Microsoft Money 98 for Dummies

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Overview

Invest in Microsoft's top-selling Money 98 personal financial software, and you're sure to see a good return. Add Microsoft Money 98 For Dummies to the deal, and you see even greater returns -- in the form of accurate budget, checking, and investment management, online bill paying, long-term financial plans, and more.

In Microsoft Money 98 For Dummies, computing expert Peter Weverka takes you step by step through setting up your accounts in Money and provides a complete reference to save you time and frustration as you reconcile statements.

Microsoft Money 98 For Dummies even takes you boldly into the world of online banking, where writing checks is a thing of the past, and your bills are paid on time automatically. In addition, you discover how to transform raw data into charts that paint a clear picture of your financial situation. But Microsoft Money 98 For Dummies doesn't limit itself to your personal finances. This reference is also your guide to managing your small business' finances -- including payroll -- with Money 98.

Plus, on the bonus CD-ROM accompanying Microsoft Money 98 For Dummies, you get the complete Microsoft Money 98 Financial Suite to try out for 90 days.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764502958
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Whom This Book Is For
What's in This Book, Anyway?
Foolish Assumptions about You
Conventions Used in This Book
Dig These Special Icons
I'd Like to Hear from You!

Part I: Setting Up and Starting Out

Chapter 1: Introducing Money
Finding Out How Money Tracks Your Finances
Starting the Program
Starting Money from the Programs menu
Creating a shortcut icon for Money
Taking a Fast Trip around the Money Screens
The Home screen
Going from place to place: The Navigation bar, Go menu, and Back button
The Navigation bar
The Go menu
The Back button
Shutting Down Money
Getting Help When You Need It
Asking the Help program for assistance
Getting help with a screen or window
Getting help with on-screen options
Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Accounts
Accounts and Registers for Recording Financial Transactions
The Basics: Setting Up Checking, Savings, and Credit Card Accounts
Setting up a checking or savings account
Telling Money about the account details
Changing the name, account type, and other information
Setting up an account to track credit card and line of credit transactions
Chapter 3: Recording Your Financial Activity
The Basics: Recording Transactions in Savings and Checking Registers
Opening an account register
Recording checks, deposits, and withdrawals in registers
Splitting transactions that don't fit in one category
How's your view of the register?
Transferring money between accounts
Recording Transactions in Credit Card and Line of Credit Accounts
Recording credit card and line of credit charges
Recording a credit
Recording a credit card payment
Fixing Mistakes in Registers
Finding a transaction so you can fix it
Moving around in an Account Register
Searching with the Find command
Changing, or editing, a transaction
Voiding and deleting transactions
Voiding a transaction
Deleting a transaction
Moving transactions from one account to another
Printing a Register
Chapter 4: Categorizing Your Spending and Income
Looking at the Ways to Categorize Income and Spending
Setting Up Your Own Categories and Subcategories
Creating a new category
Creating a new subcategory
Getting Ready for Tax Time with Tax-Related Categories
Telling Money that a category is tax-related
Tagging categories to tax form line-items
Setting Up and Defining a Classification
Setting up a classification
Defining the classes and sub-classes
Correcting Transactions Recorded in the Wrong Category
Moving all transactions from one category to another category
Reassigning transactions to new categories one at a time
Renaming and Deleting Categories and Classifications
Renaming a category or subcategory
Renaming a classification
Deleting a category or subcategory
Deleting a classification
Chapter 5: Reconciling, or Balancing, an Account
How Reconciling Works
Reconciling an Account
Telling Money which transactions cleared the bank
Fixing mistakes as you reconcile
Help! The Darn Thing Won't Reconcile!
A checklist of things to do if you can't reconcile
Money's AutoReconcile gizmo
Reconciling a Credit Card Account
Chapter 6: Writing and Printing Checks
Deciding What Kind of Check to Order
Ordering the Checks
Getting Your Printer Ready to Print Checks
At Last -- Time to Print the Checks
Recording checks that you intend to print
Making adjustments to the text alignment
Printing a full sheet of checks
Printing partial sheets of checks
Including addresses on checks
Whoops! My Checks Didn't Print Correctly

