Book Description

The Only Official Guide to the #1 Personal Finance Software

Take control of your personal finances using the best practices and time-saving tips in Quicken® 2018 for Windows The Official Guide! Find out the most effective methods for tracking your income, expenses, savings, transactions, investments, and so much more.

Endorsed by the makers of Quicken, this practical resource shows you, step by step, how to take full advantage of the software’s powerful features, including the Quicken mobile app. You’ll also get professional advice to help you reduce debt, stay on budget, save money, invest wisely, and plan for a secure financial future.

•Customize Quicken for your preferences
•Track income and expenses
•Automate transactions and tasks
•Record bank and credit card transactions
•Use online banking features
•Reconcile checking, savings, and credit card accounts
•Track investments and optimize your portfolio
•Monitor your assets, loans, and net worth
•Evaluate your financial position
•Reduce debt, save money, and plan for retirement
•Simplify tax preparation and maximize deductions
•Create Quicken reports

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. Part One Learning Quicken Basics
    1. 1     Introducing Quicken
      1. What Is Quicken?
        1. Exploring Quicken’s Uses
      2. Getting Started
        1. Installing Quicken
        2. Starting Quicken
        3. Creating Your First Account
      3. The Quicken Interface
        1. Exploring the Quicken Window
        2. Understanding Online Financial Services
      4. Accounts
      5. Using One Step Update and the Password Vault
        1. Setting Up One Step Update
        2. Understanding the Quicken ID
        3. Understanding the Password Vault
        4. Exiting Quicken
    2. 2     Getting Started with the Basics
      1. How Financial Transactions Are Tracked
        1. Bookkeeping with Quicken
        2. Reviewing Account Types
        3. Exploring the Quicken Window
        4. Understanding Other Quicken Features
        5. Finding Help in Quicken
      2. As You Begin
        1. Understanding Data Files and Accounts
      3. Accounts
        1. Creating More Accounts
    3. 3     Understanding Quicken Mobile
      1. Understand Mobile Applications
        1. Appreciating Mobile
      2. Meet Quicken’s Mobile App
        1. About Your Mobile Companion
      3. Beginning with Quicken’s Mobile App
        1. Understanding Your Quicken ID
        2. Getting Started from Your Desktop
        3. Setting Alerts
      4. Using Your Mobile Device
        1. Getting Started on Your Mobile Device
        2. Working with the Quicken Mobile Overview Page
  9. Part Two Organizing Quicken for You
    1. 4     Organizing Your Data
      1. Setting Up Other Banking Accounts
        1. Reviewing Account and Transaction Types
        2. Working with Bank Accounts
        3. Adding New Accounts
        4. Working with the Account List Window
      2. Categories
        1. Establishing Categories and Subcategories
        2. Working with the Category List Window
        3. Organizing Categories into Groups
      3. Tags
        1. Using Tags
    2. 5     Using Bank and Credit Transactions
      1. Getting Started
      2. Quicken’s Registers
        1. Using Account Registers
        2. Working with QuickFill and Memorized Payees
        3. Understanding Splits
        4. Tracking Credit Cards with Quicken
        5. Writing and Printing Checks in Quicken
        6. Printing Quicken Checks
        7. Transferring Money
      3. Working with Existing Transactions
        1. Searching for Transactions
      4. Quicken’s Other Account Features
        1. Adding Notes, Flags, and Alerts
        2. Attaching Checks, Receipts, or Other Images
        3. Watching Your Credit Score
    3. 6     Downloading into Quicken
      1. Online Account Services
        1. Understanding Transaction Download
        2. Introducing Online Payment and Quicken Bill Pay
        3. Setting Up Online Account Services
        4. Checking Online Account Service Status
      2. The Online Center
        1. Using the Online Center Window
        2. Downloading Transactions
        3. Making Online Payments
  10. Part Three Tracking Your Money
    1. 7     Recording Your Bills and Paychecks
      1. Bills and Income Reminders
        1. Being Reminded
        2. Creating Reminders from Downloaded Transactions
      2. Working with the Bills & Income Tab
        1. Using the Bills Center
      3. Use Bill Reminders
        1. Managing Reminders
        2. Using the Financial Calendar
      4. Useful Quicken Features
        1. Minding Your Bills
        2. Using the Paycheck Setup Wizard
      5. A Closer Look at the Spending Tab
        1. Exploring the Spending Graph
        2. Using the Spending Register
        3. Creating the Address Book
      6. About Alerts
        1. Viewing Available Alerts Groups
    2. 8     Reconciling to the Bank
      1. Reconciling Bank Accounts
        1. Starting a Reconciliation
        2. Comparing Transactions to a Paper Statement
        3. Identifying Reconciled Items
        4. Finishing Up
      2. Other Reconciliation Tasks and Features
        1. Reconciling Credit Card Accounts
        2. Printing a Reconciliation Report
        3. Undoing Reconciled Transactions
    3. 9     Managing Your Investments
      1. Quicken Investment Basics
        1. Understanding Your Portfolio
        2. Creating Investing Accounts
        3. Setting Up Transaction Downloads
      2. Working with Investment Accounts
        1. Understanding the Investment Transaction List
