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Category groups organize your categories. For example, all of the categories related to your spending are grouped together in a category group called Personal Expenses. And all of the categories related to your income are grouped together in the Personal Income category group.


Customizing Category Groups

Category groups are can be customized. Whether you choose to create your own or use the default category groups, they can greatly simplify the presentation of your Quicken budgets and reports, and make finding and choosing categories in the register much easier.

 Add a category group
  1. Choose Tools menu > Category List.

  2. Select Options > Assign category groups.

  3. If this is the first group you have created, select New Custom Group, otherwise select Add/Rename Custom Groups.

  4. Select New.

  5. Enter a name for the category group.

  6. Select OK

 Rename a category group
  1. Choose Tools menu > Category List.

  2. Select Options > Assign category groups.

  3. Select Add/Rename Custom Groups.

  4. Select the category group you want to rename.

  5. Select Rename.

  6. Enter the new name.

  7. Select OK to close the Rename Category Group window.

  8. Select Done to close the Custom Category Groups window.

 Delete a category group

Delete a category group

  1. Choose Tools menu > Category List.

  2. Select Options > Assign category groups.

  3. Select Add/Rename Custom Groups.

  4. Select the category group you want to delete.

  5. Select Delete.

  6. Select Done to close the Custom Category Groups window. 

 Assign categories to a category group
  1. Choose Tools menu > Category List.
  2. Select Options > Assign category groups.
  3. Select a Category from the list on the left.
  4. Select a Category Group from the list on the right.
  5. Select Add to assign the selected category to the selected category group.
 Remove the category group assigned to a category
  1. Choose Tools menu > Category List.

  2. Select Options > Assign category groups.

  3. Select the category from the list on the left.

  4. Select Remove to remove the selected category from the selected category group. 

 Include category groups in reports

You can include category groups only in summary, comparison, or budget reports.

  1. Choose Reports menu > Reports & Graphs Center.

  2. Select a summary, comparison, or budget report from the list of topics, such as Banking > Banking Summary, or Spending > Historical Budget.

  3. Select Customize.

  4. Select the Display tab.

  5. In the Organization list, select Category Group.

  6. Select the Category Groups tab.

  7. Select the check box next to each category group you want to include in the report.

  8. Select Show Report.

How should I use category groups?

Suppose you want to budget $100 a month for the categories Movies and Books, but you don't care how that $100 is split between the two. Instead of budgeting a specific amount for each category, you can assign the categories Movies and Books to the category group Discretionary, and budget $100 a month for Discretionary expenses.

Are there alternatives to category groups?

If you're considering using category groups, you may want to use tags instead. Tags provide the functionality of category groups but with more flexibility. Category groups are included for compatibility with earlier versions of Quicken.