Using account codes in transactions

Ryan Flegel rflegel at
Sat Jan 1 13:39:08 EST 2011

I'd like to see a feature like this, too.

It would be nice if I could start typing "Milk", for example, and
"Expenses:Food:Milk" would appear in the dropdown. Basically, it would
act as a search instead of having to be an absolute path.


2011/1/1 Katona Gábor <katonag at>:
>  Hello GnuCash experts,
> I have set up a chart of account and added account codes to every
> account of the chart in a way similar to the documentation. So I have
> for example:
> 500 - expenses (placeholder)
> |- 510 Food (placeholder)
>   |- 511 Milk
>    - 512 Meat
> When adding a transaction I can type the account code in the transfer
> field and after a Tab GnuCash fills the account name correctly. However,
> to use this feature I have to know the account code exactly! This is not
> too realistic. More precisely, it is rather unrealistic if you have more
> than a few accounts.
> If am not sure if Milk is 511 or 512, GnuCash offers no help, because
> while typing the account code, the accounts are not listed. I would
> expect that a list of the possible accounts based on the typed account
> code appears. So when 5 is typed, "expenses" and the accounts below
> (only the first sublevel) would appear as account code - account name.
> After typing 1, so 51 is typed, Food and the accounts below would list.
> This way if I am not sure about the exact ending, I have immediate
> visual help. I do not have to touch the mouse, do not have to scroll
> through accounts, because the possible account are visible, so I can
> immediately type in the missing number. This extremely increases
> productivity in professional accounting programs, this is why I am
> looking for it in GnuCash.
> Is it possible to enable such behaviour in GnuCash? I really miss this
> feature.
> Thank you for your answers.
> Gábor
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