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Quick Start with a QuickBooks Desktop Expert

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Are you just starting out with QuickBooks Desktop and don’t know where to begin? Well, you’re in luck because I’m here with my friend Keoni, a T2/Next Level Help QuickBooks Accountant Specialist, that will walk you though some tips and tricks. But first, let’s get to know him a little bit more.
Keoni is an expert in all things QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Desktop Payroll, QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Online Payroll, Payments, Data Services, AI Data Analytics, and QuickBooks Accountant. His work now revolves around supporting his frontline peers and he dedicates his time to sharing his knowledge with these experts in order to help empower them to support our customers in the best manner possible.  It is people like Keoni that help continue pushing Customer Support in the right direction!
Let’s take a look at his top 3 tips when it comes to getting started with QuickBooks Desktop.

Tip 1: Check the specs and store the file in a good location.

Before jumping straight to downloading your product, you’ll first want to take a look at the system requirements recommended for the version of QuickBooks you are intending to use. This can help avoid a lot of mishaps when it comes to installing, latency, data damage, and more.
You can check out these requirements depending on your version here:
Once you have ensured your computer is prepared to support QuickBooks Desktop, make sure you place your file in a safe location on your computer. We recommend somewhere on your C:Drive. If you intend to share your file out so others can use it, familiarize yourself with the different Hosting Types. From there we have a guide on setting up Multi-User Mode so you can share your file(s) to peers without troubles.
If you have these initial things checked, then you are already ahead of the game!


Tip 2: Make sure you have your users and permissions sorted out and assigned.

In QuickBooks Desktop you will have 3 potential locations to manage your users within a file. Knowing the difference between the user types and locations to manage them is key to success.


Tip 3: Take your time and go through the Company Preferences in your file.

When it comes to your Company preferences, there will be various settings to go over and test out, so it’s important to take your time and sort through these.
My best piece of advice to you is to be careful when it comes to turning on certain preferences. Some of the preferences cannot be turned off once turned on, so my suggestion for you is to open a test company first so you can test run any of those preferences before turning them on. You will have access to toggling options for the different types of transactions you plan to use, inventory tracking, and more!
Some popular settings we are frequently asked about are: Time Format (Decimal vs Minutes), Default Report Basis (Cash vs Accrual), and Send Forms (Email Setup to send out transactions).
Quick Note: If you have payroll, make sure to use the Payroll Setup and Payroll Checkup!
You can navigate to your company settings by going to the Edit tab in the top tool bar, clicking on Preferences, and then selecting General. You are now good to start browsing!

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That’s all for today. If you follow these 3 tips when getting started with your QuickBooks Desktop account, I can assure you that you will be well on your way to a successful start. I hope this was helpful and as always, please feel free to reach out here in the community for any questions!  

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