transfering multiple accounts

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Thu Oct 5 10:03:34 EDT 2006

Yes, "SHOULD" is a very strong word, but I really mean it.  The importer
has a memory -- it remembers and learns.  (The OFX importer moreso than
the QIF importer, but this applies to both).

When you make the assignments in the importer, then gnucash remembers
that and then the next time you import it will use your last-used
mapping.  So yes, it's a pain the first time, but the SECOND time
all your mappings should be there..  Or at least most of them.


"David T." <sunfish62 at> writes:

> --- Derek Atkins <warlord at MIT.EDU> wrote:
>> yury nedelin <ynedelin at> writes:
>> > Hi I am very new to GnuCash, 1 day, I have imported the .QIF file in to the
>> > Unspecified account in GnuCash. Then I have created an subaccount for the
>> > phone bills.   So I have a bunch of these bills in my unspecified account
>> > all with the same name and  just different dates.  Now I would like to
>> > transfer all the phone bills, about 15 of them, into my new Phone Account. 
>> > I could do ti one by one but that seems like a waste of a computer power. 
>> >
>> > Is there  way to do that automatically ?  And so in the future if  I have a
>> > bill from AT&T it just goes into the Phone account.
>> No, there's no way to do that automatically.  What you SHOULD have done
>> is taken the time during the QIF import to map the payees and memos to the
>> proper GnuCash accounts.  You can do that in future imports.
> Derek--
> "SHOULD" is a strong word. Especially since, if you try to map transactions to
> accounts in the import function, data entry is orders of magnitude slower.
> That's because the account select widget in the import druid doesn't have
> keyboard quickfind. You have to click to each account manually--which is
> problematic especially if you have a large set of asset accounts. That's
> actually why I have taken to importing transactions into Undefined and changing
> them later. I open the Undefined account and edit the transactions there until
> they're all "gone". For basic expense transactions, if I use single line
> display, I can power through the list substantially faster.
> While I'm on the import druid, I wish that imported transactions didn't fill in
> each split line memo with the QIF description, which for transactions imported
>>From my banks is usually some unreadable gobbledy-gook. It looks ugly, and
> doesn't really inform me of anything.
> Another (admittedly picky) issue I've noticed is that Gnucash automatically
> updates the Autofill cache with the entries that get imported. Again, from most
> banks, this comes through in a format I don't like (like ALL CAPS, WHICH I FIND
> I CAN'T READ). But I have to go through all sorts of hoops to trick GC into
> letting me have "Finance Charge" instead of "FINANCE CHARGE". In various other
> applications that do this kind of thing, you have the option to Ctrl-Z back
>>From a change that the software does, but that doesn't work for me in GC.
> And finally, I have noticed that the find duplicates part of the druid only
> seems to find a single duplicate transaction, despite there being several that
> ought to match...
> David
>> -derek
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