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Mike Josey

17 May, 2020 08:55 AM

Good morning

I seem suddenly to have acquired a second set of accounts. Briefly, I have our own accounts and a second set for a church support group of which I am the Treasurer. They are called "RealMulberry" and "Real St George's". The new set is called "RealMulberry2" and came complete with a full set of accounts, replicating the originals. I deleted all of the accounts in "RealMulberry2" but cannot find a way to get rid of it itself: I don't know what to call it - shall we say the "RealMulberry2 summary"

Whilst it's nothing more (i hope) than a nuisance, it's annoying that there seems to be no way of getting rid of it.

All ideas welcome!


  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 17 May, 2020 09:07 AM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    I assume you means you have an extra data set, accessed via the menu command File --> Open.

    It is not possible to delete data sets from within Moneydance, you can think of this as a safety measure to help prevent accidental deletion. You need to use Operating system tools to delete a data set, the details are in the Knowledge Base article:

  2. 2 Posted by Mike Josey on 17 May, 2020 10:38 AM

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    dwg - you are a star!!!

    Thanks so much…… was a silly thing but it was really bugging me.

    Cheers - have a good day

    Mike Josey

  3. 3 Posted by derekkent23 on 17 May, 2020 11:00 AM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.
    Hi Mike

    Just a thought on where the data set “RealMulberry2” may have come from.

    Moneydance auto backup has the naming convention yourdatasetname.yyyy-mm-dd.moneydancearchive

    When you restore an automatic backup, FILE (MONEYDANCE on Mac) – RESTORE FROM BACKUP you do not overwrite your existing data set, a new data set is created, yourdatasetname (plus at number).moneydance
    e.g. RealMulberry2

    Hope this explains what happened.

  4. 4 Posted by Mike Josey on 17 May, 2020 11:06 AM

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    Thanks, Derek - yes that explains it. I always feel a complete fool with these things as, for about 30 years I was in IT going from programmer (using Basic Assembler on an IBM360/30 in 1964) to Service Manager and folding up with stress in 1993. However, things have changed enormously in the interim (and, also, I’ve got older!)

    Thanks again


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