        2. Exploring the Account Overview Window
        3. Using the Investment Transaction Dialog
        4. Entering Common Transactions
      3. Working with the Security List
        1. Viewing the Security List
      4. Downloading Quotes and Investment Information
        1. Downloading Online Quotes
        2. Creating a Watch List
      5. Using Investing.Quicken.com for Updates
        1. Exporting Your Portfolio
        2. Utilizing Quote Lookup
        3. Using Online Research
  11. Part Four Assessing Your “Money’s Worth”
    1. 10     Working with Your Assets
      1. The Basics
        1. Understanding Assets and Debts
        2. Creating Property and Debt Accounts
      2. Loan Accounts in Quicken
        1. Creating a Loan Account
        2. Viewing Loan Information
        3. Making Loan Payments
        4. Modifying Loan Information
      3. Other Asset Transactions
        1. Adding and Disposing of Assets
        2. Updating Asset Values
      4. The Property & Debt Tab
        1. Exploring the Net Worth View
        2. Using the Property View
        3. Opening the Debt View
        4. Accessing Property and Debt Account Registers
      5. Creating Alerts for Property and Debt Accounts
        1. Setting Up Property and Debt Alerts
    2. 11     Understanding Your Financial Position
      1. Using the Investing Tab
        1. Working with the Portfolio View
        2. Using the Portfolio X-Ray
        3. Studying Your Performance
        4. Exploring Asset Allocation
        5. Updating Your Investments
        6. Working with Reports
        7. Utilizing Investing Tab Tools
      2. Using Investment Analysis Tools
        1. Using Asset Allocation
        2. Analyzing Your Portfolio
        3. Previewing Your Buy/Sell Decisions
        4. Estimating Capital Gains
        5. Setting Investment Alerts
  12. Part Five Looking Toward Tomorrow
    1. 12     Using Quicken Tools for Future Planning
      1. Planning for Retirement
        1. Planning Your Steps
      2. Getting Started with the Quicken Lifetime Planner
        1. Setting Plan Assumptions
        2. Savings & Investments
        3. Viewing Plan Results
      3. The “What If” Alternatives
        1. Setting “What If” Options
        2. Using “What If” Results
        3. Finding More Planning Tools
      4. A Look at Quicken’s Financial Calculators
        1. Learning About Financial Calculators
        2. Accessing the Financial Calculators
      5. Using the Financial Calculators
        1. Working with the Retirement Calculator
        2. Running the College Calculator
        3. Evaluating the Refinance Calculator
        4. Planning with the Savings Calculator
        5. Using the Loan Calculator
    2. 13     Saving Money by Reducing Debt
      1. Reducing Your Debt
        1. Taking Control
        2. Using the Debt Reduction Planner
      2. Budgeting with Quicken
        1. Quicken’s Automatic Budget
        2. Understanding Quicken’s Automatic Budget
        3. Working with Your Automatic Budget
        4. The Annual View
        5. Creating Your Own Budget
      3. Where Does Your Money Go?
        1. Forecasting for Your Future
        2. Understanding Why We Save
        3. Using Savings Goals
    3. 14     Preparing for Taxes
      1. Tax Information in Accounts and Categories
        1. Including Tax Information in Accounts
        2. Connecting Tax Information with Categories
      2. Tax Reports
      3. Online Tax Tools
      4. About TurboTax
        1. Using TurboTax
      5. Planning to Avoid Surprises
        1. Working with the Tax Planner
        2. Creating Scenarios
      6. Meeting the Estimators
        1. Minimizing Taxes by Maximizing Deductions
        2. Utilizing the Itemized Deduction Estimator
        3. Exploring the Tax Withholding Estimator
        4. Understanding the Tax Center
    4. 15     Using Quicken Reports
      1. Quicken Reports Overview
        1. Reviewing Report and Graph Types
        2. Creating Reports and Graphs
      2. Working with Reports and Graphs
        1. Working with a Report Window
        2. Customizing Reports and Graphs
        3. Working with Subreports
        4. Saving Reports and Graphs
        5. Exporting Your Reports
        6. Printing Reports and Graphs
  13. Part Six Appendixes
    1. A      Managing Quicken Files
      1. Working with Multiple Data Files
        1. Creating a New Data File
        2. Opening, Saving, and Showing Quicken Data Files
      2. Password-Protecting Quicken Data
        1. Protecting a Data File
        2. Protecting Existing Transactions
        3. Working with Passwords
      3. Backing Up Your Quicken Data File
        1. Setting Backup Preferences
        2. Backing Up Your Data
        3. Restoring Data Files
      4. Additional File Procedures
        1. Importing Files into Quicken
        2. Exporting Quicken Files
        3. Working with Additional File Operations
        4. Setting Up Printers
        5. Setting Up for Check Printing
        6. Using Keyboard Shortcuts
    2. B      Customizing Quicken
      1. Customizing Quicken’s Interface
        1. Creating Custom Home Tab Views
        2. Re-creating the Summary View
        3. Crafting an Analysis & Reports View
        4. Customizing the Toolbar
      2. Setting Preferences
        1. Telling Quicken Your Preferences
      3. Useful Tips
        1. Converting Your Older Quicken Files to a New Computer
        2. Changing Multiple Transactions
      4. Quicken Emergency Records Organizer
        1. Using the Emergency Records Organizer
        2. Creating Reports in the Emergency Records Organizer
  14. Index