Few people read introductions to reference books, so I'll make this very brief. I just want to tell you which versions of QuickBooks this book works for, what's in the reference, what it assumes about your existing skills, and what conventions I use.
QuickBooks comes in several different flavors, including QuickBooks Simple Start, QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier, and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions. This reference talks about QuickBooks 2010 Premier, which is a superset of QuickBooks Pro and sort of a subset of QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions.
If you're using QuickBooks Simple Start — which is the simplest, most bare bones version of QuickBooks — you shouldn't use this book. Sorry. Fortunately, I have a solution of sorts for you. You might want to get another book I've written, QuickBooks Simple Start For Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.). That book covers the Simple Start version of QuickBooks in friendly detail.
On the other hand, even though this book is written for QuickBooks Premier, if you're using QuickBooks Pro or QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions, don't worry. You're just fine with this book. And don't freak out if you're using some version of QuickBooks that's very similar to QuickBooks 2010, such as QuickBooks 2009 or QuickBooks 2011. Although this reference is about QuickBooks 2010, it also works just fine for the 2008, 2009, and probably 2011 versions of QuickBooks because QuickBooks is a very mature product at this point. The changes from one ...