How do I rename the account file?


T

Teflon

Some time ago, the name of the 'My Account' files got a date
associated with them, as in - 'My Account_20060610'. Now, when
Quicken backups up the My Account files, I get that date, plus the
current date is associated with the account file, as in - My
Account_20060610_20091005.

I would like to rename the file to just 'My Account', dropping the
'20060610'.

How would I do that?

I would also like to eliminate some of the old 'previously accessed'
files that are listed in the 'File' drop-down menu. Where are the
'File' items listed? How do I remove them?

Thanks.
 
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M

MikeB

Some time ago, the name of the 'My Account' files got a date
associated with them, as in - 'My Account_20060610'.  Now, when
Quicken backups up the My Account files, I get that date, plus the
current date is associated with the account file, as in - My
Account_20060610_20091005.

I would like to rename the file to just 'My Account', dropping the
'20060610'.

How would I do that?

I would also like to eliminate some of the old 'previously accessed'
files that are listed in the 'File' drop-down menu.  Where are the
'File' items listed?  How do I remove them?

Thanks.
Something went awry and you are accessing a backup copy.

Simply locate the file, copy it to the correct location (and possibly
replace the old, by now obsolete file in that location) and then
rename it.

Open it by double-clicking on it and you should be good to go.
 
H

Han

Something went awry and you are accessing a backup copy.

Simply locate the file, copy it to the correct location (and possibly
replace the old, by now obsolete file in that location) and then
rename it.

Open it by double-clicking on it and you should be good to go.
Careful now, you need to rename/move ALL files associated with that
particular qdf file!!!!

The easiest way is to a File|File operations|copy or rename file
operation. Either copy or rename will do. Of course the copy will let
you put the file SET in a different location.

As far as all those files in the dropdown menu is concerned, I believe
that would involve editing (one of) the ini file(s). Easy enough, but
may also lead to mistakes.

Better for all these thing to make a shortcut on your desktop to the qdf
file of your file set. Use the shortcut to launch the program. MUCH
EASIER. You can have multiple shortcuts to different file sets (home,
business, church, boy scouts, genealogy society, etc, etc).
 
M

MikeB

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Careful now, you need to rename/move ALL files associated with that
particular qdf file!!!!

The easiest way is to a File|File operations|copy or rename file
operation.  Either copy or rename will do.  Of course the copy will let
you put the file SET in a different location.

As far as all those files in the dropdown menu is concerned, I believe
that would involve editing (one of) the ini file(s).  Easy enough, but
may also lead to mistakes.

Better for all these thing to make a shortcut on your desktop to the qdf
file of your file set.  Use the shortcut to launch the program.  MUCH
EASIER.  You can have multiple shortcuts to different file sets (home,
business, church, boy scouts, genealogy society, etc, etc).
My bad. Thanks Han, of course you are correct.
 
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R

R. C. White

Hi, Teflon.
I would like to rename the file to just 'My Account', dropping the
'20060610'.
Use Quicken's File | File Operations menu. Choose Rename to change the name
of ALL the files (.qdf, .qel, .qtx, etc. depending on how YOU use Quicken)
at once to the new name. Or choose Copy to copy them ALL to a new name,
perhaps in a different location. (If you exit Quicken and use a different
tool, such as Windows' Copy or Rename, be sure to include ALL the related
files in the set.)

Once the name has been changed, using either method, browse to the
newly-named .qdf file and double-click it. This should start Quicken with
your new file loaded as the current working file. Use Quicken Backup to
save this new file to a location of your choice. Subsequent Quicken backups
will go to the same location - until you change it.

Quicken offers to add a date to the filename when backing up a file. See
the checkbox below the destination folder box on the Quicken Backup screen.
Some users like this option, but I think it invites confusion unless we are
very diligent about cleaning up outdated backups.

You apparently used this at least once back in 2006 and the date got
appended to the backup of your then-current working filename. If that file
with the 2006 date is current now, then you must have been using it since
2006! (Be sure that it really is current and is not missing transactions
between 2006 and now.) And yesterday, when you backed up that file again,
that "add the date" box apparently was checked again, resulting in your
double-dated backup file.
I would also like to eliminate some of the old 'previously accessed'
files that are listed in the 'File' drop-down menu. Where are the
'File' items listed? How do I remove them?
These names are a "most recently used" (MRU) listing. As you use other
files, these will eventually scroll off the list - but it may take a very
long time if you use just one or a few files over and over. The list is
kept in a Quicken file, but the name and location of the file has changed
with versions of Quicken and Windows - and you didn't tell us what you are
using. In my Win7/Q2009, I find it at:
C:\Users\RC\AppData\Roaming\Intuit\Quicken\Config\QUSER.INI

Your pathname will be different, of course, especially if you are using
WinXP, but this might help you find it. I have 4 possible entries under
[RecentFiles] but only one has an entry since I've used only one since my
most-recent installation of Quicken.

Let us know how this works out for you, Teflon.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(Retired. No longer licensed to practice public accounting.)
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Using Quicken Deluxe 2009 and Windows Live Mail in Win7 x64)
 

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