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Quicken 2013 The Official Guide (Quicken Press) [Kindle Edition]

Bobbi Sandberg
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Only Official Guide to the #1 Personal Finance Software

Filled with insider tips and expert techniques, Quicken 2013: The Official Guide shows you how to manage your finances and assets with confidence. Discover the most efficient and effective methods for tracking your income, expenses, savings, transactions, investments, and so much more.

Fully endorsed by Intuit, makers of Quicken, this official guide saves you time and money by revealing how to maximize all of the software's powerful capabilities—including new features and hidden gems. You’ll get professional advice along with information about online resources to assist you in reducing debt, making sound financial decisions, and planning for a secure future.

  • Customize Quicken for your preferences
  • Track income, expenses, and cash flow
  • Set up Online Account Services
  • Automate transactions and tasks
  • Analyze banking activity with snapshots, reports, and graphs
  • Reconcile checking, savings, and credit card accounts
  • Take advantage of the budgeting and debt reduction tools
  • Track investments and optimize your portfolio
  • Monitor assets and loans
  • Manage household records
  • Save money and plan for retirement
  • Simplify tax preparation and maximize deductions

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Bobbi Sandberg is a consulting accountant and retired CPA who has been a trainer, instructor, and teacher of all things computer in the Pacific Northwest for more than 40 years. Specializing in making 'numbers your friend', Bobbi has helped everyone from high-school students trying to figure out a way to pay for both college AND the prom to senior citizens trying to use 20th century dollars in the 21st century. She teaches at community colleges and senior centers where she is known for the handouts she provides. Some students say she provides a text book in specialized handouts for each class she teaches. Recognized by Intuit as a Certified Professional Advisor, she has been a user, advocate, and trainer of Quicken since its first DOS version in the 1980s.

