How to Add Individual Categories to Quicken 2015
Quicken supplies categories to . . . well, categorize your spending. For example, you would probably use the Rent category to categorize all the checks you write to pay rent. The predefined categories list may be just what you want. Then again, it may not. Adding individual categories is a snap. Here’s all you have to do:
1Choose Tools→Category List.
Quicken displays the Category List window. This window lists the categories available and the accounts you’ve set up.
2Click the Add Category button in the Category List window.
The Add Category button, by the way, appears in the upper-right corner of the window. Quicken dutifully displays the Set Up Category dialog box. You probably aren’t surprised that you use this puppy to describe the new category.
3Enter a short name for the category.
Move the cursor to the Category Name text box and type a name. Although you can use up to 15 characters, use as short a name as possible to clearly identify the category. Why? Because you use this category name every time you want to tag a transaction to fall into the category.
4Enter a description for the category.
Move the cursor to the Description text box and then describe the category. Quicken uses the category description on reports that show the category. If you don’t add a description, Quicken just uses the category name. You don’t need a description, obviously, if your category name is . . . well, adequately descriptive.
5(Optional) Identify the category group.
Click the Options button at the bottom of the Category List window and choose Assign Category Group from the menu that Quicken displays. When Quicken displays the Assign Category Groups dialog box, click the Add Custom Groups button to create a new category group.
Then, with the Assign Category Groups dialog box still displayed, select the category you want to group from the Find the Category You’d Like to Re-Assign list box (shown on the left half of the dialog box) and then the category group you want to use from the Assign It to a Custom Category Group list box (shown on the right half of the dialog box). Click Done when you’re . . . well, done.
6Indicate whether the category is an income category or an expense category.
Select the appropriate Income, Expense, or Subcategory Of option button; just select the appropriate option button with your furry little friend, the mouse. You can use the dialog box’s drop-down list to indicate into which income or expense category a new subcategory falls.
7Indicate whether the category tracks an amount you will use on an input line on next year’s tax return.
If a category does track a tax deduction, click the Tax Reporting tab of the Set Up Category dialog box, move the cursor to the Tax-Related check box, and then select the check box if the category is tax-related or deselect the check box if the category isn’t tax-related.
Just to clear up any confusion, vacationing in Hawaii probably isn’t a tax deduction — even if your neighbor promises that it is. Then identify the form and line by opening the Tax Line Item drop-down list box and selecting one of its entries.
Quicken adds the new category in the Category List window and then redisplays the window. Now that you understand the stuff in the Category List window, note that it shows the category name; its type; notations concerning the category’s tax-reporting status; and even its description and group.