How to Set Up File Passwords in Quicken 2015

By Stephen L. Nelson

Before you set up a password and then start relying on it to protect your information, remember that a Quicken password only prevents someone from accessing your data with Quicken. Using a password doesn’t prevent someone from fooling around with your computer itself.

You still want a password? Okay. Here are the steps for setting up a password for a Quicken file:

  1. Select the file you want to protect with a password.

    If the file you want to password-protect is not the active file, choose File→Open, double-click the file you want or select it in the Open dialog box, and click OK.

  2. Choose File→Set Password for This Data File.

    Quicken displays the Quicken File Password dialog box.

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  3. Enter the password in the New Password text box.

    You can use up to 16 characters. Quicken differentiates between lowercase and uppercase characters, by the way, so Washington, wASHINGTON, and WASHINGTON are all different from its point of view. Also, Quicken doesn’t display the actual characters you type; it displays asterisks instead. If you type Dog, for example, it displays ***. (Passwords require strict secrecy, you see.)

  4. Enter the password you want to use again — this time, in the Confirm Password text box — and then click OK.

    Congratulations! You’re done.

Assigning a password to a file doesn’t prevent you from doing anything with the file that you’d normally do. But the next time you try to use this file — after you start Quicken or when you try to select the file by choosing the File→Open command — Quicken will ask you for the file’s password. You need to supply the password to gain access to the file.