New Quicken icon posted on desktop?

Suntu Member ✭✭
A new Quicken icon posted on desktop? See attached.

Why did it post? What does it mean? Why didn't the original Quicken icon for the account update?


  • Suntu
    Suntu Member ✭✭
    For clarification one Quicken icon "Andrew2" is a white box, the original "Andrew2" is a red box. The white box details it is a current backup whereas the red box is a previous backup. Other Quicken desktop backups only show as red boxes (current backups).
  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Where is your active Quicken data file located?
    If it's located on the Desktop, I recommend it be moved to your \Documents\Quicken folder on your C - drive.
    Backups created by the Automatic Backup process should be moved to \Documents\Quicken\Backup.
    The only thing on the Desktop should be the Quicken program shortcut icon, to start Quicken with.
    Do the moves with Quicken closed, then while still in Windows File Explorer doubleclick the active Quicken data file to start Quicken using the file in its new location. Quicken will remember the new location as the default when you start Quicken again the next time.

    I recommend you also review your backup settings in Quicken to ensure that you create a backup every single time you close Quicken. That minimizes the number of lost changes since the last backup, should you have to restore your data file again.

    How to properly set up Quicken Backup
    How to make Quicken create a backup for you automatically every time you close Quicken
    What Quicken backups are available where?

    For the sake of this discussion it is assumed that your Quicken data file is located in the Default (and recommended) place: C:\Users\username\Documents\Quicken

    Review the backup settings available in Quicken (under Edit / Preferences / Backup).

    In there you will find two types of backup: Automatic and Manual Backup.

    Automatic Backup should be enabled and by default goes to a \Backup folder that's part of the folder which contains your current Quicken data file, e.g. \Documents\Quicken\Backup. Set it to create a backup after running Quicken [1] times and to keep [9] (or more, your choice) backup copies.
    The file name for Automatic Backup files contains a date and time stamp as part of the file name, e.g. QDATA-2020-03-22.PM03.45.QDF-backup

    To create a Manual Backup copy of your Quicken data file on an external device (USB-hard drive or USB memory stick recommended), put a checkmark at "Manual Backup Reminder" to enable the function and set "Remind me after running Quicken [xx] times" to [1].

    Click OK to save the changes.

    From now on, when you close Quicken using the red X button, you will get a popup window.

    When you get this window for the first time, on some versions click the radio button for "Backup on my computer".
    Change the Backup File name's drive letter and path to point to your external device so that it looks something like this: E:\Quicken Backup\QDATA-2019-04-01.QDF-backup
    or use the Change button and work your way through the dialog.

    Do not change the filename portion! Just overtype the drive letter and choose a backup folder name. If the folder does not exist, it will be created.

    Also choose the option to "Add date to backup file name".

    Every day when you run Backup or close Quicken, an additional backup file is created. Without the Add Date option you only have 1 backup copy which is overwritten every day ... and that may prove bad in a problem recovery situation.

    Allow this backup to run to save the changes made on the screen.

    Of course, once in a while you will have to go in and delete some of the oldest backup files, at your discretion, to avoid filling up your USB device.

    One can never have enough backups of a Quicken data file. BTDTGTS to prove it!

  • Suntu
    Suntu Member ✭✭
    Thank you for your comment. I've printed it so I can try it. I use three redundant backups--desktop, D drive (additional internal drive) and USB device plus the online Quicken cloud each time the file is changed.
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