QuickBooks essentials

What are items? What’s a Chart of Accounts? Can I use my QuickBooks file to track my business and personal finances? (Answer: Not a good idea.) QuickBooks Essentials is where you find all of this out. These articles and videos talk about the nuts and bolts of using QuickBooks.

Most recent articles

QuickBooks Windows vs. Mac: What’s the difference?

If you've switched from QuickBooks for Windows to QuickBooks for Mac, you've probably noticed some differences. QuickBooks for Mac is built as a Mac product from the ground up, so the interface elements will be familiar if you've used other Mac … [Read more...]

QuickMath, the QuickBooks calculator

Does this sound familiar? You’re paying several bills from one vendor with a single check. You could go to Caculator on your Mac and add them up, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could do that right in QuickBooks? Well, you can do that. It’s called … [Read more...]

Progress invoicing in QuickBooks for Mac 2011 and earlier

Editor's note: This is the manual process for progress invoicing you can do for Quickbooks for Mac 2011 and earlier. If you have QuickBooks for Mac 2012, then you can use the new progress invoicing feature. Progress invoicing, or “progress … [Read more...]

Finding the command you need

"Where is that Receive Items command? I can't ever remember." Like other Mac products, the Help menu in QuickBooks has a search feature that finds commands in the application's menus. All you do is go to the Help menu and in the Search box, … [Read more...]

List damage: Symptoms and cures

QuickBooks for Mac keeps all the individual records for your customer jobs, vendors, employees, other names, accounts, and items in lists—the master Name list, the chart of accounts, and the item list. Occasionally, a list may become damaged. If you … [Read more...]

Keeping up with the details: custom fields for items

In a small business, details make all the difference. In QuickBooks for Mac, custom fields let you add details to items you buy and sell, and then use those details to create customized purchase orders, estimates, invoices, and other forms. The … [Read more...]

Getting personal with custom fields

by Liz Hamill Scott As a small business owner, you already know that a personal touch can mean the difference between a great profit year and a mediocre break-even season. With custom fields, QuickBooks can help you track those personal details … [Read more...]

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