Find Out Where Your Quicken Data Files Are Stored

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Quicken is a very flexible software program. It can handle not only your personal finances but also the finances for special projects you might be managing or the finances for your small business. You don't need separate software products for these other projects; instead, Quicken can create a new data file specifically for each additional project, keeping the information for each project separate.

How Many Quicken Data Files You Can Have

You can have as many Quicken data files as you would like, all created in the same software. For example, you could have one for the school parent-teacher organization, as well as one for a personal project, both of which are kept separate from your personal financial data.

Finding Quicken Data Files on Your Hard Drive

You can find your Quicken data file on your hard drive by going through Windows Explorer and navigating to the folder where Quicken saves its files. 

You'll usually see your files in the folder C:/Program Files/Quicken/Data ("C" is the letter assigned to hard drives in most computers). This is the default location set in Quicken where data files are saved.

If you're having trouble finding a data file for Quicken, you can search for all Quicken data files stored on your computer by following these steps:

  1. While in Quicken, click File in the menu.
  2. Click Find Quicken Files.
  3. From here, you can search for all Quicken files or specify a specific Quicken data file name. You can also select the device to search if you save your Quicken data files somewhere other than your hard drive, such as a USB drive, CD, DVD or other data storage.
  4. Quicken will display the results in the Data Files Found window.

If you use a Mac instead, follow these steps:

  1. In Quicken, hold down the Command key and click the file name on the title bar at the top of the window.
  2. Click the first folder on the dropdown menu. It's called Documents.
  3. The resulting window will display your Quicken data files.

If you have trouble finding your files that way, try using your Mac's Spotlight search feature:

  1. Access the Spotlight search feature in the upper right-hand corner of the menu bar.
  2. Type "Quicken" into the search bar.
  3. Your data files will be displayed in a results window to the right.

If you still need help finding your data files on a Mac, reach out to Quicken's customer support.

Identifying the Quicken Data File You're Working In

If you're unsure of which file you're currently working on in Windows, you can find the name of it by looking on the left side of the top bar. You will first see the version of Quicken you are using, followed by the data file name. For example, you might see "Quicken 2013 Deluxe—QData" in the top bar.

Changing the Name of a Current Quicken Data File

Quicken names the data file Qdata by default, but you can save the file as any name you wish.

You can rename a Quicken data file you are currently using by clicking File and Save a Copy and then entering a new name. This creates a copy of the current file and saves it under the new name you've chosen. All of the accounts, transactions and budget information that you had entered in the original Qdata file are copied over to this new file. Moving forward, you will work in and make changes to the renamed data file.

Creating and Naming a New Quicken Data File

If you want to start a new Quicken data file with a custom name, do so by clicking on File and then New Quicken File. Enter the name for your new Quicken data file; for example, if you're managing the finances of a new parent-teacher organization, you could name that file "PTO."

You may be asked to sign in with your Quicken ID. Then you can add accounts to your new data file. By default, Quicken will save this file in the same location as your current Quicken data file.

When naming your Quicken data file, you must not include any of the following characters: * ? < > | " : \ /

Keep in mind that you can only store up to 50 Quicken data files in one folder. If for some reason you need more than that, you'll need to create another folder to put them in.

Article Sources

  1. Quicken Help. "How Do I Create a New Quicken Data File?" Accessed March 6, 2020.

  2. Quicken Help. "How to Find a Quicken Data File (Quicken for Windows)." Accessed March 6, 2020.

  3. Quicken Help. "Locating Data Files (Quicken for Mac)." Accessed March 6, 2020.