layout and formatting problems with 2.6.14

David T. sunfish62 at
Sun Oct 23 06:22:08 EDT 2016


Renumbering your accounts so that they match the alphabetic sequence isn’t always possible, expecially if your jurisdiction designates the codes to use. 

Similarly, renaming them arbitrarily so that they sort alphabetically into a preferred order is counter-productive—unless you were intending that the OP incorporate the account code into the account name thusly: "1000 - Assets,” "2000 - Liabilities” etc. However, this approach would make the addition, deletion, and modification of account codes rather cumbersome.

The third option is the best, although this has had problems in past versions of GnuCash, specifically when the account code was the first column in the COA.


> On Oct 23, 2016, at 2:09 PM, Fred Bone <Fred.Bone at> wrote:
> On 22 October 2016 at 13:51, Barnabooth said:
>> I installed Gnucash 2.6.14 this week, with the intention of retiring
>> Simply Accounting. The reason for this was that SA obliged me to own a
>> computer running Windows which was growing increasingly inconvenient.
>> I have managed to set up my chart of accounts (many thanks to this page:
>> s-examples-toplevel2) so, so far, so good. But before proceeding further I
>> would like to eliminate minor niggles if possible (neither is a
>> deal-breaker).
>> 1)  I created each Account with an account code (eg, Assets is 1000,
>> Liabilities is 2000, Equity 3000, Revenue 4000, Expenses 5000) and
>> sub-accounts have numbers within those ranges (eg, Petty Cash is 1050).
>> Unfortunately in the account window they appear out of order: although
>> Assets tops the list as expected, the list continues with Equity, then
>> Expenses, then Liability, then Revenue. Oddly enough, if I go to
>> Reports>Income and Expenses>Trial Balance the accounts appear in the
>> correct order.
>> 2) Looking at the Trial Balance window, the formatting is a bit off: The
>> heading "Debit" appears between the column of account names and the column
>> of debits, and the heading "Credit" appears between the two columns of
>> entries. This holds true if the trial balance is down-loaded as a PDF.
>> Is there a way to correct these niggles? 
> 1) Three possibilities:
> a. Renumber your accounts so that Equity is 2000, Expenses 3000, etc.
> b. Rename the top-level accounts so the names are in the order you 
> prefer.
> c. Sort the Accounts display on account code (it defaults to account 
> name).
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