Reconcile should remember and apply start/end dates automatically (46 Legacy Votes)

Most account statements have the same end day of the month, every month. For example a credit card statement may always be from the 11th (of month A) to the 10th (of month B. A bank statement typically runs from the 1st of the month to the last day of the month.

So why can't the reconcile function remember and apply this? Why do I have to use the calendar, go back a month, select the last day... EVERY time I reconcile?

Please update the reconcile function to a bit smarter with the start/end dates.

Thanks.
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  • edited August 2018
    Interesting, Quicken Essentials had that feature.
  • smayer97smayer97 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2016

    Interesting, Quicken Essentials had that feature.

    So did QMac prior to QM2007, way back in prior to QM2002 but it got lost.

    At first, 2002 lost the autofilling of the end date, but by pressing the CMD-] key combo in the End Date field, it advanced the date to one month from the start date and if pressing + or - in a blank field advanced the date to the start date + one month +/- 1 day at a time (in other words, the starting point in the end field was always assumed to be the start date + one month).

    Then somewhere after that, QM2007 or earlier lost that logic and that no longer works (I jumped from 2002 to 2007, so not sure when it happened).

    I do not know if this makes sense for reconciling to an online balance but it does make a lot of sense for reconciling to a statement.

    Some statements have a fixed date every month, others have a variable date that changes by only a few days at most.

    So bottom line, I see 2 simple approaches (at least for reconciling to a statement):
    1. one is always auto-populated the end date by taking the start date and adding one month. In most cases it will be accurate. For those it is not, it becomes as simple as press + or - in the field to advance the day or two it is off.
    2. do not auto-populate the end date but simply assume the end date is start date + one month and any shortcut key presses for date changes, (CMD-] or CMD-(+/-), etc), adjusts the date from that starting point
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  • smayer97smayer97 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2016

    Interesting, Quicken Essentials had that feature.

    You may also want to add your VOTE for the feature to Track/store Prior Reconciled Statements/periods (and other Reconciliation related features), here: https://getsatisfaction.com/quickencommunity/topics/add-ability-to-track-store-prior-reconciled-stat...

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  • CrashmeisterCrashmeister Member ✭✭
    edited January 2017

    Interesting, Quicken Essentials had that feature.

    Start date should be previous end date + 1 (eg: previous end = 04/11; new start = 04/12).
    End date should be new start date +1 month - 1 day (EG: 04/12 to 05/11)

    For dates where the start date is the 1st, end date should be set to the last day of the same month.

    This is not hard to do. 30 minutes of programming at most for a competent programmer.

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  • smayer97smayer97 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2018
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  • smayer97smayer97 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2018
    You may also want to add your VOTE to other features related to the Reconciliation Process, here: https://getsatisfaction.com/quickencommunity/topics/list-of-requests-for-reconciliation-process

    Click the link above then scroll down the page, as it contains a list of related features.  Click on the link to EACH IDEA separatelyThen you click the VOTE button at the top of EACH page that opens up respectively to increase the count and therefore its visibility to the developers.

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  • 102_dar_70102_dar_70 Member ✭✭
    edited December 2016

    Interesting, Quicken Essentials had that feature.

    I think the current logic "todays date" is the fact there is no history kept, but we are asking for a history of reconciliations so this logic could be enabled. My statement dates vary every month and are not always 30 days apart either so I would still have to adjust dates -/+ which really is not a big deal to me.  But I understand everyone has their own little annoyances. 
  • Brian KittBrian Kitt Member
    edited January 2017
    I find this feature with quicken highly annoying.  I reconcile my accounts every business day.  But for my 'starting' and 'ending' reconcile dates, I match what the bank uses.  This is essential, since quicken filters my reconcile based on these dates, so I must use a month long range, or I can't reconcile.  However, every single day, I must put them back in.  It would be nice for Quicken to remember my last range, I would think EVERYONE would want to keep the range they reconcile with. There is no reasonable reason, that Quicken should NOT remember the reconcile range I use.  The range that Quicken uses is calendar range, however that is highly unlikely to match any real world scenario.  While it's possible a financial institution could be on a calendar range, that would be a coincidence, and NOT the norm.  As such, this is really more of a bug or an annoyance in Quicken, and could not be a feature.
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