Reconciled balance keeps changing


I was reconciling my bank account last week and found the opening balance to be incorrect. I finally found the issue and got it back to the correct balance.

Now I'm going back to finish reconciling and it is off again, this time by a different amount. I don't understand why this keeps happening. My computer has been turned off since yesterday morning.

I'm running Quicken Classic Premier vR56.9, build

Windows 10 Home
Version 22H2
Installed on ‎10/‎7/‎2020
OS build 19045.4412
Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.19056.1000.0


  • NotACPA
    NotACPA SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Opening Balance in a Reconciliation isn't a stored figure … it's calculated as the sum of all transactions in the account that have an "R" in the CLR column.

    SO, if you manually set, or unset that R, or
    add or delete an R transaction, or
    delete the other side of an R transaction, that Opening Balance will be changed.

    Q user since February, 1990. DOS Version 4
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  • q_lurker
    q_lurker SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just to be clear on the semantics, Opening Balance is the first, the earliest, transaction in an account. It is the amount that the account starts with within Quicken. For unestablished reasons, in some cases downloading transactions will alter that initial entry messing up the ensuing balances in the account and causing reconciliation problems. This bug has led to a common recommendation to enter the correct opening balance figure in the memo field of that Opening Balance transaction for reference when needed. (I happen to have all my Opening Balance values at $0.)

    When reconciling a checking account manually to a paper statement, Quicken prompts with the "Prior Balance". That is (should be) the value of the account at the end of the last reconciliation, often at the end of the month. As @NotACPA notes, Quicken presents a newly computed value reflecting all 'R' transactions in the account.

    Both balance values have been problematic at times for various users. I think @Michael Rosen is referring to the "Opening Balance" value and change issue.

  • Michael Rosen
    Michael Rosen Member ✭✭✭

    Yeah, I think I'm following you. I sorted the CLR column and checked the balance at the last R. Prior to today I had entered missing transactions and marked them reconciled to correct the opening reconciled balance. I didn't change anything else. I had also found a duplicate transaction that had been marked as reconciled but should not have.