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Managing and understanding POS configurations

After creating a POS configuration, adjust its settings to suit your business needs and workflows. For example, if your restaurant has a POS device that's used exclusively for direct sales, you can edit the device's configuration to Disable table support to prevent potential staff errors. You can customize various settings related to table management, payments, printing, receipts, production dockets, users, and more. 

Some settings are enabled by default depending on the country and business template that were selected when your Lightspeed account was created.

POS Configurations pages

Editing POS configurations

Edit a configuration to determine the settings that will apply to devices using that configuration. 

  1. Log in to the Back Office with your Lightspeed credentials.
  2. From the navigation menu, go to Configuration > Configurations.
  3. Locate the configuration you want to edit.
  4. Click the configuration's name.

    POS configurations landing with profile name annotated

  5. (Optional) By default, Back Office will display General settings when editing configurations. Use the tabs at the top of the page to find settings related to a specific POS function, such as Payments or Printing, or view All Settings on a single screen. 
  6. Apply the desired settings. To learn more about each setting, visit the POS configuration settings section.
  7. Click Save to save your changes, or click Discard to cancel them.

Performing POS configuration actions

When editing POS configurations, you can perform a few quick actions to save time:

  • Click View linked devices to see POS devices using the selected configuration.
  • Click Rename to change the name of a configuration.
  • Click More actions Duplicate to create another configuration with the same settings. This is helpful if you are creating a POS configuration for a new device that requires similar settings but with a few adjustments.
  • Click More actions > Delete to remove outdated or unused POS configurations.

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Understanding POS configuration settings

Adjust the settings and parameters for each POS configuration. Each applied setting acts as a rule or behavior for all POS devices using that configuration. See the following tables for descriptions and definitions of what each setting controls.

Configuration settings are split into the sections General settings, Table management, Payments, Printing, Receipts, Production dockets, and POS user settings.

General settings

Order profiles 

Setting Definition
Select order profiles Select which order profiles are accessible on devices with the configuration. Profiles in gray will not be a selectable order profile on the POS.
Select order profile for direct sales Use the drop-down menu to select a default order profile for direct sales.
Select order profile for table ordering Use the drop-down menu to select a default order profile for table sales.
Require users to select an order profile for direct sales When enabled, the POS user is prompted to choose an order profile when performing a direct sale and proceeding to payment.
Skip confirmation when selecting order profile for direct sales

Removes the OK button when selecting an order profile. When a POS user taps an order profile, it will immediately be applied to the order.

Note Before you can enable this setting, "Require users to select an order profile for direct sales" needs to be turned on.
Remain on current order after tapping Send

After sending an order to the kitchen, the POS stays on the current register screen rather than returning to the Home screen. This option saves time and effort for restaurants where, for example, servers add drinks to an order, immediately Send them to the bar to be prepared, and then subsequently add food to the order. 

This option is also useful for quick-service restaurants that want the ability to send orders to the kitchen or bar before taking payment.

Menu settings

Setting Definition
Select menu to link to this POS configuration Choose a menu to link to this POS configuration. To learn how to manage and create new menus, visit our About menus article.
Show button names for main menu screens in all caps Displays the names of main menu screens in uppercase letters.
Show button names for items in all caps Displays the names of menu buttons in uppercase letters.
Show item search button on register screen To quickly find items on the POS, display the item search button at the top of the Register screen.

Discounts and loyalty cards

Setting Definition
Select discounts Select discounts used in the POS configuration. Those in gray will not be selectable when adding discounts to an order. To learn how to add more discounts to your Back Office, visit our Adding discounts article.
Process third-party QR codes When enabled, the POS can scan QR codes from third-party Lightspeed integrations.
Users must link a loyalty card to a customer To use a loyalty card, a customer must be attached to the order. 


If both of the following settings are disabled, the POS will not go idle or use screensavers. The POS is considered idle when no action is performed within 10 minutes.

Setting Definition
Show a Lightspeed screensaver when the POS is inactive The Lightspeed logo will display when the POS is idle.
Show photos from the POS device as a screensaver If Lightspeed Restaurant has access to photos stored on this device, enabling this option will have them play as a slideshow when the device is idle.

Floor plans

Setting Definition
Select floor plans Select which floor plans will be available on the POS. Floor plans in gray will be disabled and not visible on the POS device. We recommend using this setting if certain devices and configurations are reserved for specific floors in your restaurant.