Product Details

  • File Size: 26264 KB
  • Print Length: 689 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0071804439
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (November 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0JYX40
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thourough Guide To Quicken Features November 17, 2012
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I've been a Quicken user for a long time and one thing I always do is obtain the official guide to see what the new Quicken edition offers and whether it is actually worth upgrading. I've put off updating since prior years didn't seem to offer that many changes (2009 edition). I am upgrading for the new edition thanks to the excellent information in this book. Bobbi Sandberg has taken over from Maria Langer as the author for the last several years. As a computer geek, I have read some of Bobbi's books before. She is a very thorough author who explains things in plain English and offers many tips, tricks and suggestions for how you can adapt the software to your needs. I have often seen many complaints about software from people who don't take the time to learn how to use it. I know people are in a time crunch and a book like this may seem overwhelming. This book is over 600 pages, don't let this put you off or scare you away. It is organized into easy to read sections that start with the basics and gradually move to more advanced topics. You can simply read what interests you and skip what doesn't. There is excellent information for everyone from beginners to advanced users. A lot of problems some may have with the software could be avoided with a quick reference from this book. While Ms. Langer used a bit more formality on the sidebars, Ms. Sandberg uses the excellent "In My Experience" to share her insight (she has used and taught Quicken since the beginning) the tips are worth the time taken to read them. What can you expect to learn? The difference between a Data File and an account (a common mistake for some Quicken users), the difference between an automatic backup and a manual one (besides the obvious, if you have saved attachments in Data file they ARE NOT SAVED in an automatic backup! Read more ›
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit superficial February 13, 2013
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I have used Quicken for years, typically upgrading every two years, not for new features as much as to stay current with support, especially online banking, etc. Frankly, each upgrade offered little extra in the feature department, but with each new version came a bit of a learning curve, looking for 'buttons' that had been moved, etc.
When Q2013 was announced, I was fascinated with the idea that I could use my tablet to access Quicken data, but realistically, this idea was more of a conceptual one than a real need. But after reading initial reviews telling of the problems, I held back a bit. Finally I read of releases and fixes that gave me enough assurance that it would not corrupt my data, that I bought the new version. Even then, I was reluctant to install it, waiting a month or so, and then installing it only after careful backup of my Quicken data. Ironically, I STILL have not attempted to install the software to my tablet...
The new features (tablet access and big changes to budgeting) were a bit intimidating, so I went looking for a book, finally buying this one. Keep in mind that I have owned Quicken, and used it extensively for years, using online updates for bank accounts, credit cards, investment accounts, and the lifetime planner, so although there were some changes, for the most part, I could figure it out with little difficulty.
The book seems to cover Quicken 2013 pretty well, but lacked in depth coverage in the areas of my primary interest (budgeting and tablet access), leaving me to discover the intracacies of the budget module 'on my own', and as earlier mentioned, still have dared not try the tablet access. Maybe some day...
This is probably a decent book for someone relatively new to Quicken, but if you are looking for in depth coverage of things like budgeting, you'll likely be disappointed.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Information Too Scattered February 19, 2013
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I am new to Quicken so felt I needed some guidance to help me get it properly set up. This is a book of over 660 pages, possibly containing everything you might ever want to know about Quicken. The challenge is finding what you want without having to wade through multiple sections, each containing snipets of information on the topic you are researching. So many times a topic would be covered in some detail followed by a comment that it would be covered in more detail in a later chapter. Very frustrating and annoying.
A number of topics were never covered in the detail I needed to make it work for me. It seemed that the author was assuming that the user already had some knowledge of Quicken or was able to bridge a knowledge gap in some other way.
If you are a beginner, I would suggest you look for a more concise and condensed resource.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quicken 2013 February 22, 2013
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I find the book difficult to follow and it seemed fragmented. It was confusing how to make reports and to open a new account. I previously had Quicken 2008 and it was very easy to use. I'll need to find a course on how to use the new version.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me! December 23, 2012
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I had to replace Microsoft Money when I went over to a new computer. Money is no more, but apparently Quicken is the replacement product. I didn't use every single function that Money (or probably Quicken) could do, but I wanted to use Quicken more - if it was convenient to do so. This is an excellent guide and - while much of Quicken is intuitive and you can figure it out as you go - this guide makes life much easier.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work. I should have bough it many years ...
Excellent work. I should have bough it many years ago.
Published 14 days ago by Donald Nathan
2.0 out of 5 stars Qyuicken 2013
Prefer a "Visual guide" & references between accounting terminology vs Quicken/Quick Books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adrienne M Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a book you should
I have used Quicken since it first came out. In the 80s. I used it to do my payrolls and Taxes, before TurboTax I still use them today.
Very easy to understand. Wayne Maitland
Published 4 months ago by Wayne Maitland
2.0 out of 5 stars not enough
I thought the book would help me understand Quicken. It may be helpful, but it doesn't make the program function any better. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Canon Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A required Manual as Quicken changes and expands often
I have been using Quicken for about 20 years and obtain a current manual often. This curent manual is very helpful and a good text book!
Published 5 months ago by CHARLES W ISRAEL
4.0 out of 5 stars This is your best Financial assistance you can have.
This Guide helps you get all the benefits of all the things it will to really help you in so many ways. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly helpful for poor program
I found it mostly useful, but sketchy in places. That was probably because my Quicken Home and Business 2014 has a few differences. A program that I am very dissatisfied with. Read more
Published 6 months ago by LEROY P.
3.0 out of 5 stars Long time user of Quicken
The guide is helpful in finding answers to my many questions in transferring from Quicken '97 (can you believe that) to Quicken '13 by way of Quicken 2004. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wade Crawford
1.0 out of 5 stars useless and expensive
I just wanted to find how to use the budget. This was no help at all. I suspect it just expounded on the information given with the program.
Published 8 months ago by Julia Tuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
So far it has answered my questions and I certainly couldn't get the information from Quicken!!! I had an older version of Quicken and they have made some changes that I was... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Barbara B. Clark
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