Selecting Date Range to view
warlord at MIT.EDU
Mon Aug 15 18:14:10 EDT 2005
Nope, you assume wrong. Note that there are two reports labeled Transaction
Report; the one in the Register Menu, and the one in the Main Menu. I
one in the Main Menu:
<Menu> -> Reports -> Transaction Report
Quoting Brandon Kuczenski <brandon at 301south.net>:
> On Mon, 15 Aug 2005, Derek Atkins wrote:
>> 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
>> 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
> First, I'm assuming you mean "Account Report", since "Transaction
> Report" only reports on the currently selected transaction (I suppose
> this is another business-related feature, since it doesn't provide
> any more information than simply viewing that transaction in the
> Preparing an "Account Report" requires me to select the date range
> for the account in advance before generating the report, and then
> doesn't contain any more information than the register itself
> contains, except for printing out net totals at the bottom. It's an
> awfully small payoff for a substantial amount of mousework. Plus, it
> still has the distracting, lifetime-accumulating "Balance" which I
> still believe doesn't make sense for an income or expense account
> when a date range is selected.
> In any case, it is way too much work, unless there is some feature to
> globalize the "Date Range" selection -- what I would really like is
> to see this information for a number of accounts, or for all of them,
> without having to spend about a minute preparing each account
> So, I guess the proposed 'bug report' would be to change the way
> 'balance' is calculated for income or expense accounts when a date
> range is selected. The proposed 'feature request' would be to offer
> a global 'date range' setting in the main window. The long-term
> 'project' would be to write a new report template that would compile
> a number of 'account reports' for a single user-specified date range
> on a single report. The accounts included would be selectable just
> as they are for other main-window reports.
> Is there community interest or support for any of these?
>> Quoting Brandon Kuczenski <brandon at 301south.net>:
>>> 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
>>> 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.
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>>> gnucash-user at gnucash.org
Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
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