1 Getting started with Quicken Thank you for choosing Quicken This guide helps you get started with Quicken as quickly as possible. You ll find out how to: Use the Home tab Take a tour of Quicken Set up your first account Categorize your transactions Accept your transactions Get more out of Quicken Update your accounts Get help when you need it Use the Home tab The Home tab is a dashboard where you can track your finances and stay on top of your bills.
2 Set up your first account Follow these simple instructions and you will be up-and-running with Quicken in less than 10 minutes. 1. Minimize Quicken if it is open. If it is closed go directly to step Open your web browser and navigate to your bank web site. 3. Sign in to your bank web site. 4. Follow the procedures to select and download your primary bank account. 5. Choose Open. 6. Quicken will open or maximize automatically. 1 B YOUR BANK S WEBSITE 5
3 6. Quicken will offer to create the account for you. Note: You can change the name of the account. The name must be unique within Quicken. 7. Click the Import button to create and import the transactions. 8. The One Step Update Summary window will confirm that the account was updated. F G 8
4 Accept your transactions 1. When you look at your account you will notice that the downloaded transactions will appear at the bottom of the window. 2. Since this is a new account, click the Accept All button to move them to the account register. There you go! Your first account was created in Quicken. 1 B
5 Take a tour of Quicken Quicken is designed to make your day-to-day tasks as easy as possible. Here is a quick introduction to the controls you will use most often. Click the Account List icon to edit your account names and make other changes. Click the tabs to access tools and features organized around common financial activities. Click Account Actions for a menu of tasks, preferences, and reports related to the account you are working with. Click an account name in the Account Bar to open its register. The Account Bar is a list of the accounts you ve added to Quicken. A register is a list of transactions within an account. Click a transaction in a register to make changes, or click a blank line to enter a new transaction. Click Add an Account to set up more accounts.
6 Update your accounts To keep your account information up to date, go to your bank web site and download your latest information. YOUR BANK S WEBSITE Categorize your transactions Categorizing your transactions lets you see where you re spending your money. The good news is that Quicken does most of this work automatically for you! Quicken assigns categories to your transactions when it downloads them from your bank. For example, if you used your bank card at Sobey s, Quicken knows that Sobey s is a grocery store and it automatically assigns the category Food & Dining:Groceries to the transaction. In most cases, Quicken can accurately guess the category. In some cases, however, it won t recognize the transaction the first time it sees it for example, your rent cheque. Quicken also might assign a category to a transaction that you don t want for example, during that trip to Sobey s you may have bought pet food, which you want to track under the category Pets:Pet Food & Supplies instead of Food & Dining:Groceries. Naturally, you ll want to assign the correct categories to your transactions. Here s how
7 Use the spending tab to categorize transactions The steps below use the Spending tab to assign a category to a transaction. The process is identical if you use a Quicken account register. However, a key advantage of using the Spending tab is that it alerts you if you have any uncategorized transactions. 1. Click the Spending tab. The Spending tab shows you the transactions from your spending accounts. It also has a cool pie chart that shows you where your money is going Click the transaction that you want to change the category for. B
8 3. Click the button next to the category you want to change. C 4. Click the category you want from the list. D If the category you want isn t in the list, click the Add Category button.
9 Get more out of Quicken When you start to feel more comfortable with Quicken, here are some things you might want to check out. Manage your investments: You can add brokerage accounts to Quicken and track your investment performance from within the Investments tab. (Quicken Home & Business only) Track your business: If you own a business, you can track your income and expenses and performance. (Quicken Home & Business only) Report on your finances: Take a look at the reports and graphs in Quicken. You ll find reports like Income vs. Expense and Spending by Category both very helpful when you re trying to figure out where you stand. Choose Reports menu > Reports & Graphs Center. Add your paycheque: The Paycheque Setup wizard helps you enter all the income and deductions listed on your paycheque. Quicken uses this information in taxrelated planners and calculators. Click the Planning tab, click the Tax Center button, and then click Add Paycheque. (Some features only available in Quicken Home & Business version) Use the All Transactions register: The All Transactions register lets you review and work with transactions from all your spending, asset, and liability accounts in one place. This helps you easily identify uncategorized transactions, and edit your transactions in one place.
10 Get help when you need it We want to make sure you get the help you need. If, after reading this guide, you have questions, you can turn to the following resources. Quicken Help 1. Click the Help menu. 2. Select Quicken Help or click the F1 key. 3. Then select the Contents tab. The contents area lets you refer to specific chapters about the various areas that Quicken Home & Business covers. C Note: Quicken Cash Manager has the same help file but does not provide all the listed features. Quicken Live Community An online forum where you can get answers from other Quicken users and experts. This online community is hosted by the US since the number of US users is much larger than Canadian users. You can also access Live Community at qlc.intuit.com Quicken Support If you need help, contact Support at Thank you again! We hope this short guide gets you up and running with Quicken. We appreciate your business and work hard every day to make Quicken the best personal finance solution on the market. The Quicken Team
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