Bonnie Biafore has put every Quicken feature worth using through its paces since 1990 and has sent innumerable suggestions for improvement to Intuit (many of which can be seen in Quicken 2009). She writes about personal finance, investing, and project management, although she’s working on what she hopes will be a best-selling crime novel with movie rights worth oodles of money. As an engineer and project manager, she’s thorough and steadfastly attentive to detail but redeems herself by using her sick sense of humor to transform these drool-inducing subjects into entertaining reading. Her NAIC Stock Selection Handbook won major awards from the Society of Technical Communication and APEX Awards for Publication Excellence (but the raves she receives from beginning investors mean much more to her).
Bonnie is also the author of O’Reilly’s Online Investing Hacks, QuickBooks 2009: The Missing Manual, and Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual. She writes a monthly column called “WebWatch” for Better Investing magazine and is a regular contributor to www.bankrate.com and www.interest.com. As a consultant, she manages projects for clients and wins accolades for her ability to herd cats.
When not chained to her computer, she hikes and cycles in the mountains, cooks gourmet meals, and practices saying no to additional work assignments. You can learn more at Bonnie’s Web site, http://www.bonniebiafore.com, or email her at email@example.com.
Dawn Frausto (editor) is assistant editor for the Missing Manual series. When not working, she plays soccer, beads, and causes trouble. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Meyers (editor) is the managing editor of O’Reilly Media’s Missing Manual series. He lives with his wife, daughter, and cats in New York City. Email: email@example.com.
Nellie McKesson (production editor) is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. She currently lives in Jamaica Plain, MA, and spends her spare time making t-shirts for her friends to wear (mattsaundersbynellie.etsy.com). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Boevingloh (technical reviewer) is an information technology consultant who resides in the Denver area. He has been a dedicated Quicken user since 1994.
Tina Spargo (technical reviewer), her husband (and professional musician) Ed, their toddler Max, their two silly Spaniels, Parker (Clumber), and Piper (Sussex), all share time and space in their suburban Boston home. Tina juggles being an at-home mom with promoting and marketing Ed’s musical projects and freelancing as a virtual assistant. Tina has over 15 years’ experience supporting top-level executives in a variety of industries. Web site: www.tinaspargo.com.
Glenn Court (copy editor) is a freelance manuscript editor in Washington DC who gave up coffee for chai but still tends to meet herself coming and going. She enjoys (in no particular order) digitally enhancing old photographs, behavior watches at the National Zoo, amusing her friends unintentionally, giving tours of the Old Pension Building, walking and hiking, occasional Web design, the beach on and off season, and of course admiring cats. Web site: www.formandsubstance.com.
My eternal gratitude to everyone who helped make this book what it is today. I am honored and thankful to be part of the O’Reilly community. The folks at O’Reilly have done their usual amazing job: Dawn Frausto for keeping things running smoothly and keeping me company online nights and weekends, Glenn Court for putting the final coat on my words, and Ron Strauss for building an index that helps you find all the information you want (especially important given the complete absence of an index in Quicken Help).
I also want to thank the technical reviewers, Jeff Boevingloh and Tina Spargo, for keeping me honest and providing so many great tips for wrangling Quicken into submission.
Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index; cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters); and RepKover, a detached-spine binding that lets the book lie perfectly flat without the assistance of weights or cinder blocks.
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Access 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
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CSS: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Digital Photography: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover and Barbara Brundage
Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Excel 2003: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Facebook: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey and Susan Prosser
FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey and Susan Prosser
Flash 8: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
Flash CS3: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer and Chris Grover
FrontPage 2003: The Missing Manual by Jessica Mantaro
Google Apps: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and J.D. Biersdorfer
iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iMovie ’08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhoto ’08: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPod: The Missing Manual, Sixth Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer
Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue
Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual, by David Pogue
Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Office 2004 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Mark H. Walker and Franklin Tessler
Office 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover, Matthew MacDonald, and E.A. Vander Veer
Office 2008 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink
PCs: The Missing Manual by Andy Rathbone
Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
QuickBase: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
QuickBooks 2008: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
QuickBooks 2009: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue and Adam Goldstein
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition by David Pogue
Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton
Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue, Craig Zacker, and Linda Zacker
Windows Vista: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows Vista for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Word 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Your Brain: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald