How Does the Money Help Program Work?

By: Stephen L. Nelson, CPA

The Money Help menu, which appears when you click Help on the menu bar, provides information about using Money through its eleven commands: Help Topics, Online Help, Help For Quicken Users, Ordering Checks, Microsoft On The Web (which displays a submenu of further help commands), Introductory Videos (which also displays a submenu of commands), Accounts And Bills Videos, Investing Videos, Planner Videos, Taxes Videos, and About Microsoft Money.

The Main Help Command

The principal Help menu command you will use is Help Topics. When you choose this command, Money opens the Money Help pane-this appears along the right edge of the Money window. To use Money Help, type your question in the box in the lower right corner of the window and then click the Search button. Money Help then displays a list of help topics that may answer your question.

Suppose for example that you ask about printing checks. If you type the question, "how do I print checks," Money responds by listing help topics related to check printing To get more information about one of these topics, simply click

Often, the help topic provides step-by-step instructions. The help topic also provides hyperlinks to other help topics. You can display these help topics by clicking the hyperlink.

Special Help for Quicken Users

If you are converting to Money from Quicken, you may also want to review the Help For Quicken Users command. This Help menu command displays a list of help topics specifically for people moving from Quicken to Money. If you choose this command, Money displays a list of topics that include converting a Quicken file to a Money data file, learning how to switch Quicken online service to Money online service, how to find equivalent Quicken commands in Money, and so on.

A Few Words About the Other Help Commands

The other Money Help menu commands are very straightforward. All you need to do is choose a command, and then follow the instructions displayed in the Help pane. For example, the Ordering Checks command displays help topics that explain how you can order check forms.

The Microsoft On The Web command displays a submenu of commands-each of which brings you to a web page that relates to Money. The first Microsoft On The Web submenu command, for example, is Microsoft Money Home Page. If you choose this command-and if you have an Internet connection-Money displays the Microsoft Money home page in its window. (This page looks different each day.) Similarly, other commands on the Microsoft On The Web submenu show other web pages: the frequently asked questions page, the online support page, the send feedback web form, and so on.

Did Somebody Say "Video"?

Predictably, the Introductory Videos command displays the Introductory Videos submenu. This submenu lists seven short multimedia videos that you can view to learn more about the Money program. The videos include "What Money Can Do for You," "How to Get the Most Out of Money," and so on.

Last But Not Least

The last command on the Help menu is About Microsoft Money. If you choose this command, Money displays a dialog box that provides system information about the Money program, copyright information, and serial number data. You typically won't use this command, except if you call Microsoft for product support and the product support person directs you to use this command. (The technical support representative might do this to get specific information about your computer system.)

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