This feature was removed in one of the Moneydance 2015 releases. It really was problematic especially where Investment accounts were involved where you cannot arbitrarily archive before a certain date since those investments can still be active. You cannot just exclude investment accounts either since they often involve transfers between accounts and with Moneydance being built on double entry accounting principles if you remove one side of the transaction you must remove the other side.
Furthermore in newer versions of Moneydance it was found that pretty much everyone was using it as a way to reduce the size of their file. The problem is that because of Moneydance's method of recording transaction/change logs for every change it would have the opposite effect.
You are running a very old release of Moneydance 2017. The last release was 2017.10. This is available from:
In Moneydance 2019 further improvements have been made in handling data with the result that less space is used. Moneydance 2019 is a free upgrade for those that purchased Moneydance 2017 and at a 50% discount if you purchased an earlier release by using the upgrade field on:
on 14 Feb, 2020 09:40 PM
Thank you so much for your information. I really appreciate it. It has saved me a lot of frustration and feeling dumb when I thought certainly there must be a way to do this if only I were reading all the tech info correctly. I will do the upgrade with an easy mind.