Part II: Going Online with Money

Chapter 7: Getting Ready to Go Online
Reviewing the Online Services That Money Offers
Laying the Groundwork
The equipment you need
Telling Money about your modem, browser, and Internet connection
Finding out whether your bank or credit card company offers online banking services
Signing up to bank and pay bills online
Setting up a money account so it works online
Changing Your Mind about the Online Banking Services
Disabling an online account
Canceling the online banking services
Chapter 8: Banking and Bill-Paying Online
Connecting to Your Bank
Telling Money which transactions to send
Making the connection
Banking Online
Getting accurate, up-to-date account information
Transferring money between accounts
Sending e-mail to the bank
Paying the Bills Online
Recording the online payment
Providing the payee information
Shooting your payment into cyberspace
Stopping a payment after it's sent
Inquiring about a payment
Chapter 9: The High-Tech Investor
Getting Ready to Download Stock and Mutual Fund Quotes
Downloading Stock and Mutual Fund Quotes
Microsoft Investor: Researching Investments Online
Researching prospective investments
Researching securities you already own

Part III: Getting Your Money's Worth

Chapter 10: Budgeting with Money
Drawing Up the Budget
Looking at the Budget & Savings Plan window
Telling Money about your income
Describing monthly debt payments
Telling Money about retirement, investment, and savings plans
Budgeting your monthly expenses
Entering the category-by-category budget goals
Entering tax-deduction information
Reporting on yourself
Creating a Budget Graph to See How Well You Did
Chapter 11: Paying the Bills on Time
Scheduling a Payment in the Bill Calendar
Telling Money When to List Bills on the Home Screen
Recording a Scheduled Payment in the Register
Skipping and Canceling Scheduled Payments
Paying a Bill Early
Scheduling Automatic Deposits and Transfers
Keeping Detailed Records on Payees
Entering payee names and data
Pruning the Payees list
Chapter 12: Some Important Housekeeping Chores
Backing Up and Restoring Money Files
Backing up your financial data
Telling Money to back up to a floppy drive
Backing up a data file
Restoring a file from its backup copy
Deleting and Closing Bank Accounts
Creating an Archive File for Past Transactions
Renaming and Deleting Files

Part IV: Improving Your Financial Picture

Chapter 13: Reports and Charts for Seeing Where You Stand Financially
Strolling through the Gallery of Reports and Charts
Looking at the Catalogue of Reports and Charts
Spending habits: Where the money goes and comes from
What I have: A look at assets and liabilities
What I owe: A look at debts and upcoming bills
Investments: Examining your portfolio's performance
Taxes: A look at tax-related transactions and capital gains
Monthly reports: Seeing how you fared this month
My Favorites
Creating a Report or Chart
Generating the report or chart
Turning reports into charts and charts into reports
Investigating the figures from which a chart or report was constructed
Customizing Reports and Charts
Changing the content of reports and charts
Changing the look of reports and charts
Adding a customized report or chart to the Favorites category
Printing Reports and Charts
Getting ready to print a report or chart
Printing the report or chart
Exporting a Report
Chapter 14: Planning for the Years Ahead
Introducing the Goal Planner
Telling Money about yourself
Grouping your savings and investment accounts
Describing your lifetime goals and events
Making a plan to get out of debt
Generating a Lifetime Forecast or Short-term Forecast chart
Estimating Your Tax Bill
Chapter 15: Making Loan and Mortgage Decisions with Money
The Loan Worksheet: Calculating the Costs of Borrowing
Investigating how initial costs alter the costs of a mortgage
Entering the variable-rate data
Comparing One Loan or Mortgage to Another
The Home Worksheet: Finding Out How Much You Can Pay
Chapter 16: Tracking Assets, Liabilities, Loans, and Mortgages
Understanding How to Track Assets, Liabilities, Loans, and Mortgages with Money
Tracking the Value of a House or Other Asset
Setting up an asset or house account
Recording changes in the value of an asset or house
Tracking Your Liabilities
Tracking Loans and Mortgages
Setting up a loan account
Fixing loan account errors
Recording loan and mortgage payments
Paying early and often
Adjusting loan account balances
Updating the interest rate on a loan
Chapter 17: Money for Investors
Your Own Electronic Portfolio
Setting up an investment or retirement account
Describing the securities in investment and retirement accounts
Updating the price of a security
Examining the Investments in a Portfolio
Handling Stocks and Bonds
Recording a purchase of more stocks or more bonds
Recording the sale of stocks and bonds
Recording and reinvesting dividends
Recording stock splits, short sells, margin purchases, and other esoterica
Stock splits
Short sells
Return of capital
Margin purchases
Handling Mutual Funds
Recording the sale or purchase of mutual funds
Recording dividends and distributions
Mutual fund dividend distributions
Mutual fund reinvestment distributions
Other Kinds of Investments
Precious metals
Certificates of deposit

