Enhancement: Add "Last Used" date in the Payees & Rules list (Q Mac)

It would be very helpful to display a column for the "Last Used" date in the Payees & Rules list.
I've been using Quicken for 25 years and the Payees list has thousands of records that degrades the performance in entering a new record. Being able to sort by the Last Used date would probably show that 80-90% of these records haven't been used for a decade or more and can be deleted.
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  • Quicken Anja
    Quicken Anja Moderator mod
    edited April 2021
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  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    This would be a useful addition. I don't think there's much to add to the original request, but this idea should not be discarded! As someone with more than 4,600 Payees in my decades-old database, I would undertake some cleanup of Payees if I could sort my Payees by date last used. Since it is already displaying how many times a Payee has been used, it should be easy to pull the date last used while querying the database to build this screen.
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Quicken Sarah
    Quicken Sarah Alumni ✭✭✭✭
    Hello @jacobs

    We have submitted this idea to the team for further review, however, I have a quick question on this request.

    What exactly would be the “Last Used” date?

    If, for example, today (5/6) I entered a transaction dated 4/1 and chose a payee, what would be the payee’s “Last Used” date? 

    What if I then changed the transaction’s date to 3/1? Would that affect the payee’s “Last Used” date?

    Or, would it be better to pursue this idea as a 'current month', 'last month', 'this year', 'last year', etc. type of sorting?

    Please let me know what you think, thanks!


  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    I think to keep it simple, "date last used" would be the date of the transaction. This would be a simple query in the database, and easy for users to understand.

    If you used something like the date a user last modified a transaction for this Payee, it would be using dates not visible to the user, which would be confusing. Or it could be like reports, which have last Edited date and a last Opened date -- but I think that over-complicates things. I think it's easy for users to understand; perhaps changing the terminology to "Latest Transaction" or "Most Recent" or simply "Latest" would remove ambiguity? Here's a case where keeping it simple will fill the need. ;)
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Quicken Sarah
    Quicken Sarah Alumni ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts @jacobs!  It's appreciated :)