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Incremental search needs to be delayed until 2 or more letters are typed (5 Legacy Votes)

JimJim Member
Whenever I want to search for a keyword using the ALL TRANSACTIONS or other large registers that I have (with several decades or transactions) Quicken stalls once I type the first letter because it is trying to do an incremental search and it doesn't respond to or display the other letters that follow until it has finished filtering the transactions based on that one letter. I find that I can solve this problem by opening up a text document, typing the keyword, copying it, and then pasting the keyword into QMac 2017's search field rather than typing it.

To fix this problem, Quicken should delay it's incremental search scheme until several letters are entered or it should asynchronously abort and refine whatever filtering it was doing when the next letter is typed in the search field. In short, the incremental search scheme is not correctly implemented in QMac 2017. I have Version 4.5.8.
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  • RickORickO SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2017
    I agree. To save  tiny bit of time, instead of opening a text editor, why not just type the search term into a transaction memo, then Command-X cut it and paste into the search field.

    Also, if you click the magnifying glass and limit the search to one column, it speeds things up considerably.
    Quicken Mac Subscription; Quicken Mac user since the early 90s
  • smayer97smayer97 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2018
    And an alternative fix for Quicken is to present only the first 5 or so results until the user finishes. This is how Google does it. FAR more efficient.
  • Michael ChenMichael Chen Member
    edited August 2017
    Thanks to these workarounds. It's been annoying to me for quite awhile. I have 20 years of Q data.
  • JimJim Member
    edited August 2017
    Wow, 20 years! Mine only goes back to '91

    I started with Quicken for Mac in '93, but hand entered all of my investment data back to '91. I would have ported all transactions back to 1984 from Dollars and Sense if I could have, but that app changed hands from Monogram to Novata and it got buggier. Not sure what version I had in '93 but in '95 I upgraded to QM 5 and from then until QM 2007 I would have argued that Quicken [for Mac] was the BEST personal computer application software ever-- incredibly robust (rebuilding balances correctly whenever an issue arose), a help desk staff that included Mac specific experts, and a responsive development team that fixed bugs first and added highly desirable features second.
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  • smayer97smayer97 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    NO...this STILL needs to be addressed. This is not just a nice to have but a need to have, and it really impeded practical usage.

    And I proposed a very simple solution conceptually that should solve this. Please preserve this idea.
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