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To guide them through this wealth of services, Quicken 99 users need Quicken 99 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide. Covering all four software versions-basic, deluxe, home and business, and suite-with clear instructions and plenty of illustrations, this book enables readers to quickly make sense of their present finances, plan for the future, and even face tax time more easily.
Sound familiar? It certainly does to me; I was one of those people for many years. I finally got fed up with feeling that my finances were out of my control, so one December evening
I bought a copy of Quicken Deluxe and promised myself that I would start using it when the new year began. I kept that promise, and melodramatic as it sounds, it changed my life. I used Quicken to take stock of my finances and identify where I was handling my money poorly. Then I came up with a plan to pay off my debts and start saving for the future. Today I'm happy to say that I no longer wonder what my financial picture is, because Quicken gives me all the information that I need.If you want to get better control over your finances, this book is for you. I'll show you how to use Quicken to help you get out of debt, manage your present finances, and invest for the future. Just the facts, Ma'amPersonally, I don't have a lot of patience with computer books that are so big they'll cause injury if you accidentally drop them on your foot. I'd rather open a book, find out how to do a task, and toss the book back on the shelf without wading through endless blather and more details than I ever wanted to know.In this book, I've organized different financial tasks into chapters, and within each chapter are step-by-step directions that tell you exactly how to accomplish various tasks.On occasion, you'll see these icons: They point out the differences between the four versions of the Quicken package: Quicken Basic 99, Quicken Deluxe 99, Quicken Home & Business 99, and Quicken Suite 99. Whenever you see the icons, it means that the feature under discussion is only for that version.My Assumptions About You
In writing this book, I've made the following assumptions about you. First, you own one of the versions of Quicken 99 and a Windows PC that's powerful enough to run the program. That's not a difficult requirement, as Quicken 99 will run on machines using a 486 processor at 66 MHz (though a Pentium-class machine is recommended), with at least 12 MB of RAM, running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.
I've also made the assumption that you're familiar with the basics of Windows. You don't need to be a Windows guru, although concepts such as selecting text, clicking and dragging, and using files and folders shouldn't stump you. If you need to brush up on the essentials, allow me to suggest that you pick up a copy of Windows 98: Visual QuickStart Guide by Steve Sagman, also published by Peachpit Press.
Last, I've made the assumption that if you have bought this book, you're a person of uncommon discernment, style, and grace. If you're just leafing through these pages in a bookstore, I'm trusting you not to let me down.What's Not in This Book
Because I wanted to write a book that was genuinely useful, rather than one that slavishly touched every base and documented every Quicken feature , I had to decide what I didn't want to put in the book. So I looked through Quicken for features that were little used or that weren't that great. The first feature to get the heave-ho was Budgeting. Making budgets is one of those things that everyone says they want to do, but hardly anyone really does. This isn't just my opinion; I've seen surveys of real Quicken users that bear me out. My apologies to you if you are one of the few, the proud, who really do budgets. A close relative to Budgeting is Forecasting, which also did not make the cut.While I've included three chapters on investments, those chapters are intended for the relatively light-duty investor. If you have a modest stock portfolio, some mutual funds, and some other savings plans, the investment chapters should work just fine for you. But it you're constantly churning your portfolio, buying and selling options, and otherwise seriously playing the markets, you may find my investment chapters a bit thin. If that's the case, you'll find more detailed help in the Quicken User Guide and on Intuit's Web site, Quicken.com (http://www.quicken.com).I've also skipped over some of Quicken's less interesting features, such as the Progress Bars (they work with Budgeting; check out the online help if you really need to know more about them) and the Quicken Home Inventory program-the latter is one of the few outright flops in the otherwise excellent Quicken package.Let's Get Started
A popular bit of philosophy states that the journey is the reward. I'm afraid my pragmatic side says that when it comes to money, the reward is the reward. In this case, using Quicken can mean smarter control over your finances, and in turn a better and richer life for yourself and for your family. That's a journey well worth taking. Thanks for joining me.
|Ch. 1||Introducing Quicken 99||3|
|Ch. 2||Setting Up Accounts||15|
|Ch. 3||Tracking with Categories||21|
|Ch. 4||Using the Account Registers||27|
|Ch. 5||Automating Your Transactions||43|
|Ch. 6||Writing and Printing Checks||53|
|Ch. 7||Using the Financial Calendar||63|
|Ch. 8||Using Quicken Home Page||73|
|Ch. 9||Balancing Your Checkbook||83|
|Ch. 10||Online Banking and Bill Paying||91|
|Ch. 11||Dealing with Credit Cards||99|
|Ch. 12||Working with Loans and Mortgages||105|
|Ch. 13||Quicken at Tax Time||111|
|Ch. 14||Setting Up Investment Accounts||121|
|Ch. 15||Tracking and Managing Investments||131|
|Ch. 16||Getting Investment Information Online||141|
|Ch. 17||Creating Reports||149|
|Ch. 18||Creating Graphs||163|
|Ch. 19||Using the Financial Planners||171|
|Ch. 20||Using Quicken.com||185|
|Ch. 21||Using Quicken Family Lawyer||193|
|Ch. 22||Setting Up Your Small Business||203|
|Ch. 23||Invoicing & Receiving Business Income||209|
|Ch. 24||Recording and Paying Business Bills||221|
|Ch. 25||Getting Business Reports||227|