If you're talking about Quicken for Windows ... unless and until Quicken Inc. changes their design in a future version, "Everything else" is here to stay.
The pseudo category "Everything else" is needed by the Budget process logic to show transactions that were categorized to a main category which has subcategories.Take, for example
Auto - main category-- Auto:Car wash - sub category-- Auto:Fuel - sub category-- etc.
If you recorded a transaction to "Auto", its amount will show up in the budget views under "Auto:Everything else"
You aren't supposed to categorize anything directly to "Auto", but if you do, that's where it'll end up in the budget views (only!)
Think about the process of adding up transactions in subcategories to subtotals in the main category.Auto - $200-- Auto:Car wash - $20-- Auto:Fuel - $180
Looks good, doesn't it?
Take this example:
Auto - $300-- Auto:Car wash - $20-- Auto:Fuel - $180
WTF? Can't Quicken handle simple math? Where's the extra money coming from?That's the complaints that start rolling in when the extra $100 categorized to "Auto" aren't made visible. And that's where "Everything else" started coming in.
Auto - $300-- Auto:Everything else - $100-- Auto:Car wash - $20-- Auto:Fuel - $180
Of course, it would be nice if one could make "Everything else" to optionally show in budget views ONLY IF there's a transaction that needs showing. That would reduce clutter in the views, no?
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