Using Quicken with Dropbox

I wanted my wife and myself to be able to access and update our Quicken data from 2 different computers (sharing one data file) and couldn't find a way to do it.  Quicken's online help says it cannot be done.  I explored switching from Quicken to an online alternative like Mint but couldn't find one where I liked the features.  A few months ago I found Dropbox and decided to try that.  It has done exactly what I was hoping for.  So far I have had only one instance of a file conflict (where my wife added a transaction to Quicken from her computer and the data file on my computer did not get updated before I added a transaction).  When this happened, Dropbox immediately notified me that there had been a conflict and it saved both files (one that had her transaction but not mine and one that had mine but not hers).  It was a simple process to open the other file, see the transaction she added and add it to the main file.  We normally don't add many transactions and I didn't expect to ever have a conflict like this but was pleasantly surprised with how it was handled.  I'm only posting this in case someone is looking for a multi-user (non simultaneous) way to use Quicken to let them know it works for me.


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There are other solutions.  If the Quicken program and data file reside on PC A, which is at home, and is always connnected to the internet, the higher-end versions of Windows installed on PC A support Remote Desktop which would allow laptop B to connect remotely to PC A and run Quicken remotely on PC A.  The advantage is that your data file is always in one place, on PC A.  Other solutions include programs like gotomyPC.  But if drop-box works for you, no reason to change.
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