Alternatives to Printing

It's your budget. And maybe you feel like you’ve just got to have something on paper. YNAB does not have a built-in print function, but here are two solutions that will help you share your budget – whether that ends up being paper or not.

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Exporting Your Budget (Transactions, too!)

You can export your budget data in CSV format, which gives you plenty of freedom with your data. Email it to your financial advisor, stash it on a flash drive, open it in a spreadsheet program like Excel or Google Sheets, then admire it to your heart's content. (Or, if you must, print. We won't judge.)

How to Export Your Budget

  1. Click the name of your budget in the top-left corner of the app.
  2. Select Export Budget from the drop-down menu.
  3. Your budget and transaction history will export as separate CSV (comma separated value) files, which can be opened with most common spreadsheet apps.

How to Export Your Transactions

  1. In All Accounts or a specific account register, select the transactions you'd like to export.
  2. Click the name of your budget in the top-left corner.
  3. Select Export (X) Transactions from the drop-down menu.
  4. Those transactions will export as a separate CSV (comma-separated value) file or TSV (tab-separated, for currencies that use a comma), which can be opened with most common spreadsheet apps.

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    Taking Screenshots

    Graphs are pretty. Especially if you've paid off a lot of debt. You don't need a printer to save that beautiful trend-line—just take a screenshot.

    • If you're using a Mac, hold Command + Shift and hit 3 (for full screen) or 4 (for partial screen). The file will be saved to your Desktop.
    • If you're using Windows, hold down the Windows Key and hit PrtScn. The file will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

    Just like your exported budget, you can email it to your honey for a budget meeting or post it on Facebook for all your friends to admire. And, yes, you can always print the screenshot if needed!

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