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Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual Paperback – November 22, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0596515157 ISBN-10: 0596515154 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2nd edition (November 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596515154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596515157
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bonnie Biafore has always been a zealous planner, whether setting up software demos, cooking gourmet meals, or scheduling a vacation to test the waters of spontaneity. Ironically, fate, not planning, turned this obsession into a career as a project manager. When she isn't managing projects for clients, Bonnie writes about project management, small business accounting, personal finance, investing, and technology. She's also branching out into other "dry" topics with articles for the Wine Enthusiast. As an engineer, she's fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. She has a knack for mincing dry subjects like accounting and project management into easy to understand morsels and then spices them to perfection with her warped sense of humor.

Bonnie is the award-wining author of more than a dozen books including Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual, QuickBooks 2009: The Missing Manual, Project 2007: The Missing Manual, the Better Investing Stock Selection Handbook (which won an APEX Award of Distinction), Online Investing Hacks, and On Time! On Track! On Target!. She also writes regularly about financial topics for Better Investing bankrate.com and interest.com. When unshackled from her computer, she hikes in the mountains, cycles, rehabilitates horses, cooks gourmet food, and, most importantly, tries saying no to additional work assignments.


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I have always been a zealous organizer, whether setting up software demos, cooking gourmet meals, or scheduling a vacation to test the waters of spontaneity. Ironically, fate, not planning, turned this obsession into a career as a project manager. I write about project management, small business accounting, personal finance, investing, and technology -- and with the publication of my comedic crime novel, Fresh Squeezed, hit men and stupid criminals. I'm fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. I hate reading dry-as-dust books about anything, especially project management and finance, so I try to spice up my writing with my warped sense of humor.

I've written more than 25 books including QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual (Intuit's Official Guide to QuickBooks), Project 2013: The Missing Manual, Successful Project Management (winner of an International Award from the Society of Technical Communication), Your Project Management Coach, the Better Investing Stock Selection Handbook (Winner of a Distinguished Award from the Society of Technical Communication and a Grand Award from APEX), and Online Investing Hacks. The novel, Fresh Squeezed, is now available in print and ebook.

I have recorded several popular courses for Lynda.com including QuickBooks Essential Training, Project Essential Training, Project Management Fundamentals, and Managing Small Projects, and more.

To learn more about me, go to http://www.bonniebiafore.com.

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As you can appreciate, it can be extremely frustrating.
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Considering what a DRY subject lerning how to manage your finances can be this book is well written and easy to understand.
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It does an excellent job of helping you to learn how to use Quicken effectively.
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133 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Whoo? on January 19, 2008
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If you are looking at this book, you, too, can probably relate to my frustration trying to figure out Quicken 2008 with NO INSTRUCTIONS. I did several internet searches and was beyond frustrated at the little issues I kept running into. I was ready to throw it all out the window and then I did a search on Amazon. That's how I came across this book. After reading the other reviews, I decided to pay the extra money for overnight shipping - not reflective of my need, just my frustration level.

I read the first 150 pages within hours of getting it. The book is straightforward, simple and answers all those quirks you run into trying to get this program to do what the box says it should do. You can look up virtually every scenario and follow step-by-step instructions. After reading the first few chapters, I could easily figure out what I needed to do for my particular setup. Now, I have a fully functional Quicken 2008 setup. It is extremely helpful.

I honestly don't understand why Quicken doesn't do more to give instruction on their software. As you can appreciate, it can be extremely frustrating. However, this book is the answer. If Quicken can do it, it shows you how. If it can't, it at least tells you that upfront so you don't spend the better part of an evening trying to figure it out.

For the level of frustration it reduced within hours of receipt, this book is one of my best Amazon purchases. I am so glad I found it. Kudos to the other reviewers for doing such a good job explaining how great this book is.

As a final note, I was so frustrated with Quicken, I was tempted to buy several books just to figure out why some things weren't working right. Don't do it. This book will cover it. It is over 300 pages, well indexed, with great step-by-step instructions. It literally should be the instruction manual which should, but doesn't, come with the product.
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By O. Gilley on December 30, 2007
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All the books in this series are great and this one is no exception. It does an excellent job of helping you to learn how to use Quicken effectively. It is well organized and the tips and hints are lifesavers. I have been using Quicken for years, but the lack of documentation with the program kept me from using many of Quicken's features. This book unlocked much of potential of Quicken for me.
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Adrien Miller on December 23, 2007
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"Quicken 2008 The Missing Manual" is an interesting, to the point, well organized and an informative book. I feel it is the only book you need to learn, understand, and use Quicken. I got "The Missing Manual a month after I received "The Official Guide" so I did read it (at least I did not waste my money)and I felt it was a frustrating read so "The Missing Manual" was a breath of fresh air. It gave me a much clearer insight into what I wanted to accomplish with Quicken and has taken much of the frustration of trying to improve areas that I thought should be more usable.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on January 25, 2008
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'Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual' is a must buy for all Quicken 2008 users that want to get the most out of their financial software. With over 400 pages of material, this it the EASIEST way to not only start doing the basics with Quicken, but EVERYTHING Quicken has to offer!!!

I've reviewed a dozen+ 'Missing Manual' books and I feel they are some of the best computer books EVER written. Exceptionally designed, laid out, written, they really should have been in the boxes of all the software they were written for. My reviews were all so glowing I finally started to just say BUY THE BOOK and I am not changing my stance here at all. If you use Quicken 2008 or want to become an uber-user, BUY THIS BOOK TO-DAY!!!

***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Bennett on March 3, 2008
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I bought Quicken, and then Quickly learned that I needed some help. After buying Quicken 2008 I jumped in and tried doing things like downloading data from my bank accounts and setting up budgets. I was able to do many of the things to get my family finances running in Quicken, but if I had had this book I could have done it much quicker and without as many mistakes.

Quicken the software did not walk me through a bunch of wizards to help me set everything up. There were some wizards and helpful start up things, but I mostly had to work things out for myself. Finally, in frustration, I picked up "The Missing Manual." Then I went through the book from the beginning and either revised my previous work or deleted it altogether and reworked it using the book's advice. If you plan to buy Quicken 2008 then you should definitely pick up this book or something like it.

Now it could go into things a little more deeply than it does. I still have some questions about how Quicken is working, or why it does what it does. Sometimes I have questions that the book doesn't address. Here's an example: I have a paycheck set up with an after tax deduction that makes a payment for me via direct deposit. Even if I give that direct deposit a category, it doesn't seem to show up in my reports as an expense for that category. Why not? I don't know, and this book doesn't get that deep.

I'll need another book, I think, that does get that deep and explains the relationships among the notations and transactions. I need to know more about "if I add a transaction here then where else will it show up?" I do recommend the book if you are new to quicken, but look for something more advanced for when you get this book done.
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