How to Find Microsoft Money Data Files in Windows

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Data files created and used by Microsoft Money are usually identified by the file extension .mny. Depending on the settings of your computer, your file extensions may not be readily visible, but they still are present. There are a couple of ways to find Microsoft Money data files on your Windows computer: Locating the default save folder or doing a search on Windows.

Method 1: Locating the Default Save Folder

Microsoft Money saves data files by default in the My Documents folder on your Windows computer unless you specifically changed the save location in your Microsoft Money settings. 

  1. Go to your My Documents folder.
  2. Look for Microsoft Money data files, which end with the ".mny" extension. If extensions aren't visible, you can change your settings to show file name extensions in Windows.

Method 2: Searching Windows for Files

If you're not able to find your Microsoft Money data files in your My Documents folder, you can perform a Windows search for the data files by the file name extension.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click on Search or in the search dialog box, depending on your version of Windows.
  3. Select All Files and Folders as the search type.
  4. Under "All or part of the file name" enter:
    If the Microsoft Money data file you're looking for is a converted version from 2007 or before, see the file name extensions note below.
  5. Click Search or hit Enter.
  6. Get a cup of coffee. When you return, Windows will show you the search results for all files with the .mny file name extension, as well as their locations (for example, C:\mystuff\personal\test.mny).

File Name Extensions for Older Versions of Microsoft Money

If the Microsoft Money data files you're searching for are converted files from version 2007 or earlier, use the indicated file name extension in your Windows search instead:

  • Microsoft Money 98: use file name extension *.m06
  • Microsoft Money 99: use file name extension *.m07
  • Microsoft Money 2000: use file name extension *.m08
  • Microsoft Money 2001: use file name extension *.m09
  • Microsoft Money 2002: use file name extension *.m10
  • Microsoft Money 2003: use file name extension *.m11
  • Microsoft Money 2004: use file name extension *.m12
  • Microsoft Money 2005: use file name extension *.m14
  • Microsoft Money 2006: use file name extension *.m15
  • Microsoft Money 2007: use file name extension *.m16

Finding Alternatives to Microsoft Money

Microsoft ended sales of its Microsoft Money line of finance software products in 2009 and discontinued support of the products in 2011. In 2010, Microsoft began offering an alternative version called Microsoft Money Plus Sunset that replaces Microsoft Money Essentials, Microsoft Money Deluxe, Microsoft Money Premium, Microsoft Money Home and Microsoft Money Business editions.

However, before installing Microsoft Money Plus Sunset, do some research to find if it's right for you. It doesn't include many of the key features that Microsoft Money offered, including automatic transaction and account statement updates, online bill pay, tax planning tools, and more.

If you want to replace Microsoft Money Plus Sunset completely with something else, then be sure to make sure you know what you're looking for in personal finance software before making a choice. Also, be sure to do your research on the products that are available by reading some finance software recommendations and reviews.