Microsoft Money 2000 For Dummies

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Overview

If you own Microsoft Money 2000, you've made the decision to take control of your personal finances. Microsoft Money 2000 For Dummies is the ideal accompaniment to empower you with this tool and make the most of your important decision. Consult this book and stay on top of your financial decisions with easy-to-understand sections on . . .
  • Navigating through Money's windows
  • Setting up accounts, categorizing spending and income, and printing checks
  • Reconciling an account and recording transactions
  • Budgeting and scheduling your bill payments
  • Planning for retirement and other future events
  • Analyzing and monitoring investments, loans, assets, and liabilities

Microsoft Money 2000 For Dummies also helps small business managers who want to stay on top of finances and plan for the future by breaking down complex financial and computer terms into manageable language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764505799
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/20/1999
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Whom This Book Is For 1
About This Book 2
Foolish Assumptions 2
Conventions Used in This Book 3
Icons Used in This Book 4
Part I Setting Up and Starting Out 5
Chapter 1 Introducing Money 7
Finding Out How Money Tracks Your Finances 7
Starting the Program 8
A Fast Trip around the Money Windows 10
Personalizing the Home Page 13
Shutting Down Money 15
Money Express: The Fast Way to Enter Transactions 16
Getting Help When You Need It 17
Chapter 2 Setting Up Your Accounts 21
Accounts and Registers for Recording Financial Transactions 21
The Basics: Setting Up Checking, Savings, and Credit Card Accounts 24
Chapter 3 Recording Your Financial Activity 35
The Basics: Recording Transactions in Savings and Checking Registers 35
Recording Transactions in Credit Card and Line of Credit Accounts 49
Fixing Mistakes in Account Registers 52
Printing a Register 60
Chapter 4 Categorizing Your Spending and Income 63
Looking at the Ways to Categorize Income and Spending 64
Setting Up Your Own Categories and Subcategories 65
Getting Ready for Tax Time with Tax-Related Categories 68
Setting Up and Defining a Classification 70
Correcting Transactions Recorded in the Wrong Category 74
Renaming and Deleting Categories and Classifications 77
Chapter 5 Reconciling, or Balancing, an Account 83
How Reconciling Works 83
Balancing an Account 84
Help! The Darn Thing Won't Reconcile! 88
Reconciling a Credit Card Account 91
Chapter 6 Writing and Printing Checks 95
Deciding What Kind of Check to Order 96
Ordering the Checks 97
Getting Your Printer Ready to Print Checks 99
At Last -- Time to Print the Checks 100
Whoops! My Checks Didn't Print Correctly 108
Part II Going Online with Money 111
Chapter 7 Getting Ready to Go Online 113
Reviewing the Online Services That Money Offers 113
Laying the Groundwork 115
Setting Up a Money Account So That It Works Online 120
Changing the Status of an Online Bank Account 122
Changing Your Mind about the Online Banking Services 122
Chapter 8 Banking and Bill Paying Online 125
Connecting to Your Bank 125
Banking Online 128
Paying the Bills Online 134
Chapter 9 The High-Tech Investor 141
Getting Ready to Download Stock and Mutual Fund Quotes 141
Downloading Stock and Mutual Fund Quotes 144
Money Central: Researching Investments Online 145
Money Central: Scrutinizing the Investments You Own 146
Part III Getting Your Money's Worth 149
Chapter 10 Budgeting with Money 151
Drawing Up the Budget 152
Seeing Whether You Met Your Budget Goals 159
If You Drew Up More Than One Budget 160
Chapter 11 Paying the Bills on Time 163
Scheduling a Bill Payment 164
How Money Tells You to Pay Bills 167
Scheduling Deposits, Transfers, and Investment Purchases 168
Recording a Scheduled Transaction in a Register 169
Skipping a Scheduled Transaction 170
Canceling a Scheduled Transaction 171
Keeping Detailed Records on Payees 171
Chapter 12 Some Important Housekeeping Chores 175
Backing Up and Restoring Money Files 175
Deleting and Closing Bank Accounts 180
Creating an Archive File for Past Transactions 181
Renaming and Deleting Files 183
Part IV Improving Your Financial Picture 185
Chapter 13 Reports and Charts for Seeing Where You Stand Financially 187
A Look at the Pick a Report or Chart Window 188
Looking at the Pick a Report or Chart Window 189
Creating a Report or Chart 195
