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I have been using Quicken 2009 for many years and every time I shut down my files were automatically saved and opened up the next time that I logged in

Now when I open up Quicken my screen asks if I am new to quicken or already a user

Clicking on already a user brings up another screen asking if I want to open up a file that is located on this computer

I then have to find the last file that I backed up and open it

How can I get back to opening up Quicken and seeing the last file used used?

Thanks Alan

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  • splasher
    splasher SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
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    Check your filename length. Quicken can get picky about it if it is longer than eight characters, 12345678.QDF. 
    Also check that there is not a space at the end before the period.
    Rename it in Windows Explorer with Quicken closed. Once renamed, double click on the file to start Quicken with that file, after that, it should find it on its own.
    NOTE: The old file name will still be in the Recent File list (File menu), but for more recent versions of Quicken, if you select it, Quicken will tell you it can't find it and offer to remove it from the Recent File list.

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  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
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    After you've resolved the filename issue, I recommend you 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
    For this discussion it is also assumed that your Quicken data file is named, for example, QDATA.QDF

    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-2020-04-01.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!

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