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Home Accountz for Dummies

Format:  Paperback,

294 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Dec 2012

ISBN-13: 9781119968924

ISBN-10: 1119968925

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Take control of your home accounting

Accounting from home can be a difficult task--but not an impossible one with the right tools. "Home Accountz For Dummies" shows you exactly how to use the UK's number one home finance software to look after household expenditures and effectively budget for a positive future. Author Quentin Pain shows you the ins and outs of managing your money with Home Accountz and this easy-to-understand book provides you with the tools you need to predict future financial capabilities.Explains installation, setup, creating accounts, and connecting to banksTeaches you how to effectively understand accounts, import data from other software, and set up budgetsExplores importing data from software such as Microsoft Money, Quicken, or spreadsheetsCovers dealing with transactions in foreign currenciesAddresses setting up automatic transactionsShows how to watch where your money goes with customizable reports

"Home Accountz For Dummies" is a fun, easy to use guide that takes the chore out of home accounting and puts you in control of your money.

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Dec 2012
ISBN-13: 9781119968924
ISBN-10: 1119968925
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 294
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.23
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 1
Foolish Assumptionsp. 2
What You Need Not Readp. 2
How This Book Is Organizedp. 3
The Big Picturep. 3
Setting Up Your Accountsp. 3
Exploring Transactionsp. 3
Managing Your Moneyp. 3
The Part of Tensp. 3
Icons Used in This Bookp. 4
Where to Go From Herep. 4
The Big Picturep. 5
Accounting for Your Financesp. 7
Why Account for Your Money?p. 7
Managing Your Accountsp. 9
Understanding the Principles of Home Accountingp. 10
Finding Accounting Help Onlinep. 10
Accountz.com Limitedp. 11
Accounting for Everyonep. 11
Home Accountz User Forumsp. 11
YouTubep. 12
Getting Started with Home Accountzp. 13
Understanding the System Requirements for Home Accountzp. 13
Discovering your Mac's specificationsp. 14
Digging into your PC's specificationsp. 14
Installing Home Accountzp. 16
Installing on a Macp. 16
Installing on a Windows PCp. 17
Using the Installation Wizardp. 18
Running Home Accountz for the First Timep. 20
Using the Home Accountz Setup Wizardp. 21
Activating your copy of Home Accountzp. 24
Simplifying Your Accounts with the eaZy Buttonp. 27
Looking into the Transactions Panelp. 27
Entering single transactionsp. 28
Recurring transactionsp. 32
Dealing with the Bank/Credit Card Panelp. 36
Entering transactionsp. 38
Adding recurring transactionsp. 41
Adding accountsp. 42
Working with accountsp. 44
Using the Set Up/Report Panelp. 44
New Filep. 45
Continuation Filep. 46
Add an Income Sourcep. 46
Add an Expenditure Sourcep. 47
Add a Payeep. 47
Delete a Payeep. 48
Backing Up and Filingp. 49
Storing Your Data in Home Accountzp. 49
Creating Backupsp. 53
Setting up the automatic backupp. 53
Performing a manual backupp. 54
Working with Multiple Accountsp. 56
Creating multiple Home Accountz filesp. 56
Switching between accounts filesp. 58
Restoring Filesp. 59
Using Tools to Keep Track of Your Financesp. 61
Writing in the Desk Diaryp. 61
The Diary Entries tabp. 62
The Update Diary tabp. 62
The Future Entries tabp. 67
The ToDo List tabp. 67
Using Home Accountz's Calculatorp. 69
Adding, editing, and deleting calculationsp. 69
Calculating directly in tablesp. 71
Configuring Home Accountzp. 73
