Synopses & Reviews
Intuit's Quicken is one of today's most popular and convenient ways to keep track of personal finances, and Quicken 2006 For Starters: The Missing Manual for Windows is the indispensable guide to using the program to simplify your finances and make the most of your money.
Whether you're new to electronic banking or just new to Quicken, this refreshingly funny and sensible book zeroes in on exactly what you need to get into Quicken fast. It teaches you how do such essential things as: balance your checkbook on your computer, keep tabs on your spending, create and manage a budget, monitor and pay bills on time, determine more ways to save and stick to your savings plan, manage loans and maximize investments, make tax preparation easier (even find hidden tax deductions!), and much more.
Financial-software writer and personal finance expert Bonnie Biafore delivers clear explanations and step-by-step instructions for the Quicken features you need, as well as relevant advice and plenty of real-world examples. Beginners will appreciate Biafore's clear guidance on how to set up Quicken to streamline their money management tasks. Power users will benefit from her insightful tips, tricks, and shortcuts for working around Quicken's idiosyncrasies and saving even more time and money.
The book is designed to help you get up to speed fast. Biafore steps you through the basics of Quicken. Then, as you become a more efficient and sophisticated Quicken user, she helps you take advantage of the program's little-known but powerful features. And throughout the book, she offers invaluable money-management principles. You'll be generating useful reports and graphs with ease; ensuring accuracy and consistency among all your accounts; and planning, saving, and controlling your finances like never before.
The book that gives you exactly what you need, Quicken 2006 For Starters: The Missing Manual helps you quickly make the most of Quicken 2006 for Windows.
About the Author
Bonnie Biafore has always been a zealous planner, whether setting up software demos, cooking gourmet meals, or scheduling a vacation to test the waters of spontaneity. Ironically, fate, not planning, turned this obsession into a career as a project manager. When she isn't managing projects for clients, Bonnie writes about project management, small business accounting, personal finance, investing, and technology. She's also branching out into other "dry" topics with articles for the Wine Enthusiast. As an engineer, she's fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. She has a knack for mincing dry subjects like accounting and project management into easy to understand morsels and then spices them to perfection with her warped sense of humor.
Bonnie is the award-wining author of more than a dozen books including Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual, QuickBooks 2009: The Missing Manual, Project 2007: The Missing Manual, the Better Investing Stock Selection Handbook (which won an APEX Award of Distinction), Online Investing Hacks, and On Time! On Track! On Target!. She also writes regularly about financial topics for Better Investing bankrate.com and interest.com. When unshackled from her computer, she hikes in the mountains, cycles, rehabilitates horses, cooks gourmet food, and, most importantly, tries saying no to additional work assignments.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgements; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; Personal Finance and Quicken; What's New in Quicken 2006; About This Book; About the Outline; The Very Basics; About MissingManuals.com; Chapter 1: Setting Up Your Quicken Environment; 1.1 Launching Quicken; 1.2 Setting Up Your Quicken Data File; 1.3 Opening a Quicken File; 1.4 The Quicken Guided Setup; 1.5 A Quick Guide to Quicken Preferences; Chapter 2: Accounts and Categories; 2.1 How Accounts and Categories Work; 2.2 Types of Accounts; 2.3 Creating Cash Flow Accounts; 2.4 Editing Account Information; 2.5 Hiding Closed Accounts; 2.6 Categories; 2.7 Customizing Categories; Chapter 3: Backing Up Your Financial Information; 3.1 Backing Up Data Files; 3.2 Restoring Quicken Backups; Chapter 4: Banking, Credit Cards, and Cash; 4.1 Transaction Basics; 4.2 Quicken's Quicker with QuickFill; 4.3 Recording Checks; 4.4 Recording Deposits; 4.5 Paying with a Credit Card; 4.6 Paying with Cash; 4.7 Splitting Transactions; 4.8 Transferring Money Between Accounts; 4.9 Editing Transactions; 4.10 Voiding Transactions; 4.11 Searching for Transactions; 4.12 The Transaction Edit Menu; 4.13 Managing Memorized Payees; 4.14 Scheduling Transactions; 4.15 Automating Your Paycheck in Quicken; Chapter 5: Property and Debt; 5.1 Understanding Property and Debt in Quicken; 5.2 Setting Up Asset and Liability Accounts; 5.3 Setting Up a Loan; 5.4 Making a Loan Payment; 5.5 Editing a Loan; 5.6 Refinancing a Loan; Chapter 6: Online Banking; 6.1 What Quicken Can Do Online; 6.2 Connecting Quicken to the Internet; 6.3 Setting Up an Account for Online Services; 6.4 Updating All Accounts with One Step; 6.5 Downloading Transactions; 6.6 Reviewing and Incorporating Downloaded Transactions; 6.7 Renaming Payees; 6.8 Setting Up Online Payees; 6.9 Paying Bills Online; 6.10 Setting Up Online Transfers; 6.11 Canceling an Online Payment; Chapter 7: Reconciling Accounts; 7.1 Your First Reconciliation; 7.2 Preparing for a Reconciliation; 7.3 Starting to Reconcile; 7.4 Reconciling Transactions; 7.5 Modifying Transactions During Reconciliation; 7.6 Stopping and Restarting a Reconciliation; 7.7 When Your Records Don't Agree with Your Bank's; Chapter 8: Budgeting; 8.1 Ways to Build Budgets; 8.2 Creating a Budget Automatically; 8.3 Copying the Current Budget; 8.4 Creating a Budget Manually; 8.5 Filling In Budget Values; 8.6 Making a Budget Current; 8.7 Choosing Budget Categories; 8.8 Saving or Restoring a Budget; 8.9 Comparing Your Performance to Your Budget; Chapter 9: Investments and Planning; 9.1 Why Track Investments in Quicken?; 9.2 Choosing the Right Type of Account; 9.3 Creating an Investment Account; 9.4 Setting Up a Security; 9.5 Recording Investment Transactions; 9.6 Purchasing a Security; 9.7 Selling a Security; 9.8 Recording and Reinvesting Income; 9.9 Recording a Stock Split; 9.10 Placeholder Entries; 9.11 Evaluating Your Portfolio; 9.12 A Quick Tour of Quicken Planning Tools; Chapter 10: Reports and Graphs; 10.1 Running Reports; 10.2 A Quick Guide to Quicken Reports; 10.3 A Review of Report Preferences; 10.4 Printing Reports and Graphs; 10.5 Customizing Reports; 10.6 Saving a Report; Appendix A: Keyboard Shortcuts; A.1 Task Shortcuts; A.2 Working with Transactions; A.3 Dates; A.4 Moving Around in Quicken Windows; Appendix B: Quicken Help; B.1 Quicken Help; B.2 Task-Specific Quicken Help; B.3 Quicken Product and Customer Support; B.4 The Quicken Forums; B.5 Other Quicken Resources; Colophon;