This manual’s goal is to save you time. It will get you started
GnuCash as quickly as possible.
Each chapter follows a simple format. A chapter begins with a “Concepts” discussion which introduces general themes and terminology, addressed and used within that chapter. “How-To” sections, which address specific procedures follow. Finally, a “Putting It All Together” section ends the chapter by giving detailed, concrete examples.
Beginning users will find the “Concepts” sections very helpful. They provide a reference for good ways to track your finances, and serve as a general introduction to financial background and terminology. Experienced users can flip to the “How-To” sections to quickly scan procedures. These sections provide to-the-point steps for accomplishing specific tasks. The “Putting It All Together” sections present real-world examples in the form of a tutorial. Beginning with creation of a file in Chapter 2, The Basics, each successive chapter builds on the previous chapter’s tutorial.
This manual is organized into 3 main parts:
Managing Your Personal Finances
Managing Your Business Finances.
Getting Started provides you with the most
basic information needed to begin using
GnuCash. Use this part as a
quick-start guide. Its chapters will get you up and running:
Managing Your Personal Finances addresses
common applications and features of
GnuCash in greater detail. You will
see more specific cases, based on frequently asked questions about
GnuCash to everyday situations. Here are the applications and
features covered in this part:
Managing Your Business Finances discusses the
GnuCash in business accounting:
This manual also has an appendix, which contains extra information you might want to know:
Last, but not least, a glossary and index help you quickly locate topics.