Navigating the Home Accountz Configuration Panelp. 73
Payeesp. 74
Documentsp. 74
Data Validationp. 75
Status Informationp. 75
Accounts, Balances & Budgetingp. 75
Formatsp. 76
Tablesp. 76
Desk Diaryp. 76
Application Componentsp. 77
Adjusting Document Display Settingsp. 77
Document History Sizep. 77
Document Date Formatp. 78
Specifying How to Validate Your Datap. 78
Personalizing Your Status Informationp. 80
Status Levelsp. 80
Toolbar Notificationsp. 81
Formatting Dates and Numbersp. 81
Formatting dates and timesp. 81
Specifying how numbers appearp. 83
Setting Your Tablesp. 84
Working with table keyboard shortcutsp. 85
Customizing table colorsp. 85
Configuring the Desk Diaryp. 88
Changing Application Componentsp. 89
Components in Toolbarp. 89
Components Key Shortcuts Definitionsp. 89
Main Toolbarp. 90
Setting Up Your Accountsp. 91
Coming to Grips with Home Accountzp. 93
Understanding Transactionsp. 94
Recording Your Transactionsp. 95
Keeping track of purchasesp. 96
Keeping track of incomep. 96
Tallying Up Account Balancesp. 98
Dealing with Income and Expensesp. 99
Keeping Your Eye on the Balance Sheetp. 100
Changing Your Accounts Structurep. 103
Moving Accountsp. 103
Moving accounts from one group to anotherp. 104
Knowing the restrictions of moving accounts between groupsp. 105
Reordering accounts within a groupp. 107
Hiding (Deleting) Accountsp. 108
Recovering a Deleted Accountp. 109
Closing Accountsp. 109
Importing from Other Programsp. 113
Working with Home Accountz's Import Wizardsp. 113
Importing Bank, Credit Card, and Foreign Currency Statementsp. 115
Importing a Custom Transaction Data Filep. 116
Importing Existing Datap. 118
Using the Mapping Tools and Tablep. 121
Mapping toolsp. 121
Mapping tablep. 122
Exploring Transactionsp. 123
Recording Transactions with Templatesp. 125
Creating Transaction Templates for Buyingp. 126
Creating a templatep. 126
Testing a templatep. 128
Editing Templatesp. 129
Deleting Templatesp. 130
Undeleting Templatesp. 131
Displaying deleted templatesp. 131
Undeleting templatesp. 132
Hiding deleted templatesp. 132
Reusing Templatesp. 133
Going International with Foreign Currenciesp. 135
Setting Up a Foreign-Currency Accountp. 135
Creating a foreign-currency accountp. 136
Setting up a foreign-currency viewp. 137
Entering Foreign-Currency Transactionsp. 140
Transferring between Foreign-Currency Accountsp. 140
Working with Your Datap. 143
Looking at Your Datap. 144
Organizing your datap. 144
Creating accounts groupsp. 145
Viewing Your Transactionsp. 145
Using the View Editorp. 147
Customizing viewsp. 149
Using the Chart tabp. 152
Evaluating Your Current Financesp. 152
Viewing account balancesp. 152
Using the Overview tabp. 153
Seeing Where You're Headedp. 154
Working with Automated Transactionsp. 155
Navigating the Automated Transactions Windowp. 155
Visible columnsp. 157
Hidden columnsp. 158
Setting Up Automated Transactionsp. 159
Editing Automated Transactionsp. 161
Deleting Automated Transactionsp. 162
Undeleting Automated Transactionsp. 163
Holiday Rules Configurationp. 164
Managing Your Moneyp. 167
Using Views and Tablesp. 169
Figuring Out the Table Basicsp. 169
Selecting a viewp. 169
Creating a viewp. 170
Working with transactionsp. 174
Visualizing Your Information with Graphs and Chartsp. 177
Switching to Charts Viewp. 177
Working with Chartsp. 179
Selecting a chart typep. 181
Adding data to your chartp. 181
Combining matching valuesp. 182
Plotting the horizontal axis to scalep. 183
Customizing your chartp. 183
Saving a chartp. 184
Exporting and Printing Reports and Chartsp. 187
Exporting Your Datap. 187
Accessing Your Reportsp. 189
Bank Reportp. 190
Credit Card Reportp. 190
Income Reportp. 190
Expenses Reportp. 191
Look Ahead Bank and Credit Card Reportp. 192
