How do I change the way transactions are categorized? (Quicken for Windows)

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If you want to change categories assigned to specific transactions, recategorize them.

If you start off using two similar categories and then later decide that you need only one of them, you can merge the categories so that you don't lose any information that you've already entered. Note that you can merge only categories that have transactions associated with them. (Just delete unused categories that you don't think you'll need in the future.)

If you want to know how much you're spending on a certain category, choose Tools menu > Category List, right-click the category you're interested in, and choose Category report.

You can't undo the results of recategorizing or merging categories, so you may want to back up your data file before you begin. If the results are not what you expect, restore the backup copy and try the procedure again.

To change the category of several transactions (Recategorize)

  1. Choose Tools menu > Recategorize.
  2. Use the Find drop-down list to refine your search. (Optional)

Why would I do this? 
If you want to selectively recategorize, you can use the drop-down list to search only memorized payees, for example, or only scheduled bills and deposits.

  1. In the with category dropdown list, select the category you want to change.
  2. Click Find.
  3. Select the transactions you want to recategorize, or click Mark All to select all transactions.
  4. In the Recategorize as field, select the category you want to assign the transactions to.
  5. Click Recategorize All or Replace Selected to recategorize the transactions.


  • To find uncategorized transactions, enter a space in the with category field (step 3, above).
  • To find exact matches of the category name (excluding all close matches), select Exact match.
  • To recategorize lines within split transactions, you must first select the Show matches within splits check box, and then select the matching split lines.

To merge categories

  1. Choose Tools menu > Category List.
  2. Right-click the category or subcategory you want to merge.
  3. Choose Merge with another category.
  4. In the Merge transactions into list, select a new category into which you want to merge the old category's transactions.
  5. Select the Delete unused selected categories check box to remove the old category after the merge. (Optional)
  6. Click OK to confirm the merge.


  • You can merge only categories that are in use—that is, categories that have transactions associated with them.
  • The option to merge will not appear if that category is not associated with any transactions. 
  • Instead of deleting an unused category, you can hide it.
  • Use CTRL+click or SHIFT+click to select multiple categories to merge.

To look at all transactions that use a category

  1. Choose Tools menu > Category List.
  2. Right-click the category or subcategory you're interested in.
  3. Choose Category report to display a summary of transactions to which this category is assigned.
  4. At the bottom of the minireport, click Full Report if you need additional detail.
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