Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Quicken Wish: Subaccounts

My last post talked a bit about Quicken 2008 Deluxe and why I think it's the best Quicken yet.

I don't want to give the impression, however, that there's nothing "useful" left for the Intuit folks to implement in Quicken. (We all know how adept they are at implementing features of negligible day-to-day value.) If they asked (and they haven't), I'd suggest that they look into...


Eventually, the complexity of the small-biz side of my financial life prompted me to drop Quicken 2006 Home & Business in favor Quickbooks 2007.

One thing which Quickbooks allows — and Quicken does not — is the creation of subaccounts. For instance, at one point last month, my Quickbooks sidebar displayed this:

Subaccounts in Quickbooks

Notice that my ING "Orange for Business" savings account (account #103 in Quickbooks) is split into two separate subaccounts. One (103b) is for holding my accrued estimated taxes, and the other (103a) is for ... well, for whatever's left over.

This is an awfully nice feature to have, I think. I'd love to see it implemented in Quicken — and in a manner which allows the subaccounts to show up on Quicken's desktop (namely, in the "Accounts" sidebar). But for whatever reason, the kids at Intuit haven't seen fit to grant my wish.

Over the years, I've seen a pretty fair amount of requests for this particular feature. The fact that Intuit programmers still haven't implemented it makes me wonder if there's something about Quicken's software engine that makes it super difficult, if not impossible, to pull off.


— Posted by Michael @ 10:40 AM


I have wanted that function forever. I have even brought it up in surveys regarding their product.

I do want them to also allow me to "condense" my reports so f/s only show 1 ING account if I want.


It seems like you are the Quicken master, so I have a Quicken (2006) question for you: I just started entering information yesterday, and when uploading my CC info, it says my limit is 0 and I can't figure out how to change it. I have looked all over the manual, and I can't find this addressed anywhere. Do you have any tips for me, a novice?

BTW - Yes, I know that 2006 is a little late for me to just put it in now, but I bought it back then and never got the my act together to use it. My needs are very basic, so I can't justify spending money to upgrade.

Thanks in advance!



Check my post on Quicken and Credit Limits for the answer (I hope!) to your question.

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