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For additional information about placeholder entries, read How do I decide how to resolve placeholder entries?


Quicken enters a Placeholder Entry if you're missing part of your transaction history. For any given security, if the total number of shares bought or added in your transaction list doesn't equal the number of shares in your account, then Quicken enters a placeholder entry to make up the difference. Placeholder entries are shown in the Placeholder Entries section under the investment register of the account.

  1. Open the account you want to use.
  2. In the Placeholder Entries window below the register, see if there are any placeholders. You can quickly identify this by the number of placeholder entries displayed in the window header.
  3. If you just want to remove the placeholder entries, select Delete All, otherwise continue.
    Note: You can also delete individual placeholder entries from your account register.
  4. Select Enter Cost to edit the missing transaction. The Enter Missing Transactions screen will appear.
  5. In the Enter Missing Transactions dialog, click the appropriate option. Review the options below to learn more.
    • Enter Missing Transaction
    • Estimate Average Cost
  6. Repeat this process for all securities that have placeholder entries.

Choosing an option

About the Estimated Average Cost dialog

Tips about what you see in the Enter Missing Transactions dialog

  • Tips about tracking cost basis for mutual funds