Observations in MD usage

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27 Feb, 2020 01:19 AM

I think I have these two observations correct, if not, correct me. if I'm correct, these are enhancement/fix suggestions:

Setting an account as "inactive" (but not hidden, it's still on the sidebar) shows the account's balance as zero in the sidebar, and in the net worth value on the summary page. However, those balances are still reflected as nonzero in the net worth REPORT.

If on "summary", one chooses a "bank account/credit card/investment account" from the summary page (primarily because it is hidden from the sidebar) - the account comes up fine, and one can act upon it. However the Summary line is still highlighted, so if one wants to go back to the overall summary page - one has to click away from the summary page (I click reminders) and then click summary page again. Not a severe issue, but I've definitely dealt with this many times today.

Just as a confirmation request: in a report, X in the C field is the same as the green circle - i.e. cleared.

  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 27 Feb, 2020 01:43 AM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    The so called Net Worth report that you generate is really more like a total value of selected accounts report. Its naming is more misleading than anything. I'm not sure what you would call it. It differs from the account balances report in that the later does not include the value of securities.

    I can reproduce your issue with an account that is not on the sidebar. I'm not sure if there is a solution, it appears that there needs to be something highlighted in the side bar and if the account is not present it does not seem that the highlight has anywhere to go.

    Yes X in the C field indicates cleared. Reconciling in Moneydance is an intermediate stage. So there is primary two states cleared and uncleared.

  2. 2 Posted by dtd on 27 Feb, 2020 05:22 AM

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    Is there any way to see a table of accounts, showing which are hidden or inactive or maybe even initial balance, or is this a one by one edit bit (which I suspect is the case)?

  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 27 Feb, 2020 05:58 AM

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    Menu option Tools --> Account will give you a list of accounts and current balances. Accounts in light grey are inactive, black are active when using classic Theme (colours can vary according to the theme in use).

  4. 4 Posted by dtd on 27 Feb, 2020 06:24 AM

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    Thanks, that helped a lot. Next question (even though this is in suggestions)

    I have a security with no name, appears as ^:^, what's the proper way to remove it? For some reason it seems to "exist" in every investment account - maybe a remnant of my QIF import?

    I tried removing it globally, but I suspect I may have to walk through the acounts. Given your great answer just now, maybe you have a better way?

  5. 5 Posted by dtd on 27 Feb, 2020 06:27 AM

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    The fact that this says "account" vs. "security" makes saying yes very scary.

    And yes, if you look at the picture, nothing seems to show that I picked "remove security" - it appears I'm about to delete that entire account. and maybe i will? i backed out.

    edit: looking further, it seems there SHOULD be a security name after the ending colon, but it still says "account", and I think I stated the security I'm looking at has no name.

  6. 6 Posted by dwg on 27 Feb, 2020 06:31 AM

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    Before you can delete a security it has to be deleted from each account. Moneydance will not allow you to remove a security that is "in use".

  7. 7 Posted by dtd on 27 Feb, 2020 06:34 AM

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    so - a walk through of all accounts to delete the unnamed security... gotcha, and now I think I can do it (you may want to read my multiple edits in the last message)

    I did a mostly walk through - and then it seemed to disappear on its own in the top level security list. Hope that means I did it right.

  8. 8 Posted by dwg on 27 Feb, 2020 07:26 AM

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    There are little reminders in Moneydance that accounting principles underlie the program and in some cases that the same screen is used for multiple purposes. Ideally a task should be given to a maintenance programmer to go and tidy things up.

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