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Mark Cleared Checks and Deposits to Balance Accounts

When balancing an account in Quicken 2012, you need to tell Quicken which deposits and checks have cleared at the bank. (Refer to your bank statement for this information.) [more…]

Ensure That the Difference Equals Zero When Balancing Accounts

When balancing an account in Quicken 2012, you mark all the cleared checks and deposits. At this point, the difference between the cleared balance for the account and the bank statement’s ending balance [more…]

Ten Things To Do If Your Quicken 2012 Account Doesn’t Balance

If you're having problems reconciling an account in Quicken 2012 or if you’re sitting in front of your computer wringing your hands, try the following tips. [more…]

Back Up Quicken 2012 the Quick-and-Dirty Way

You should back up the files that Quicken 2012 uses to store your financial records. You’re busy. You don’t have time to fool around. You just want to do a passable job backing up files. Sound like your [more…]

Decide When to Back Up Your Quicken 2012 Files

You don't need tricky, technical examples of fancy backup strategies; they have no point here. You want to know the basics of backing up your Quicken 2012 files, right? Back up every month after you reconcile [more…]

What to Do If You Lose Backed-up Quicken 2012 Data

What happens if you lose all your Quicken 2012 data sometime after you've backed up? First of all, you can a little feel smug. Get a cup of coffee. Lean back in your chair. Gloat for a couple of minutes [more…]

What to Do If You Lose Quicken 2012 Data (Not Backed Up)

What do you do if you haven’t backed up your files in a while and you lose all the data in your Quicken 2012 files? Okay. Stay calm. All may not be lost. [more…]

How to Flip-Flop between Quicken 2012 Files

You can have more than one Quicken file at any time. Most people won’t want to do this. But, for example, you can use different files to keep your personal financial records separate from business financial [more…]

What to Do When Quicken 2012 Files Get Too Big

You can enter a large number of transactions in a Quicken 2012 file; in fact, you can record tens of thousands of transactions in a single account or file. In spite of these huge numbers, there are some [more…]

How to Shrink a Quicken 2012 File

When a Quicken 2012 file gets too big to effectively deal with, you can shrink it down to size. Shrinking a file involves wholesale change, so you should first back up the file you’re about to shrink. [more…]

How to Set Up a File Password in Quicken 2012

Theoretically, Quicken 2012 passwords let you lock up your Quicken data so that your rebellious teenagers (if you’re using Quicken at home) or the night janitors [more…]

How to Change a File Password in Quicken 2012

After you set up a file password in Quicken 2012, you’re not stuck with it forever. You can either change the password or remove it by choosing File→Set Password For This Data File. [more…]

The Quicken 2012 Investment Savings Calculator

The Investment Savings Calculator in Quicken 2012 enables you to forecast portfolio future values and other similar stuff. Suppose that you want to know how much you’ll accumulate if you save [more…]

Use the Quicken 2012 Investment Savings Calculator to Become a Millionaire

So you want to be a millionaire someday. You can use the Quicken 2012 Investment Savings Calculator to try to realize this childhood dream. Use the Calculate option buttons, which appear in the Savings [more…]

The Quicken 2012 Loan Calculator

To help you better manage your debts, Quicken 2012 provides a neat Loan Calculator that computes loan payments and balances. Suppose that one afternoon, you’re wondering what the mortgage payment is on [more…]

The Quicken 2012 Refinance Calculator

The Quicken 2012 Refinance Calculator merely calculates the difference in mortgage payments if you make new, lower payments; then it tells you how long it would take the savings from these lower payments [more…]

Retirement Planning Calculations with Quicken 2012

You can use the Quicken 2012 Retirement Calculator to figure out how much interest your retirement account will accrue. Imagine that you decide to jump into your employer’s [more…]

The Quicken 2012 College Calculator

The Quicken 2012 College Calculator works like the Retirement Calculator. Suppose that you have a child who may attend college in ten years, and you haven’t started to save yet. If the local university [more…]

The Quicken 2012 Tax Planner

Quicken 2012 comes with a very powerful, very useful Tax Planner. The Tax Planner helps you make a precise estimate of the taxes that you’ll owe. To use the Tax Planner, take the following steps: [more…]

Miscellaneous Quicken 2012 Planning Tools

Besides the most popular personal financial planning tools that many use with Quicken 2012, the program provides some other interesting and, for some people, useful tax and financial planning tools. [more…]

Do You Need to Track Credit Card Purchases with Quicken 2012?

If you do carry a credit card balance — and about 50 percent of people do — you can set up a Quicken 2012 credit card account and use it for tracking credit card purchases. If you just need to keep track [more…]

How to Add a Credit Card Account in Quicken 2012

To set up a credit card account in Quicken 2012, you follow roughly the same steps as you do to set up a bank account. Here’s what you do: [more…]

How to Record a Credit Card Charge in Quicken 2012

Recording a credit card charge in Quicken 2012 is similar to recording a check or bank account withdrawal. For the sake of illustration, suppose that you charge [more…]

How to Pay Credit Card Bills with Quicken 2012

If you’re tracking the credit card account balance with a credit card account, Quicken 2012 provides two ways for you to pay a credit card bill.

Note: If you’re not using a credit card account in Quicken [more…]

Tell Quicken 2012 What the Credit Card Company Says When Reconciling

To reconcile a credit card account in Quicken 2012, first get your credit card statement. The next step is to tell Quicken what that nasty credit card company says. Follow these steps and put on some music [more…]

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