Is there a way to unreconcile a reconciled quicken 2004 account?

I live in the UK and Quicken 2004 is the latest version available here. I've just realized an account I thought I'd reconciled has major mistakes in it! (Don't ask me how this happened!) Is there any way I can unreconcile this bank account so that I can do it right?

Many thanks,


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  • Greg_the_Geek
    Greg_the_Geek SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    I would suggest restoring a backup from before the major mistakes in reconciling occurred.
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  • joefr1
    joefr1 Member ✭✭
    This seemed promising Greg but the mistakes seem to start at the beginning of this financial year, at least two months before the last back up.
  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't know if that also works in old Q 2004, but in my new Q 2019 you can select all transactions in an account register (like you would select files in Windows File Explorer: Click the first transaction, scroll to the last transaction, SHIFT-click it). Once all transactions (except do not select the Opening Balance transaction) have been highlighted, right-click one of them. The popup window should allow you to select something like Reconcile status, then select "cleared" or "not reconciled".

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  • joefr1
    joefr1 Member ✭✭
    Sadly, in the 2004 edition you can't select all the files. Re backups, I do have automatic backups but it only saves 5 of them, which is why they don't go back to the start of the financial year.
  • joefr1
    joefr1 Member ✭✭
    This sounds like it will work. Many thanks.
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