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What do all the different colors in Forms Mode mean?

When you look at an onscreen tax form using Forms Mode, you might wonder why one figure is blue, while others are red or black. This chart explains it all:

Color  Meaning
Blue You entered this data, either in the interview or Forms Mode.
Black The program populated this data or calculated this amount.
Red This data has either been overridden or is invalid (for example, a nonexistent ZIP code).
Red italics You marked this amount as estimated.
Black italics The program calculated this amount from an amount you marked as estimated.
Purple This information has supporting details.
Aquamarine This data was transferred over from last year's return.
Green This data was imported from Quicken or QuickBooks.
Yellow fields (Windows) Yellow fields allow user input. Anything you enter here shows up in blue.

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