Parent accounts total vs. balance

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Fri Nov 15 12:56:02 EST 2013


Robert Ratliff <ratliff.bobby at> writes:

> I have a question about parent accounts: placeholder
> vs. non-placeholder accounts. Both accounts can have one or more
> subaccounts. But a placeholder account can't have any transactions
> posted to itself, only to its children. On the other hand, a
> non-placeholder account can have transactions posted to itself.
> In the GnuCash accounts page, there is a Total column which shows the
> total for parent accounts. If you open a placeholder account, you get
> the message "This is a read-only account" or something like that. If
> you open a non-placeholder account, you can see the transactions
> posted there and the balance of that account.
> Is the a column that I can turn on in the main accounts view that
> would show the balance of non-placeholder parent accounts? When I say
> balance, I mean the balance of the transactions posted in it, without
> any totals of the balances of the child accounts.
> Does that make sense?

It does make sense, but I'm afraid that none of the columns available
provide that information.  (Actually, I find this a little surprising)

> Regards,
> Robert


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