Adding a new Currency in Microsoft Money 2005 and later

In Microsoft Money 2005, Microsoft changed the way that currencies were handled, and it not longer was possible to create new custom currencies. They did, however, provide a greatly expanded list of available currencies.

The latest versions of Money therefore can be quite restrictive if you want to use a currency which is not on the built-in list. There is, however, a workaround which allows you to use an existing currency to generate a new one.

If you go to the currencies page (tools->settings->program settings->Update currencies) you will see the currency list. Choose a currency you won't use. In the example below, I have chosen the German Mark (DM) as the currency I wish to replace with the one I need to add - the Guinea Franc (GNF). In the example, I am assuming I will never need to use this currency again.

Selecting a country/region to modify currency settings for a new custom currency

First, press the 'rename' button. This will bring up a small window which has two text boxes to allow you to specify a new name and new symbol. You can put in the new values, e.g. 'Guinea Franc' and 'GNF'.

Rename currency, specifying custom currency name and symbol

Returning to the currency list page, the new currency and symbol are listed. Note also that the 'Update exchange rate online' checkbox is deselected. You will also need to put in an exchange rate for this new currency. Not everything though, will refer to the new names, but you should be able to ignore this.

New currency settings after renaming the currency

When using Microsoft Money, you can then specify the new currency when setting up an account. (In the example below, ignore the 'Euro' line - because I chose an account which is now in the Euro (Article 282), so it is listed.)

Choosing the newly set up currency

In the account list, the exchange rate will be used to calculate the value of the account in your base currency (see Article 337 for more information on the base currency).

Category: Other

Keywords: Base, Currency, Exchange Rate, Custom