Problems with Categories after download

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29 Aug, 2019 01:19 AM

I am seeing an issue where transactions I download are being automatically categorized on download. I want to be able to go through the ones I've downloaded and categorize them. As a first step I want to clear all the transactions I know have wrong categories so I know which ones I have left to do. I can't see any easy way to do that.

Any suggestions?

  1. 1 Posted by derekkent23 on 29 Aug, 2019 06:51 AM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.

    After downloading and importing transactions are your following the confirmation process, see

    This is the process were you correct any wrong categories and in which Moneydance learns to use the correct categories in the future.

    Hope this help.

  2. 2 Posted by jameshfx on 30 Aug, 2019 02:13 PM

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    Thanks this does help - I'd see the process docs and have read them again. I think this is a mindset issue on my end - I need to adjust to the flow as a newly migrated user (from quicken).

    The issue I have with the automated category assignment is that for some things it never going to be correct (e.g. purchases at big box stores where we buy different kinds of things each time).

    In other cases it is often right and the automation works great.

    I was just hoping there would be an easy way to clear the category for transactions I know are wrong so I recognize they are 'not done' but I guess I can make use of the 'confirmation status' for that.


  3. 3 Posted by derekkent23 on 30 Aug, 2019 05:29 PM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.

    Glad I was able to provide some help.

    Have Fun

  4. 4 Posted by jgreenb2 on 07 Sep, 2019 01:29 AM

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    This comment was split into a new private discussion: Problems with Categories after download

    Unfortunately those well-written instructions have NEVER worked for me. I've used Moneydance for years and it has never managed to learn to correct a category error. For example, these two transactions are certainly similar, but they are clearly not the same:


    But since I entered the category for WHSE as "groceries", Moneydance now thinks that gasoline is edible. No matter how many times I correct it, no matter where I make the correction, Moneydance stubbornly refuses to be re-educated.

    This is just one example of course -- other mis-categorizations persist along side this one. It's a minor irritant but it occurs every single time I confirm transactions so it does add up to a lot of time fixing things a computer should be able to manage on its own!!

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