Downloaded Transactions - Reminders query

Been simply dealing with this since upgrading to 2011; time to ask . . I download transactions from my bank. Go through the downloaded list and approve. Several transactions are associated with listed 'Bill
and Income Reminder' transactions and Quicken - upon my accepting the transaction (note: without any category field filled in) - rightly identifies and queries me if this is the (example) "September 4 transaction" for this payee. I say yes and the transaction is approved. But despite recognizing and associating it with the listed Reminder transaction that has all of the fields filled in, the program does nothing other than allow me to enter in as if the question/association never occured. The programn 'does' remove that specific Reminder transaction (that is good). But I have always thought that if recognized and confirmed that a specific transaction is associated with the listed Reminder transaction, that it would enter in with that associaed transaction's details.
Am I missing a setting here, or is this simply a limitation of the software?
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If I understand you correctly, it is not what you want, but the way Quicken works. If you have a "reminder" transaction, then Quicken will match a downloaded transaction to it if certain conditions are met - payee and amount must match, and date must be near. But Quicken will not let a downloaded transaction override the particulars of the "reminder". I dislike the reminder name, actually. I make up transactions that may involve several "transfers" to different accounts or categories. When that transaction clears the bank, there is nothing in the bank's info that tells me how much of the deposit was withheld for taxes, FICA etc. Just the net deposit and the payee name. So Quicken does the right thing.
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Thanks for the timely response . . .
"But Quicken will not let a downloaded transaction override the particulars of the "reminder".
The program prompts me in that it has identified one of the 'reminder' transactions as one that may be associated with my downloaded transaction. But once I accept that during approval of the downloaded transaction, the issue isn't the downloaded transaction overriding the accepted 'reminder' transction, but rather that despite acknowledging the common transaction, it allow me to just enter the approved, downloaded transaction with no regard to the details/fields that I have in the associated 'reminder' transaction. Payee and total amount identical, and date very close; so much so that the program is querying me whether the two are common.
I would have expected with acknowledging the common transactions, and removing the 'reminder' transaction from the list upon acknowledging the commonality, that it would also enter in the transaction as defined in the 'reminder' list rather than the simpler downloaded transaction.
Am I making sense?
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Sorry, I don't follow you.
Let me tell you what I do. I have set the reminders to get automatically entered into the register. Therefore, a transaction like a paycheck, or credit card payment or payment to the electric company gets into the register before I download transactions. I usually adjust (if necessary) amounts to reflect the latest bill when the statement becomes available. Then when the transaction is downloaded all particulars are there.
I gather you do things differently, but what is it exactly that you do?
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I have reminders set up solely to remind i.e. they don't automatically get entered into the register. I then periodically download transactions and I resolve the common transactions of those that were pre-authorized payments (or payments I made to a vendor 'over the counter') that were also listed in the reminders.
For example, I make an over the counter payment to a vet for semi-monthly service. I get the download of the $100 transaction at a later date. In my reminder list I have the corresponding transaction to that vendor for $100, that also presents a $50 and $50 split that makes up the transaction. If I choose the downloaded transaction and approve, Quicken asks if it is that $100 transaction in the reminder list. I confirm that, Quicken removes that particular transaction from the reminder list, enters the transaction into the register and all seems well. Except that Quicken does not enter the reminder transaction with the specific details; it uses the downloaded transaction alone, with our without any category fields.
I appreciate your help with this. To date, what I've had to do is either go into the reminder list, reset the date to that I actually paid, then enter (it automatically matches to the downloaded transaction). Alternatively, I could follow my initial procedure, but then have to manually re-create the split in the transaction. The latter option seems redundant given that the split transaction already exists. I'm just looking for Quicken to correlate between the two without automatically entering it into the register before it has actually been paid.

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Well, the main reason I make Q enter anticipated/memorized transactions automatically is because I like to see what my checking balance will look like in the future few weeks/months. Everything else follows from that. And it has the advantage of all splits being there.
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Minburn wrote:

Slightly off topic, and I hope this doesn't come across as a flame.
When Han bottom posts to your first reply, and then you reply to his post with a top post it makes following the thread VERY confusing. It's very confusing to keep scrolling back and forth to follow what is being talked about!
I don't wish to start a flame war with which method of posting is "better", but please consider following the example of the responder so we can keep everything in one flow!
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Sorry, just habit.
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Han wrote:

No Han, NOT you! You replied first to the OP at the bottom. No problem there. But then, in response to your reply, HE then posted at the top. He was the one that wasn't following the thread's precedent, not you!
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I know Andrew, but I considered after the fact gthat I could have followed the OP.
As thefrench say "tant pis!"
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Why are you telling your aunt to take a piss?

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You should know better, Sharkie, but just in case your memory needs refreshing, aunt is tante (note the "e") in French and is usually followed by a capitalized name ...
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Han, indeed I do! I was just doing some "chain rattling".
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"Minburn" wrote
Been simply dealing with this since upgrading to 2011; time to ask . . I download transactions from my bank. Go through the downloaded list and approve. Several transactions are associated with listed 'Bill and Income Reminder' transactions and Quicken - upon my accepting the transaction (note: without any category field filled in) - rightly identifies and queries me if this is the (example) "September 4 transaction" for this payee. I say yes and the transaction is approved. But despite recognizing and associating it with the listed Reminder transaction that has all of the fields filled in, the program does nothing other than allow me to enter in as if the question/association never occured. The programn 'does' remove that specific Reminder transaction (that is good). But I have always thought that if recognized and confirmed that a specific transaction is associated with the listed Reminder transaction, that it would enter in with that associaed transaction's details.
Am I missing a setting here, or is this simply a limitation of the software?
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It's not a "limitation" of the software; it's the way reminders are intended to be treated.
What you're calling "reminders" (Intuit did not always call them that) are, in fact, scheduled transactions. They're intended to be "entered" into your Quicken register (rather than to just "remind" you).
If you Enter a reminder before you Accept its downloaded counter-part (as Han suggested), Quicken (or you) will match the downloaded transaction to the register transaction. That way, your scheduled (reminder) transaction will control the contents of register transaction.
The only reason for asking you to confirm that the downloaded transaction is the same as a scheduled transaction is so Quicken will no longer treat the scheduled transaction as "due" (until its next due date). And given that this offer to confirm is often quite iffy, it's just as well that it's not a means for filling in the contents of downloaded transactions.
If you want Quicken to fill in portions of the contents of downloaded transactions (or manually entered transactions) for you, you need to use "Memorized payees" (memorized transactions).
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