Register screen

Setting Definition
Keep duplicate items separate on register screen Even if there are multiple orders of the same item, each item will appear as a separate line on the customer receipt and the quantity will display next to the item name.
Merge duplicates with different production instructions onto one item line on register screen This option merges multi-ordered items with different production instructions onto a single line. For instance, if a customer orders two lattes prepared two different ways, "Latte" will appear as one line with two separate production instructions beneath it. 

Items merged on register screen

Create automatic transactions for each item If this option is enabled, adding an item to a sale will automatically send that item to a production center and complete the transaction with your preferred payment method. To change your preferred payment method, edit the "Quick payment button" setting.
Show tax rate next to items on register screen If enabled, the POS will display an item's tax rate next to the item's name when it is added to an order. We recommend using this setting for a better understanding of how each item is being taxed.
Users can only delete the last item entered on the POS With this setting enabled, only the last item entered on the POS can be removed from a sale.
Note This setting does not affect managers. 
Lock register screen when cash drawer opens After taking payment for an order, the POS user cannot use the Register screen or proceed to the next sale without first closing the cash drawer.
Note This setting requires a cash drawer with a microswitch, such as the Safescan LD-3336.


Setting Definition
Create new or select existing configuration tags Create tags associated with specific configurations for reporting purposes. You can then filter sales reports by tag to assess which sales were made with a particular POS configuration.
Include item details under product heading in shift reports When enabled, product sales will be displayed when viewing the shift reports via a POS device. To see these, open the Restaurant App and navigate to Settings > Reports > Shift reports > select a report and tap View full report.

shift report on POS example

Stock transfers

Setting Definition
Add stock transfer For businesses using stock management, add stock transfers to have devices pull stock from specific locations. 

For example, imagine there is a primary stock location where all items are received (Stock A), as well as two additional stock locations in your restaurant (Stock B and Stock C). If your business has a bar on the main floor and a cocktail bar on the second floor, you may want each bar to pull from its own stock location. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Set up a unique POS Configuration for the main floor.
  2. While editing the configuration, go to the Stock transfers section.
  3. Click Add stock transfer.
  4. From the Current stock location drop-down, pick your primary stock location: Stock A.
  5. From the New stock location drop-down, pick the main floor's stock: Stock B.

To set up the stock locations for the other locations, repeat the above steps for each unique location and stock.

Table management

Table management

Setting Definition
Disable support for tables Disables the ability to process table orders from the POS. Only direct sales mode will be available.
Enable basic table support Enables devices using the POS configuration to process table orders with basic settings enabled.
Enable full table support Enables devices using the POS configuration to process table orders and reveals the customizable Table Options that are outlined in the table below. 

Table options

Setting Definition
Default number of covers for new orders Enter the default number of seats that will be applied to each table order.
Note If "Prompt cover count" is enabled in the floor plan settings, users will always see a prompt to count covers when opening a new table which will override the default number set here. To learn more about Prompt cover count, see Adding floor plans and tables.
Select default screen to display after login Select which screen will display after users log in. Options include Register, Table, and Orders.
Create direct orders by default

When enabled, this setting ensures that users can't process orders in Direct sales mode. Instead, all new orders are attached to an account called "Client #" and the POS allows users to send orders to production centerssuch as the kitchen or barbefore they take payment. We recommend enabling this setting if your business wants to run tabs for customers or needs to edit orders after they've already been sent to a production center.

Note If this setting is disabled, orders started from the Register screen will automatically open in Direct Sales mode, which requires customers to pay before the order can be sent to a production center. 
Allow direct sales Allow counter service and pay-at-order workflows on the POS. When this setting is enabled, you don't need to assign orders to a table or an account to process them. 
Show "Fire course" button on register screen Displays the button for firing the next course on the POS Register screen.
Only managers can change the number of covers Manager permissions will be required when changing the number of guests at a table. See our About user groups article for instructions about setting user permissions.
Only managers can transfer a table to another user When enabled, manager permissions are required to transfer tables from one user to another. See our About user groups article for instructions about setting user permissions.
Number of direct orders to create
Note This option only appears if "Create direct order by default" is enabled. 

Set how many unique direct orders will be available. For example, if this number is set to 10, the first direct order will be assigned to an account called Client 1, the second to Client 2, and so on. Once Client 10 is reached, the number resets, and the 11th direct order will be assigned to a new, separate account called Client 1. If you set this number to 0, the POS won't track unique client numbers and will, instead, assign all new orders to an account called "Direct."


Payment methods

Setting Definition
Select payment methods Select which payment methods are allowed in the POS configuration. Payment methods in gray will be disabled.
Quick payment button

Select a commonly-used payment method from the drop-down, and a button to pay with that method will appear beside the numeric keypad for quick access.

Selecting a default payment method enables this payment method as the pre-selected payment option when completing a sale.

If no default payment option is selected, then a payment method must be manually selected each time a sale is completed.

Cash payment method on POS

Create a second quick payment button Select a second commonly-used payment method from the drop-down, and a button to pay with that method will appear beside the numeric keypad for quick access.

Credit card payment method on POS

Payment options

Setting Definition
Select duration of amount paid notification Set the length of time that the amount paid notification will remain on the screen after taking payment (between 1 and 10 seconds).
Allow refund processing on POS Users can process refunds on POS devices with this configuration. We recommend this setting for processing returns or workflows that include deposit returns on glass bottles. 
Deactivate automatic change calculation on cash transactions When enabled, change is not automatically calculated when employees accept cash payments.
Skip amount prompt at Payment When enabled, the Amount paid on the totals screen will auto-fill with the exact amount. This can save time when customers frequently pay with exact change.
Print final check after the receipt Restricts printing of notes until after the POS prints the order invoice. In this mode, the invoice will print immediately.
Enabled advanced check splitting When this option is selected, users can more easily divide and split checks on the POS app. See our article on Check splitting for more information about this feature.
Capture signature on terminal when supported

When enabled, this option allows for on-screen signatures. 

Note This feature must be supported by the payment terminal.
Allow only whole amounts on the payment keypad Disables the ability to enter cents on the keyboard when taking payment.
Activate money back on meal vouchers Generates a QR code that gives the holder credit for the difference between their total and the amount paid.


Setting Definition
Allow tipping at payment This setting must be enabled to add or edit tips.
Enable tipping on terminal when supported Enabling this allows customers to add a tip via the payment terminal when paying for their order.
Tips are provided after payment

When enabled, tips can be added or edited on receipts by navigating to Settings > Payments in the POS. 

When disabled, waiters can add tips on the POS's payment screen at the time of payment, so that tips are included when the amount is sent to the payment terminal.


Production centers

Setting Definition
Select production centers for printing Set which production centers can receive tickets from devices using the configuration. Those in light blue are enabled, while those in gray are disabled. Edit or add more production centers via Configurations > Printing > Production centers. See our article About production centers to learn more.


Setting Definition
Enable AirPrint This feature requires the use of an AirPrint-compatible printer.
Use AirPrint for draft receipts This feature requires the use of an AirPrint-compatible printer and activating the previous option. This setting is useful if, for example, you print custom invoices.


Printing receipts

Setting Definition
Default printing profile for receipts Set the default printing profile that will be used for receipts. To learn more, visit our article About printing profiles.
Default printing profile used for draft receipts Set the default printing profile that will be used for draft receipts. To learn more, visit our article About printing profiles.
Print receipt on paid orders automatically The POS will automatically print a receipt when an order is processed. Merchants located in France must disable this setting in compliance with French law.
Print receipt on paid table orders automatically Automatically prints a receipt for table orders following payment. Merchants located in France must disable this setting in compliance with French law.
Automatically print receipt when card payment receipts are printed The POS will automatically print a regular receipt when a credit card receipt is printed. Note: Merchants located in France must disable this setting in compliance with French law.
Print card payment receipts automatically Automatically prints a credit card receipt when a customer pays by card. Merchants located in France must disable this setting in compliance with French law.
Automatically print receipt when delivery slips are printed The POS will automatically print a corresponding receipt in addition to the delivery slip. Merchants located in France must disable this setting in compliance with French law.
Print draft receipts only once When enabled, a draft receipt can only be printed once. This option is used to prevent paper waste. Merchants located in France must disable this setting in compliance with French law.
Print receipt for each partial payment When enabled, the POS prints a receipt for each partial payment on a split check rather than printing a total receipt after the last payment. For example, if a table of four splits their entire order four ways, each guest will have their own receipt. Merchants located in France must disable this setting in compliance with French law.

Customize receipts

Setting Definition
Show items that have no price as free on customer receipts When enabled, items with no price will appear on receipts. When disabled, items with no price are omitted from customer receipts.
Show customer address on receipts

When enabled, the customer's address from their profile will appear on receipts. This is useful for coordinating deliveries. Visit Editing a customer profile to learn how to add an address for a customer.

Show customer name on receipts

When enabled, the customer's name appears on the receipt. This feature helps coordinate takeaway and delivery orders. 

Receipt with customer name highlighted

Show the order profile on receipts

When enabled, the account profile that was used to place the order appears near the top of the receipt.

