Smash tax time, with our once a year EOFY sale!
Get started from $2*
Need help choosing a plan?
Created with Sketch. 1800 917 771 Schedule a call
Need help?
We're here for you.
Schedule call
Created with Sketch.
Image Alt Text
product update

Looking for something? Our Search is super

At Intuit, we know time is money for small businesses so we’ve ensured that in QuickBooks, finding the information you need is fast and easy and in fact, ease of use and speed were two things small biz users in a recent survey said they loved about QuickBooks Online.

Here, our global Search element is key to helping you locate transactions. First, let’s cover the basics…

Basic Search

You can search any time you want by hitting the magnifying glass icon which is always available via the top navbar.


The Basic search allows you to find transaction(s) quickly using a single piece of criteria. If there is only one search result, the transaction is “opened” in the appropriate page. If more than one result is returned, then the results are displayed on the Advanced Search page, where further critiquing to the search criteria can be completed.

The following three types of searches can be executed as part of the Basic Search:

  1. Transaction Date Basic Search: If the search value is in date format, then transactions that have dates equal (=) to the value are returned. For example, in Australia, dd/mm/yyyy (25/12/2013) or d/m/yy (2/1/14)
  2. Transaction Amount Basic Search: If the search value starts with the currency symbol or contains a decimal point “.”, then transactions that have amounts equal (=) to the value are returned. For example, in Australia, $## ($100) or ##.# (100.00 or 100.)
  3. Transaction/Reference Number Basic Search: For any other basic search value, then transactions that have Transaction/Reference containing (~) the value are returned. For example: 1001, 100-1, inv-001

Need something more advanced? We got you.

Advanced Search:

For the times you need a more detailed search we have built an Advanced Search, accessible from the Basic Search box via a link below the search box. The Advanced Search can be completed across “All Transactions”, “All Transaction Lines” or a specific transaction type based on your role and QuickBooks version.


Depending on the type of Advanced Search, different transaction fields can be used as criteria. For the “All Transaction Lines” & “Journal Entities” search types, line-item fields have been added in places to enable a more entity centric search. For example, when using a “All Transaction Lines” search, the “Line Amount” has been added to help locate a specific transaction line. This is every useful when trying to find a specific Journal Entry.

Each field has a specific set of operations (e.g. equal (=), contains (~), greater-than (>), less-than (<), etc.) that are deemed appropriate for the field. Convenience operations for Date & facilitated value entry for Names (Customers, Suppliers and/or Employees), Accounts & Items/Services are supplied to enable ease of use. Each Advance Search can have from 0-3 pieces of criteria that are “AND”ed together to help narrow the results of a search.

For more on Range searches (performed on date and numeric fields to help refine a search) and other advanced search options, read on here.

Advanced Search Results

Most search types return transaction level values in a grid where the results can be further refined or can be used in different ways (e.g. sorting, paging, printing & exporting to Excel). For the “All Transaction Lines” & “Journal Entity” search types, line item values are returned in the grid, so the proper line-item can be identified more quickly. Clicking on the a result row will open the transaction in the appropriate page. If a Contact name is clicked on, the user will be navigated to a contact centric page.

The advanced search result grid (and most grids within the new QuickBooks) has the following features:

  • The results can be sorted by enabled columns by clicking on the column’s header (1)
  • When more than one page of results is returned, the results can be paged through by clicking on the icons on the bottom right corner of the grid (2)
  • The results can be printed by clicking on the printer icon on the top right corner of the grid (3)
  • The results can be exported to Excel by clicking on the export icon on the top right corner of the grid (4)
  • The result columns presented can be altered by clicking on the settings icon on the top right corner of the grid (5)

Want to share your own insights about searching or ask a question? Get in touch with us via Twitter @QuickBooksAU!

Related Articles

Looking for something else?

Get QuickBooks

Smart features made for your business. We've got you covered.

Help Me Choose

Use our product selector to find the best accounting software for you.

QuickBooks Support

Get help with QuickBooks. Find articles, video tutorials, and more.

Stay up-to-date with the latest small business insights and trends!

Sign up for our quarterly newsletter and receive educational and interesting content straight to your inbox.

Want more? Visit our tools and templates!

By signing up you are agreeing to our terms and privacy policy.

A happy small business owner signing up for the QuickBooks newsletter on laptop