Series: Quicken : the Official Guide
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 5 edition (February 25, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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I just received it and instantly saw that it applies to Windows only, not MacOS. I am returning it, and too bad did not make this more clear. Also, shame on Intuit for not supporting their Mac users- if they no longer want to write their own reference manuals, they should at least encourage outside writers to do it for all their products. All I wanted was to find out about changes in budgeting with the newer Quicken for the Mac (I'm still using Quicken 2007), and I was willing to buy the book just to find out!
I purchased this book, and I am a Mac user. There is no place on the book or in the description of the book that says it is written for Windows users. I am upgrading from a much older Quicken and only use it for banking so I went immediately to the Chapter on banking. I kept reading and studying my Quicken on my computer trying to figure out what it was talking about. After two days and underlining a couple lines in the book, I realized it was not written for Mac. I am older and not as computer minded as most, but I thought this was really misleading, and I have lost my money. B.J.
This book is almost worthless. It does goes into grueling step by step detail on actions that are obvious, but does nothing to explain more complicated problems that you may have. It gives no explanation as to the general approach that is assumed by Quicken. For example, you import your credit card transactions and categorize them in order to give you a view of your spending. However, when you pay off the credit card bill, the payment comes from your checking account and then, when the matching credit card transaction is posted, it reflects it as "income" or a "transfer'. You have to figure out that Quicken handles the transactions in this manner. And then there is no explanation on how to change this if you do not like this treatment. And a terrible index. Do not waste your money.
I bought it thinking it would help figure out how to use Quicken 2016 for the Mac, but Quicken tells me that there are a lot of differences between the two programs.
There are two "Quicken 2016" programs, one for Windows computers and one for Macintosh computers. This "Official Guide" is only for the Windows version. The instructions are frequently useless for those who are using the Macintosh version of "Quicken 2016." The author should specify that her book is only for the Windows version of "Quicken 2016," to save Macintosh users from wasting their money.
I am disgusted by the Quicken public relations. You publish a new version of Quiocken (2016) at a price that certainly should include instructions as to how to use it but also sell a useless copy claled Quickbook which has no value in Quicken 20016. At the least that should be accompanied by a disclaimer. Furthermore how you can exclude Mac users from consideration is mind boggling.Sending back the Quickbook is a nightmare requiring several vague steps and then changing the place of the locker from the one I designated.(several miles farther away). Thus far I've made 2 fruitless trips to the "locker" designated.Begrudgingly I have ordered this book and if it is as frustrating as my experience so far I'll make every effort to boycott Quicken from my life.
I recently upgraded from Quicken 2007 for Mac to Quicken 2016 for Mac. I'm disappointed in both the software and the documentation. The software provides basic help functions, but people who are already familiar with Quicken will learn almost nothing they don't already know. My main gripe is with memorized reports. With Quicken 2007, a memorized report stayed unchanged even if you temporarily modified some subcategories (now called tags) or other criteria, as long as you didn't tell it to save the revised version. But that's not the case with Quicken 2016. Any change modifies the report, even when you DON'T check the box that says "Save as memorized report". This review is focused on the book, however. The description says "Covers mobile use on both Apple and Android platforms," which led me to believe that it would cover the Mac version. I was disappointed to find that it didn't, and that many of the menus and functions are very different from the Windows version. There's really only one advantage to the 2016 version for Mac: many financial websites no longer support transaction downloads for Quicken 2007. I was hoping the book would provide further information about configuring downloads, but mostly I've had to figure out what to do by trial and error. I will probably return this book rather than add it to my stack of useless manuals. If you are a Windows user and new to Quicken, you will probably find this book more helpful.
It is a thorough introduction to Quicken and a very useful reference book. I found that having a physical book, rather than an electronic version, has made a very big difference in how fast I can find information and have it in front of me as I work on a file.
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