FIND Defaults

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Why doesn't Quicken just fix this "FIND" issue and default to "ANY FIELD", instead of "Date"? Or allow the user to select the defaults for the "FIND" function!  I don't want to have to have/move the cursor into a field to force this selection in the "FIND" option.  Set this up as an option for the USER, not QUICKEN!  I'm using Quicken 2017 Deluxe running under Windows 10 Pro.
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Posted 3 months ago

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There are multiple "find" options in Quicken 2017.

The search box at the very top right of the program, just to the left of the Close/Minimize/Restore buttons, will search all fields of all transactions in all registers (payment or deposits).

The search box at the top right corner of each account register will search all fields of all transactions within that register.

Edit > Find (or Ctrl + F) is the more Advanced Search option, where the user defines the field(s) to search.
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All true. But it seems the majority of users preferred the previous default of Any Field. No one ever wants to Find a date, yet that is what generally appears because focus lands on the Date field most often.
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Someone once said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Intuit people apparently believe otherwise. Why didn't they just leave the search algorithm well enough alone?
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IIRC, I also believe that the default is based on the FIRST field displayed in the register OR whichever field your cursor happens to be in when you first open the FIND. So they are 2 ways to address this
  1. click on the desired field before you open the find 
  2. change the order of the fields in your register to have the field you want as a default to be the first column. This is because the cursor usually sits in the DATE field in the register when you first open it, edit and save a transactions or start a new one.
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In the Windows version, for the most part you can't change the order of the fields.
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So - using your method, how do you search for "ALL FIELDS"?
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Just fix the default to be "ANY FIELD"!  How difficult can this be?  Or set up a parameter to be changed per user!

Here's the line of code for you too:  "Move 'Any Field' to Find-Select".  Can't get any easier than that!
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Wow, what is that, COBOL?
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Dog_Man

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No it's Free Form RPG IV - you probably don't know what that is!
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I am here looking for an answer to the same question. QD 14 always defaulted to search ANY FIELD.
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If you're on the latest version of Quicken, use the search field at the top right of the screen - this is better than the default Find function!
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RPG made me chuckle. You realize Quicken is mostly C++, right? Hailed as an OOP breakthrough when it appeared, it turned out to be one of the most error-prone languages of its time.
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I suspect the real "change" is not ignoring the selected field when it is in the empty new entry line rather than in an existing entry.  I have no issue with respecting a fields selected in an existing transaction.

As for the claim that there are other ways - by far the quickest way to search used to be (for good typists) ctrl-f, search value, alt-f.

Now the equivalent keyboard path is ctrl-f, alt-i, a, tab,tab, search value, alt-f

Come on.
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Just discovered that find/replace is defaulted to "Any Field"  Add this function to toolbar by right click and customize.  When using the function, don't include a replacement value and nothing happens except you find what you were looking for, in fact all of the matching transactions with newest at top.

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If I'm reading your reply correctly, this SEARCH function on the main line of an account only finds the transactions for that account, not all accounts.  I have stopped using the FIND function on the toolbar. which QUICKEN refuses to default to "ANY FIELD", instead of "DATE".  Instead use the SEARCH function at the top right corner of any screen.  This locates all transactions from all accounts, not just from the account currently being displayed.  Quicken employee Tamara is correct in the response given above.  It works on all fields for all transactions and stop using the generic FIND.