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Quicken 2013 The Official Guide (Quicken Press) 1st Edition

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Quicken Press
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071804439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071804431
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Admiralu VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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I bought this Guide as the CD came without any but bare-bones operation instructions. As a long-time user of several issues of this fine progam, I thought I could get along without a more in-depth instructions book. I was wrong. There were a number of changes to my most recent version, that I was lost. Between the Table of Contents and the Index, it gave me all I needed to quickly come to speed in its revised procedures. Big and exhaustive, it really covers the subject.
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I have been a Quicken user for many years, but I decided to read this book to identify features that I was not using. Partly, I was hoping to simplify things to make it easier for my wife to use the program. I found the book very readable w/ excellent illustrations. Obviously, some was basic for a regular user but there were many features that I had missed. The weakest parts, to me, was the Tax and Budgeting. Overall, it is very well done.
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