Look Ahead Income and Expenses Reportp. 192
Net Worth Chartp. 192
Running a Reportp. 192
Creating Report Designs with the Documents Componentp. 195
Using the Templates Builder Wizardp. 195
Editing Individual Templatesp. 197
Canvasing Your Templatep. 199
Editing Elements with the Left Toolbarp. 200
Textp. 200
Linep. 201
Square and Ellipsep. 201
Imagep. 201
Looking at the Properties Panelp. 202
Page Elementsp. 202
Positionp. 203
Tablep. 203
Imagep. 204
Column Visibilityp. 205
Textp. 205
Linep. 205
Fillp. 206
Formatsp. 206
Looking Up to the Top Toolbarp. 206
Digging Down to the Bottom Toolbarp. 207
Using Your New Templatesp. 207
Previewing a documentp. 207
Switching templatesp. 208
Editing templatesp. 208
Resetting templatesp. 209
Keeping Track of Your Financesp. 211
Comparing Actual Balances to Budgetsp. 211
Using the Overview tabp. 212
Comparing budgets with actual balancesp. 213
Forecastingp. 214
Applying forecasting to an accountp. 214
Setting the forecast time periodp. 215
The Part of Tensp. 219
Ten Most Confusing Home Accounting Termsp. 221
Accountsp. 221
Transactionp. 222
Assetsp. 222
Liabilityp. 223
Equityp. 223
Revenuep. 224
Expensep. 224
Depreciation and Appreciationp. 224
Interestp. 225
Debit and Creditp. 226
Ten Solutions to Home Accountz Problemsp. 227
How Do I Use a USB Backup of My Home Accountz Data?p. 227
How Do I Restore the Home Accountz Work File from the BAK Folder?p. 229
How Do I Open Work Files?p. 230
How Do I View All Account Transactions?p. 231
How Do I View Individual Account Transactions?p. 231
How Do I Create a Budget in Home Accountz?p. 232
How Do I View Account Balances in Home Accountz?p. 233
How Do I Move Home Accountz from One Computer to Another?p. 233
How Do I Back Up My License?p. 234
How Do I Archive Data?p. 235
Ten (or So) Ways to Use Rapid Data Entry Effectivelyp. 237
Entering Datesp. 237
Working with Calculationsp. 238
Selecting Items in Lookup Listsp. 239
Using Templatesp. 240
Sorting Tablesp. 240
Hiding or Showing Columns in Tablesp. 241
Swapping Columns in Tablesp. 241
Adjusting Column Width in Tablesp. 242
Altering Your Table Viewsp. 242
Ten Tips for Setting Up Your Budgets and Sticking to Themp. 243
Get Your Finances Organizedp. 243
Save for a Rainy Dayp. 244
Plan for the Big Billsp. 244
Create a Budgetp. 245
Shop Aroundp. 245
Join the supermarket warsp. 245
Reduce interest paymentsp. 246
Talk to the Retentions departmentp. 246
Cut Backp. 247
Sell Things You Don't Needp. 248
Reward Yourselfp. 248
Be Realisticp. 249
Keep Your Budget Up to Datep. 249
Appendix: Glossary of Accounting Termsp. 251
Indexp. 273

Book description

Take control of your home accounting!

Accounting from home can be a difficult task--but not an impossible one with the right tools. Home Accountz For Dummies shows you exactly how to use the UK's number one home finance software to look after household expenditures and effectively budget for a positive future. Author Quentin Pain shows you the ins and outs of managing your money with Home Accountz and this easy-to-understand book provides you with the tools you need to predict future financial capabilities.

  • Explains installation, setup, creating accounts, and connecting to banks
  • Teaches you how to effectively understand accounts, import data from other software, and set up budgets
  • Explores importing data from software such as Microsoft Money, Quicken, or spreadsheets
  • Covers dealing with transactions in foreign currencies
  • Addresses setting up automatic transactions
  • Shows how to watch where your money goes with customizable reports

Home Accountz For Dummies is a fun, easy to use guide that takes the chore out of home accounting and puts you in control of your money.

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