so that the User can validate their details, and login to Workbooks. If a User leaves your organisation you will want to disable their login by removing the tick from this box.


Login Email

This is not only the email address that is used to log in, but also the email address that we will send the activation email to, so ensure that it corresponds to an active Mailbox that the User has access to.

You can also only enter an email address that has not been used before, so if it has been used elsewhere, perhaps on a trial account, you will get an error message stopping you from creating the new User. Contact Support if you need help resolving this.

Note: If you save the User record but the login email was entered incorrectly, the activation email will not be sent to you. The User record will need to be deleted and recreated again, so please check the login email for spelling mistakes before saving.



For security reasons, the activation email sent to new Users does not include their password. You will need to supply that separately. You can control how a password is formatted within Account Settings > Password Policy.

By default, the “Change at next login” box will be checked, this means that you can give your New User a temporary password to access Workbooks the first time, and then they will be prompted to change the Password to their own. 


Note: You can prevent individual Users from having to change their password frequently (depending on your Password Policy) by checking the 'Exempt from Password Expiry' box. We do not recommend this for users logging in via the desktop but it can be helpful for API client Users.

Language and Region

Now enter their Language and Time settings; if all of your Users are going to be in the same Timezone and working in the same language you can tick the “Use these for all new users” box allowing you to skip this step in the future.

The User can change these later if necessary, within their Preferences.



Use the dropdown picklist next to Allocated Edition to select the edition you want this User to have. You will also need to select the Allocated Extensions that they will be using such as the Outlook Connector and Customer Contracts.


Note: If you upgrade any licences from the CRM to the Business edition but do not immediately allocate your new licences, Users will see a warning message when logging in saying that the licences must be reallocated (by the System Administrator).  This message will appear for a 2-week period after the expiry of the original licences.  Until this reallocation has taken place, the Users will still have access to their original CRM licence. At the end of the 2-week period, if the licences have not been reallocated, the Users will no longer be able to login.

More details on how to manage user licences more effectively, and keeping within the allocated limits, can be found in Licences & Modules.


Own Organisation

If you have only one Own Organisation then the User will be automatically assigned to their record, if however you have multiple Own Organisations you will need to assign an Own Organisation.

Assigning Users to an Own Organisation enables them to create transactions for those Organisations, as well as creating Customer and Supplier agreements, as long as they have the appropriate Capabilities to carry out those processes.  Some Users (such as the Accountant and the System Administrator) will need to be associated with more than one Own Organisation for practical reasons.


Note: Users assigned to just one Own Organisation will not be aware of any other Own Organisations and will only have permission to use the tax codes and currencies of their Own Organisation.


When you create a new User it will be added to the Everyone Group automatically, giving them the capabilities that are assigned to this group. 

Workbooks is supplied with several User Groups already configured, covering a range of job roles. By adding the User to additional User Groups this will also increase the number of Capabilities that they have.

This is done from the Add Group button at the top of the ‘Groups’ tab. Use the checkboxes to select the relevant Groups, then click ‘Save & Close’. 


Once the Groups have been added to the User, go to the ‘Capabilities’ tab and check that they can do everything they need to, and don’t have the capability to do something they shouldn’t. If there are any required Capabilities that are missing, these cannot be added individually, and must be added via User Groups.


Note: Capabilities can be contained within multiple User Groups - removing a User from a User Group will not necessarily remove the Capabilities if the Capability is contained within one of the other User Groups that the User is a member of.


System Admins
To make a User a System Admin, they must be added to the 'System Admin' User Group. This will give them every possible Capability, full access to every record, full access to every Record Type and have full permissions to change anything, including Configuration. We advise that the number of System Admins per account is restricted.


Related content

Guidance on creating new databases, archiving existing databases and changing the Login Domain for a database.

An introduction to what Capabilities are and how they are used to grant permissions to Users in Workbooks.

An introduction to Own Organisations and information to help you decide whether you need to set up multiple Own Organisations or not.