Customizing Reports and Charts 197
Printing Reports and Charts 202
Exporting a Report or Chart 203
Chapter 14 Planning for the Years Ahead 207
Being Alerted to Important Events 207
Introducing the Lifetime Planner 209
Planning to Get Out of Debt 217
Estimating Your Tax Bill 218
Chapter 15 Making Loan and Mortgage Decisions with Money 223
Calculating the Costs of a Loan 224
Comparing One Loan or Mortgage to Another 228
Home Worksheet: Finding Out How Much You Can Pay for a House 229
Purchase Wizard: Getting Advice for Gathering the Down Payment 231
Special Help for House and Car Buyers 232
Chapter 16 Tracking Assets, Liabilities, Loans, and Mortgages 235
Understanding How to Track Assets, Liabilities, Loans, and Mortgages with Money 236
Tracking the Value of a House or Other Asset 236
Cataloging the Items in Your Household 239
Tracking Your Liabilities 241
Tracking Loans and Mortgages 241
Chapter 17 Money for Investors 253
Your Own Electronic Portfolio 253
Editing an Investment or Retirement Account Transaction 260
Updating the Price of a Security 261
Analyzing and Comparing Investments 262
Recording Payments to and Disbursements from Brokers 263
Handling Stocks and Bonds 264
Handling Mutual Funds 271
Other Kinds of Investments 274
Part V Money and the Small Business Manager 277
Chapter 18 Getting Ready to Record Business Transactions 279
Is Money Right for Your Business? 279
Creating a Separate File for Tracking Business Activity 280
Setting Up Accounts for Your Business 282
Creating the Right Categories for Your Business 283
Setting Up and Using a Cash Account 283
Protecting Business Files with Passwords 284
Chapter 19 Paying and Sending Out Bills 287
Tracking What Is Owed Your Business 287
Tracking Payments to Vendors 291
Reports for Gauging Your Business's Health 292
Chapter 20 Handling the Payroll 295
An Overview: Using Money to Track the Payroll 295
Setting Up the Liability Accounts and Subcategories 297
Writing a Paycheck 298
Paying Taxes to Federal and State Governments 299
Getting the Numbers for W-2 and W-3 Forms 300
Part VI The Part of Tens 303
Chapter 21 Ten Things You Should Do Periodically 305
Back Up Your Data File 305
Update Your Savings and Checking Account Registers 306
Balance Your Accounts 306
Balance Your Credit Card Accounts 306
Personalize the Home Page 307
Generate an "Income vs. Spending" Report 307
Print Your Account Registers 307
Make an Archive File and Put It Away 308
Prune Your Payee List 308
Stop and Smell the Roses 308
Chapter 22 Ten Ways to Good Health -- Financially Speaking, That Is 309
Record Credit Card Transactionsas You Make Them 309
Pay Off All Your Credit Card Debt 310
Leave Your Plastic at Home 310
Create a "Where the Money Goes" Chart 310
Create a Monthly Cash Flow Report 311
Create a Budget 311
Plan Ahead for Your Retirement 311
Set Aside Money for a Rainy Day 311
Make Like a New Dog -- Learn New Tricks 312
Take the Day Off 312
Chapter 23 Ten Things You Should Do If You Are Self-Employed 313
Diligently Record Your Financial Activity 313
Make Sure That All Tax-Related Expenses Are Marked as Such 314
Print a Tax-Related Transactions Report for Your Accountant 314
Use the Memo Box Early and Often 315
Set Aside a Tenth of Your Income in a Savings Account 315
Schedule Your Quarterly Tax Payments 315
Use Classifications to Track Business Expenses 316
Open a Checking Account for Business Transactions 316
Write a Check to Yourself Periodically 316
Keep Your Irons on the Fire 317
Chapter 24 Ten Things Ex-Quicken Users Should Know about Money 319
You Can Use Your Old Quicken File in Money 320
Some Things Are Lost in the Conversion 321
Some Quicken Features Have No Equivalent in Money 321
You Can Find Out Exactly How Quicken and Money Differ 322
In Money, Transactions Are Entered on Forms 322
You Get from Place to Place Differently in Money 322
Your Quicken Checks Are Good in Money 323
Quicken's Online Banking Services Are No Good with Money 323
Your Payee List Is Way, Way Too Long 323
Money Offers Help Advice for Quicken Users 324
Appendix A Installing Microsoft Money 2000 325
Before You Install the Program 325
Installing (Or Reinstalling) the Program 325
Appendix B An Extremely Short Windows Primer 329
Giving Commands 329
All About Dialog Boxes 332
Minimizing and Maximizing Windows 333
Switching Applications with the Taskbar 333
Appendix C A Glossary of Financial and Computer Terms 335
Index 339
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