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Quicken 2005 For Dummies Paperback – August 20, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0764571718 ISBN-10: 0764571710 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd edition (August 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764571710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764571718
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Manage your bills, minimize taxes, and maximize savings!

Here’s the quick way to handle personal or small business finances with Quicken

Want to keep flawless financial records, make the most of your money, and be prepared for tax time, painlessly? Quick – grab this book! It’ll show you how to set up and use the newest version of Quicken to keep a personal or business checkbook, bank online, handle loan payments, track investments, prepare payroll, and more.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Set up Quicken or update from an earlier version
  • Track income and expenses
  • Generate reports
  • Follow your investments
  • Manage accounts receivable and payable
  • Handle payroll for your small business

About the Author

Stephen L. Nelson, MBA, CPA, author of QuickBooks For Dummies, provides accounting, business advisory, and tax services to small businesses. He has written over 100 books that have sold more than four million copies.

More About the Author

Stephen L. Nelson, MBA, CPA, provides accounting, business advisory, tax planning, and tax preparation services to small businesses. He belongs to the American Institute of CPAs and is a prolific author.

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kicking back in New England on November 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have been a Quicken user for years and have been happy with all the improvements over time! Needless to say - I have repeatedly raved about this great software, but my in-laws are computer phobes and have resisted even trying it.

I purchased "Quicken 2005 for Dummies" for them and assured them the book would answer all their questions. Well, they hemmed and hawed for a few more days, but then tried it out. It worked like a charm! Any question they had was answered quickly by the book and they now feel they invented the software! (You can only imagine how ecstatic they were when they discovered google!).

If you are new to quicken, or are already a believer and want to get someone else hooked, this book is really worth it! Thanks Mr. Nelson for a great guide to some super software!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Arctic Reporter on March 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Quicken 2005 for Dummies is the latest edition it the Quicken for Dummies series, all editions written by Stephen L. Nelson. Nelson also wrote all editions of the QuickBooks for Dummies. Whereas Quicken focuses on personal financial record keeping, QuickBooks focuses on business accounting. If your immediate interest is taxes, you might want also to check Taxes 2005 for Dummies by the same publisher, Wiley. More than a million copies of the various editions of Quicken for Dummies have been sold, and that indicates consumer satisfaction with the book in general. It is an easy-to-use guide to the popular Quicken personal finance software.

Although focused on Quicken Premier software for Windows, Quicken 2005 for Dummies contains useful guidelines, tips, and warnings for any Quicken user. The Mac user can refer to the Quick Start card that comes with the Quicken 2005 for Mac for Mac-specific information, like backing up Quicken data and keyboard shortcuts.

After a brief introduction, the book is divided into six parts, the first providing a brief overview of the Quicken 2005 software. The basics section covers checkbooks, accessing online accounts, generating reports and charts, balancing accounts, and calculators for investments, retirements, college, and taxes. The home finance section addresses credit cards, debit cards, petty cash, mutual funds, and stocks and bonds. The business section has a chapter on payroll and one on receivables and payables. The concluding section lists frequently asked questions, with answers, and provides both finance tips and Quicken troubleshooting tips. Part 6 contains an appendix on Windows and a glossary of financial and computing terms. The book also has a detailed table of contents and an index.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. P. Dictum on January 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Like Steve Nelson, I too am a CPA and MBA, with a JD thrown in for good measure. Unlike Steve, I don't make my living writing how-to books for software. I've been searching in vain for a book that takes a look under the hood of Quicken. As Steve points out, "[I]f you're an experienced Quicken user and want to 'take your personal accounting to the next level,' the book is probably a poor choice ... [I]f you're looking for encyclopedic coverage of all Quicken features, this is not the book for you." Regrettably, such books DON'T EXIST. If you have technical training in accounting, Quicken is a real stinkeroo because it is NOT a double-entry accounting system, but rather a sophisticated database application. It uses procedures and terminology foreign to accountants, masking much of its functionality with obscure, proprietary language and reports. Regrettably, Scott Cook (founder of Quicken) won the marketing war and now we're stuck with this beast (or MS Money, which possesses the same faults) for personal finance. Except for some obscure Linux programs, these two packages dominate the market, yet there are no publications intended for tax and accounting professionals to maximize the usefulness of this software. So if you're a beginner, dive right in and get started. If you're experienced with either Quicken or accounting or both, you're on your own. Apparently Intuit (and other publishers) want to keep us in the dark, force us to spend unconscionable amounts of time with their software, and steer customers towards Intuit's "certified" consultants.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TucsonJohn on February 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
It's an excellent book--unless you have a Mac. To my disappointment, I discovered very little useful info for "the rest of us." Tip to Mac users: before you purchase this book from Amazon, skim through a copy at your local bookstore and see if it's worth the price! Had I done that, I wouldn't have bought it. My fault.
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