How to Share With Quicken

By Jackie Lohrey

Share Quicken files using a backup and restore strategy.
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Quicken file sharing becomes an issue when two (or more) Quicken users require access to Quicken files, or when you have two computers and require access to Quicken using either computer. Unfortunately, Intuit discourages using Quicken in a network or on a shared drive and cautions that using Quicken in this way can lead to data integrity issues. To share with Quicken, the best idea is to install Quicken software on each computer you intend to use, and share Quicken using a backup and restore strategy.

Install Quicken

Install Quicken 2007 or later editions on up to three computers in your household, or purchase additional copies of the software to install on computers you do not own.

Follow the installation wizard instructions using the product key on the installation CD to identify the software as belonging to you. If you purchased Quicken as a download product, log in to your "My Downloads" account and download the software to the appropriate computer.

Set Quicken profile information. To ensure all computers display the same profile, access Quicken setup on the main computer and establish profiles on remaining computers using the same settings. Access Quicken setup by selecting "Tools" on the main menu and then click "Go to Setup" to view profile information.

Back up Quicken Information

Insert a USB flash drive into a USB port and then select "Save Copy or Backup" from the "File" tab of the main menu. Select the location of the Flash drive and select "Backup Copy." This is the easiest and most portable backup media.

Click the "File" tab on main menu, then click "Save Copy or Backup."

Click "Backup Copy," "Local Backup," then navigate to the USB drive location.

Click "Save Right Now," type in a descriptive name or enter the date for your back up and then click "Save."

Remove the USB flash drive and insert it in a second computer to begin the restore process.

Restore Quicken Information

Click "File" from the main menu, and then click "Restore Backup File."

Navigate to the USB drive location, click "OK" and select the backup file.

Click "OK" to begin the restore process.