How do I enter a spending transaction?

Most of the time you'll update your spending accounts by downloading transactions and balances directly from your bank. Sometimes you'll need to enter transactions manually into your account register.

  1. Open the account  you want to use.
  2. In the account register, find the new transaction line. Or you can go there directly by typing CTRL+N.
  3. Change the date if necessary.
  4. If this is a check, enter the check number in the Num field.
  5. In the Payee field, indicate who receives this payment or gives you this deposit.
  6. In the Payment field or Deposit field, enter an amount.
  7. Assign a category to the transaction.
  8. In the Tag field, tag the transaction. (Optional)
  9. In the Memo field, enter a note. (Optional)
  10. Click the Exp field to identify this transaction as a reimbursable expense. (Optional)
  11. Click Save.


  • Tell me more about what I see in the register
    • Reconciled and cleared transactions are dimmed.
    • Future transactions are displayed below a blue line (if the register is sorted by date).
    • The transaction that you're currently working with has a pale blue background.
    • As you work in a Quicken register, a number of different icons can appear in the Status column. See Status column icons to learn what they mean.
  • Tell me more about entering dates
    • You don't have to type the slashes or the year, because Quicken has already entered the current year.
    • To enter a date quickly, click the pop-up calendar at the right of the Date field, and then click a date.
  • Can I customize the Num field?
    Quicken's Num field displays several predefined transaction types; you can add customized types as well.
    • To add an item, click New, enter the name, click OK, and then click Done.
    • To delete an item, select the item, click Delete, and then click Done.
  • Tell me how to use the pop-up calculator to enter an amount
    Click the calculator icon in any field in which you enter an amount; Quicken displays a pop-up calculator. Use the calculator buttons (or use the number keys in the top row of your keyboard) to calculate amounts, and then click Enter to place the amount in the field.
  • Can I transfer money between Quicken accounts?
    Yes you can. When you transfer money between accounts, one account balance increases and the other account balance decreases—but your net worth remains the same. Quicken records a transfer in your "transfer from" account register and creates a parallel transaction in the "transfer to" account. For more information, see Transfer money between accounts.
  • Are there any columns I can't edit?
    • Leave the Clr field blank. (This refers to whether the transaction has cleared during reconciliation.)
    • You can't edit the Amount or Balance columns. Quicken calculates them automatically.
  • Can I print my register?
    You can print transactions from any of Quicken's registers for a specified range of dates. You can also choose whether to print details for split transactions. Transactions will print in the order in which you see them in the register. You can display them in a different sort order before printing.
  • How are the inflow and outflow columns labeled in different types of registers?
    Type of Account Inflow Column Outflow Column
    Checking account Deposit Payment
    Credit card accounts Payment (paying off your balance decreases the amount you owe) Charge (charging items to your credit card increases the amount you owe)
    Loan and liability accounts Decrease (diminishes the liability) Increase (increases the amount you owe)
    Asset accounts Increase (add to the asset value) Decrease (diminishes the asset
  • Can I copy transactions into other applications, such as Microsoft Word or Excel?
    Yes. You can copy transactions from your spending account registers by holding down the Shift key, selecting a range of transactions to copy, and then choosing Edit menu > Transaction > Copy Transaction(s). Then you can switch to the other application and choose Edit menu > Paste.

    Note: Quicken split transaction information is not copied.

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