User manual

  1. How to start?
  2. Recording changes
  3. Searching
  4. Export data to Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice
  5. Keeping your data safe
  6. Importing data from Quicken Home Inventory

How to start?

  • Add your main locations: house, flat, office, etc.
  • Add sub-locations: rooms, attic, basement, garage, yard
  • Add items

It is very useful to prepare photos of items. Easiest way is to take a digital camera with you and take shots (or use scanner to scan regular photos). To work faster through it, you can have multiple items in a single photo - the software has the option to cut out a piece you need using the Crop option:

Screenshot - cropping the image

If you have boxes in attic or basement, or you're moving, it's a good idea to label the boxes (ex. box1, box2, box3...) and keep track which item is in which box. Later when you need something, you can easily locate in which box is it, so you don't have to open half of them to find the item:

Screenshot - adding a box

Recording changes

  • When you borrow stuff to someone, record it [Changes and Notes screen]
  • When you have expenses like maintenance or upgrade, add those as well
  • If you move item permanently from one to another location, move it in program as well [Move button]
  • If you don't have some items anymore, you can either add a note that you sold it, or delete it from database. Deleting item only moves it to the Recycle Bin. When you delete it from there it is removed permanently.
Changes and notes screen


Looking for something in particular? Search is very powerful and searches for entered text in all items' properties. Most of the things are easier to recognize visually, so it's a good idea to switch to thumbnail view when searching:

Search visually with thumbnail view

Export data to Excel or OpenOffice

You can export all item data in CSV format. If you want to load data in Excel or OpenOffice make sure you select CSV format. Program exports all data that is shown in the list. If you wish to export everything select My Locations and turn off any search you have started, so that list contains all the items. The same applies to printing: program will only print items in the list, so make sure whatever you want to print or export is shown there.

Exporting data to Excel or OpenOffice

Keeping your data safe

It's a good idea to do backups of your database periodically [Database->Backup menu] The program stores the entire backup in a single file, even your photos get in there, so you should just copy that one file to some safe place: for example, you can burn it to CD or send to some trusted friend or a family member.

Backing up the database

Importing data from Quicken Home Inventory

Since version 2.00, Attic Manager has an option to import locations, categories, items and images from Quicken Home Inventory and Quicken Classic. This option is found in Database menu. For more information, please read the Quicken Import Guide.