Part V: Money and the Small Business Manager

Chapter 18: Getting Ready to Record Business Transactions
Is Money Right for Your Business?
Creating a Separate File for Tracking Business Activity
Creating the separate file
Opening the file you want to work with
Setting Up Accounts for Your Business
Creating the Right Categories for Your Business
Setting Up and Using a Cash Account
Protecting Business Files with Passwords
Locking a file with a password
Opening a file that has been given a password
Changing and removing passwords
Chapter 19: Paying and Sending Out Bills
Tracking What Is Owed Your Business
Recording invoices as they are sent
Recording payments as they arrive
Staying on top of unpaid invoices
Tracking Payments to Vendors
Chapter 20: Handling the Payroll
An Overview: Using Money to Track the Payroll
Setting Up the Liability Accounts and Subcategories
Writing a Paycheck
Paying Taxes to Federal and State Governments
Getting the Numbers for W-2 and W-3 Forms

Part VI: The Part of Tens

Chapter 21: Ten Things You Should Do Periodically
Back Up Your Data File
Update Your Savings and Checking Account Registers
Reconcile Your Bank Statements
Enter Your Credit Card Transactions
Reconcile Your Credit Card Statements
Generate a "Where the Money Goes" Chart
Print Your Account Registers
Make an Archive File and Put It Away
Prune Your Payee List
Stop and Smell the Roses
Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Good Health -- Financially Speaking, That Is
Record Credit Card Transactions as You Make Them
Pay Off All Your Credit Card Debt
Leave Your Plastic at Home
Create a "Where the Money Goes" Chart
Create a Monthly Cash Flow Report
Create a Budget
Plan Ahead for Your Retirement
Set Aside Money for a Rainy Day
Make Like a New Dog -- Learn New Tricks
Take the Day Off
Chapter 23: Ten Things to Do If You Are Self-Employed
Diligently Record Your Financial Activity
Make Sure That All Tax-Related Expenses Are Marked as Such
Print a Tax-Related Transactions Report for Your Accountant
Use the Memo Box Early and Often
Set Aside a Tenth of Your Income in a Savings Account
Schedule Your Quarterly Tax Payments
Use Classifications to Track Business Expenses
Open a Checking Account for Business Transactions
Write a Check to Yourself Periodically
Keep Your Irons on the Fire
Chapter 24: Ten Things Ex-Quicken Users Should Know about Money
Money Offers a Special Tour for Quicken Users
You Can Use Your Old Quicken File in Money
Some Things Are Lost in the Conversion
Some Quicken Features Have No Equivalent in Money
In Money, Transactions Are Entered on Forms
You Get from Place to Place Differently in Money
You Can Find Out Exactly How Quicken and Money Differ
Your Quicken Checks Are Good in Money
Quicken's Online Banking Services Are No Good with Money
Your Payee List Is Way, Way Too Long

Appendix A: Installing Microsoft Money 98

Before You Install the Program
Installing (Or Reinstalling) the Program

Appendix B: An Extremely Short Windows Primer

Giving Commands
Choosing commands from menus
Pressing a shortcut key combination
Clicking buttons
All about Dialog Boxes
Minimizing and Maximizing Windows
Switching Applications with the Taskbar

Appendix C: A Glossary of Financial and Computer Terms

Index

IDG Books Worldwide License Agreement

Installation Instructions

Book Registration Information

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