Receipt with highlighted account profile name

Show pre-tax total on receipts When enabled, the receipt will show two totals: one calculated with tax and one calculated without tax.
Print transaction lines on receipts in large font Increases the font size of the item rows printed on the client receipt.
Print total on receipts in large font Enlarges the font size of the total on the client's receipt.
Include delivery information on printed receipts When enabled, the receipt will contain the customer's delivery information from Order Anywhere or a third-party delivery app.
Include tax rate on draft receipts When enabled, draft receipts will list item tax rates.
Include cover count on receipts Displays the number of dining customers for an order on the order receipt.
Don't include price on receipts when applying a comp discount When enabled, items that receive a 100% discount will have their price replaced with the word "FREE" instead of showing 0.00 €/£/$.
Group sub-items on receipts When enabled, sub-items can be grouped together on receipts. 
Give each duplicate item its own line on receipts If enabled, each item on a receipt will be listed on a unique line, even when ordered more than once. If disabled, items ordered more than once will be grouped into a single line on the receipt with a number to indicate item quantity (e.g., 2 Coffees).
Divide the draft receipt total by the number of covers and print this on receipts Divide the final draft receipt total by the number of seats associated with the transaction and print this information on the receipt.
Group items on receipts by seat When enabled, items on the receipt will be organized according to their assigned seat.

Production dockets

Docket contents

Setting Definition
Show floor plan name on production dockets When enabled, production dockets will display the name of the floor on which the order was placed.
Show the price of items on production dockets Displays the price of each item on the production ticket.
Show current account profile name on production dockets The name of the Account profile used to place the order will appear on production tickets.
Show full customer address on production dockets The address from a customer's profile will appear on the production ticket. Learn how to add customers by visiting our Adding customers article.
Show seat details on dockets When enabled, items on production tickets will show which seat they are assigned to.
Show the number of covers on the production dockets When enabled, production dockets will show the number of dining customers associated with the order. 
Show order summary on each continuation docket When enabled, all courses will be printed according to your order history. For example, when firing the third course of a meal, the production docket will also show what was on the first and second courses. If disabled, previous courses will be omitted from production dockets.

Docket options

Setting Definition
Separate items with a divider on production dockets Displays a line between order items.
Print sub-items in red Prints sub-items in red (messages, side dishes, and extras).
Note: This setting requires a compatible printer with a red ink ribbon.
Only print items and sub-items assigned to a production center Only print items that have been set to print at specific production centers. Visit our Editing items article to learn how to assign items to specific production centers.
Sort items alphabetically by accounting group on production dockets Sort lines on order tickets alphabetically from A to Z based on their accounting group.
Print one item per production docket When enabled, every item sent to a production center will print its own ticket. We recommend this setting if multiple prep stations use a single production center for different menu items.
Cut production dockets into separate courses Production tickets will be separated by course. For example, the POS will print the first and second courses of a meal on separate tickets.
Merge duplicate items on production dockets When enabled, this option merges multi-ordered items onto a single line on order tickets and displays the item quantity. 
Print production docket when transferring table When a table is transferred, a ticket will print in the production center to notify the kitchen or bar staff.
Shorten lines on production dockets When enabled, lines on the order tickets sent to the kitchen or bar will be shortened to save space.

POS user settings

POS user rules

Setting Definition
Users to allow within this configuration Select which POS user groups will have access to this configuration. User groups in gray will be disabled. To learn how to create new and manage existing user groups, visit our About user groups article.
Allow managers to cancel sent items When enabled, POS users with manager permissions can cancel orders that have already been sent to production centers, such as the bar or kitchen.
Managers cannot send new or existing orders Members of the POS Manager user group cannot create new tables for orders. 
Send open orders on logout When a user logs out, their open and unsent orders will automatically be sent to the production centers.
Show receipts created by other users on the receipt screen If enabled, users will be able to see receipts created by other users on the POS when selecting Receipts from the navigational menu.
Users must settle open orders before clocking out If enabled, users will not be able to log out with orders still open. Instead, users will be prompted to transfer their orders to another clocked-in employee upon logging out.
Protect selection of menu buttons with manager pincode

If enabled, employees can select Manager-only access buttons from the menu, but the POS will prompt for a manager PIN before they can proceed. Employees will encounter an error when selecting these buttons if this setting is not enabled.

Automatic logout

Setting Definition
Set time for automatic user logout from the POS Using the drop-down menu, specify the amount of time that the POS will idle before automatically logging the user out.
Log user out after order updates When enabled, users are automatically logged out of the Order screen after processing a transaction.

What's next?

Editing POS Devices

You can add more devices or change the devices your configurations are linked to.

Learn more

About connection codes

Generate connection codes in the Back Office to use for connecting POS devices to configurations.

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