Selecting Date Range to view

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Mon Aug 15 17:50:02 EDT 2005

Did you try the "Transaction Report"?  It sounds like this is what you 
want. You'll just need to configure the settings for what you want.

As for the P&L being "non-intuitively named", I should point out that 
it's been
renamed to the Income Report in the next major release..  But also "Profit and
Loss" is a fairly standard business report.


Quoting Brandon Kuczenski <brandon at>:

> Hello, Gnucash community.  I switched over to Linux a few months ago 
> and have been using Gnucash as a replacement for Quicken 98.  
> Philosophically, I like it much better (particularly the double-entry 
> accounting).  I am currently using version 1.8.10 on a Debian system.
> One feature that I feel is lacking is an analog to a Quicken feature 
> I used quite often: simply, the ability to display all the 
> transactions from certain or all accounts from a certain period as an 
> itemized list (Quicken's "Itemized Categories" report).  I have not 
> found any way to replicate this functionality in Gnucash.  The 
> closest I can get is a (non-intuitively named) 'profit and loss' 
> report over a specified date range, but that does not show individual 
> transactions, only their sums by-account.
> The next-closest feature is "View -> Select Transactions -> Date 
> Range" in each individual account window.  Though cumbersome, this 
> would be sufficient EXCEPT: I believe that for Income and Expense 
> accounts, when the Date Range is selected, the account's 'Balance' 
> should start at zero at the beginning of the range.  This doesn't 
> make sense for asset or bank accounts, but for income and expense 
> accounts I believe it does -- since they don't really have true 
> balances.
> After that change, I could easily see at-a-glance how much money I 
> spent from a certain account (c.f. Quicken 'category'), say, in 
> August of 1998. As it is now, I have to set the date range and 
> subtract the initial balance from the final balance myself.
> What do you think of that?  It seems like the coding change would be 
> near-trivial, though I haven't actually looked.  Does this seem like 
> a reportable 'bug'?
> As a possible extension, might it make sense to select a Viewable 
> Date Range that is universal to all accounts, rather than or in 
> addition to having a per-account viewable range?
> Thanks for your development efforts.  Without this program it would 
> not have been practical for me to switch from Windows.
> -Brandon
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