A large part of a doctor's job is measurement and observation--doctors can't make accurate diagnoses and treatment plans without an accurate picture of your body's condition. The same philosophy goes for personal finance. You have to have a sustainable, organized record-keeping system in place before you can plan for the future. That's the thinking behind Quicken 2000: The Official Guide
, which shows you how to use the Windows version of Quicken 2000 to organize your accounts. Maria Langer--an experienced communicator who has written several highly regarded software books--documents Quicken 2000 with level-headed descriptions of real-world money situations. If Quicken can handle your personal accounting needs (and it probably can), you'll find the how-to data you need here.
Langer competently explains the fundamentals of computerized personal finance (including bank accounts and loans) and goes into great depth on using Quicken to record investment transactions. Explanations of reporting, graphing, and Quicken's "Easy Answer" feature are simple to follow. In addition to the straight software information, this book includes some solid personal finance advice you can use to reduce your debt, cut your expenses, and improve the performance of your investments. Locating the details you want can be a bit of a challenge because of Quicken's intricate structure, but you'll be happy with the explanations you find here. --David Wall
Topics covered: All aspects of personal finance (as assisted by Quicken 2000 for Windows), setting up the program (the parts that reside on your computer as well as those that live on the Internet), recording transactions, setting up recurring transactions, recording and analyzing investment activity, generating tables and graphs, using Quicken.com, and improving your financial situation.
From the Back Cover
Take control of your finances with this Intuit-Authorized guide to the #1 personal finance software! Quicken 2000 harnesses the Internet to help you make more informed financial decisions. As the only guidebook officially approved by Intuit, Quicken 2000: The Official Guide shows you how to balance your checkbook, pay bills online, track investments, and much more. You'll also learn to use all the tools found on Quicken.com--the award-winning personal finance Web site. With step-by-step instructions, valuable worksheets, illustrative screens hots, and insider advice, this one-of-a-kind resource will help you maximize your money--and find money you didn't know you had!