How to adjust the opening balance to match a statement in Quicken

How to adjust the opening balance to match a statement in Quicken

With Quicken if you are unable to reconcile your Quicken account with your paper statement then there might be the possibilities that the opening balances do not agree. So, to know more about opening balance in Quicken you have to go through the whole article.

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  • Reconcile as far as you can and then click Done.
  • And if an opening balance difference is there to resolve then Quicken asks for your permission whether you want to make your totals agree with your bank statement. 

You can choose from the following options:

  • You need to click Adjust to let Quicken make a change to your opening balance.
  • After that click Cancel in order to return to reconciliation. And then try to resolve the differences.

Steps to adjust the opening balance to match the statement are as follows:

First-time reconciliation

If you are reconciling for the first time, in that case, Quicken uses the opening balance transaction amount in your checking register as the Bank Statement Opening Balance in the Reconcile Bank Statement window. At the time of setting up the account, you may have entered a balance that was possibly different from the actual amount in your bank account. Probably transactions are missing from your Quicken account that affects the balance.

In case you have reconciled at least once before

Let’s understand this by taking an example. Suppose it’s July and you have recorded your transactions from May itself and after that reconciled your account for May/June.

After that, you went back and recorded transactions starting in January. And then you’ll notice that the ending balance in the register was incorrect after entering these transactions. So you update the date and amount of the original opening balance transaction that there is the record for Quicken in your register when you set up your account in May.

If you changed a previously reconciled transaction

In case if you have inadvertently changed or deleted a transaction that already had an R in the Clr field.

Quicken always seeks permission to confirm a change to a previously reconciled transaction.

And, if you have already ruled out other possible errors then you probably should continue with reconciliation and have Quicken record an adjustment transaction when reconciliation is complete.

In case you skipped previous months’ statements

If you have started reconciling with a current statement but you didn’t reconcile statements of each of the previous months.

Note: It is advised that you should reconcile one month at a time, starting with the earliest month. In case, you don’t have time for this then you can also allow Quicken to enter an adjustment for you.

Following are the steps to fix error Quicken Account Balance Incorrect

Quicken Account Balance Incorrect: If you found the Quicken account balance incorrect, you need to correct the balance for an account quickly by first clicking on the account name in the column present on the left-hand side of the main iBank window. Now go to Account and then select Adjust Balance and enter the proper current balance for the account. Click Ok.

You can also edit the date of the Balance Adjust Transaction once you entered the Balance Adjust transaction so that it appears at the beginning of your account in iBank.

The credit card accounts should appear in iBank with a negative balance, indicating money you owe. The credit card accounts should appear in iBank with the negative balance, indicating money you owe. Although a positive balance in a credit card account would be an indication of an overpayment.


This procedure will help you in fixing your Quicken account that shows the quicken account balance incorrect. You can also take help from Quicken Support to fix this issue. When Quicken account balance is incorrect at that time also you may face the issue which is for not showing the balance in Quicken Essentials for Mac. Our technical experts are always available to help you in fixing your issue. Just follow these step-by-step process to fix the issue.

Important steps to show a running Balance in Quicken Essentials for Mac

  • Initially, you need to click on the Reset Filters button.
  • It is fine if it won’t look like anything happens.
  • Now, click on the Date column header.
  • You need to check whether it shows the oldest transactions at the top and the newest transactions at the bottom.
  • In case if it doesn’t then click the Date column header again.
  • And finally, your balance should now appear.


As we have discussed above all the steps regarding opening balance to match the statement in Quicken. And if you need any further assistance then you can contact our Quicken Support team. You can also dial our toll-free number 8888839555.

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