Using Quicken 2012

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The Quicken 2012 Calendar

The bar along the top of the Quicken 2012 Calendar provides some other tools that you may want to use. You’ll have more fun trying them out yourself than you would reading about them. [more…]

Give Quicken 2012 the Bank’s Information to Balance Accounts

The first step when balancing an account is to supply Quicken 2012 with the bank’s account information. This information comes from your monthly statement. Supply Quicken with the figures it needs as follows [more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

How to Reconcile a Quicken 2012 Credit Card Account

After you give Quicken 2012 an overview of your credit card situation, you can note which charges have cleared and which charges have not. If you’re comfortable whipping through a bank reconciliation, [more…]

How to Postpone Reconciling a Quicken 2012 Credit Card Account

You can postpone reconciling a credit card account in Quicken 2012 by clicking the Finish Later button on the Reconcile screen. When you click this button, you abandon your reconciliation work. Transactions [more…]

Pay Your Credit Card Bill in Quicken 2012 When Reconciling

After you finish reconciling a credit card account in Quicken 2012, Quicken does two things. First, if some of the stuff in the credit card register doesn’t agree with the credit card statement, Quicken [more…]

Online Banking and Credit Card Accounts in Quicken 2012

Quicken 2012 supports online banking. If you have your credit card with a credit card company — probably a bank — that is set up to handle Quicken online banking, you can grab your credit card statement [more…]

How to Track Cash Inflows and Outflows in Quicken 2012

After you set up a cash account in Quicken 2012, you can use it to track the cash you receive and spend in the same way that you track the deposits and checks for a bank account. [more…]

PayPal and Quicken 2012

If you use PayPal, you can and should use Quicken 2012 to track the money flowing into and out of your PayPal account. Fortunately, tracking a PayPal account with Quicken is pretty dang easy. [more…]

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