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Quicken 2003 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-1666-5
384 pages
October 2002
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You don’t have to be a technogeek or financial wizard to manage your financial affairs on a PC. You have other things to do, places to go, and people to meet. And that’s where Quicken 2003 For Dummies comes in. This financial reference guide can help you manage your finances – personal or business – like a pro.

Quicken 2003 For Dummies is for people who want to pay bills, track investments, and calculate interest with the click of a mouse. And if you’re pulling out your hair out because you’re using Quicken in a business, postpone the hair-pulling – this guide helps with payroll, taxes, receivables and payables, and more.

This handy guide is also for anyone who wants to

  • Upgrade from an older version of Quicken
  • Manage home mortgages
  • Invest online
  • Set up an online brokerage account
  • Produce an accurate balance sheet
  • Track customer invoices and payments

It's certainly arguable that money makes the world go around, but being fiscally organized surely makes your own life easier. Find out how to buy and sell mutual fund shares online; reconcile a credit card balance; and estimate income taxes. Quicken 2003 For Dummies also covers the following topics and more:

  • Scheduling automatic loan payments
  • Tracking bank accounts
  • Paying bills online
  • Transferring money between bank accounts
  • Creating and printing reports and charts
  • Setting up or changing passwords
  • Using the Refinance, Retirement, and College calculators
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Troubleshooting tips

From the absolute basics of Quicken to home finances to serious business applications, Quicken 2003 For Dummies is the guide to have in hand when you want to take control of your finances.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Setting Up Shop.

Chapter 2: Introduction to the Big Picture.

Chapter 3: Maximum Fun, Maximum Profits.


Chapter 4: Check book on a Computer.

Chapter 5: Printing 101.

Chapter 6: Online and In Charge.

Chapter 7: Reports, Charts, and Other Cool Tools.

Chapter 8: A Matter of Balance

Chapter 9: Housekeeping for Quicken.

Chapter 10: Compound Interest Magic and Other Mysteries.


Chapter 11: Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and Petty Cash.

Chapter 12: Other People's Money.

Chapter 13: Mutual Funds.

Chapter 14: Stocks and Bonds PART IV: SERIOUS BUSINESS.

Chapter 15: Payroll.

Chapter 16: Receivables and Payables.


Chapter 17: (Slightly More Than) Ten Questions.

Chapter 18: (Almost) Ten Tips on How Not to Become a Millionaire.

Chapter 19: Ten Troubleshooting Tips.


Appendix A: Quick-and-Dirty Windows.

Appendix B: Glossary of Business, Financial, and Computer Terms.

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Author Information

Stephen L. Nelson, MBA, CPA, is the bestselling author of more than 100 books on computer and business topics, including all the previous For Dummies books on Quicken.
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The Wiley Advantage

The Dummies Way :
Explanations in plain English
"Get in, get out" information
Icons and other navigational aids
Tear-out cheat sheet
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun

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Related Websites / Extra

Stephen L. Nelson's website:

Seattle CPA and long-term Dummies author Stephen L. Nelson has written more than 150 books including the Dummies best-sellers Quicken For Dummies and QuickBooks For Dummies. Nelson also publishes the www.llcsexplained.com and www.scorporationsexplained.com websites.

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Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

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11 Missing Debit Card information for Chpt 11
Initial printings of the book omitted the information about Debit Cards in Chapter 11 titled "Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and Petty Cash.". Later reprints fixed this omission. For those with the original text, you can download the missing Debit Card information in the file below:
Quicken 2003 FD Ch 11 debit cards.doc

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