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Release notes for QuickBooks Desktop 2020

Learn what’s new and improved in the latest updates to QuickBooks Desktop 2020 and Enterprise 20.0.

We update QuickBooks regularly to give you a better experience and fix issues. These release notes explain what's new and improved.

Note that each new update includes all the changes from earlier updates.

If you have automatic updates turned on, QuickBooks will download updates for you. But you can check for updates manually at any time.

Release 5 (R5) - December 2019

What's important about Release 5?

  • Enhanced Advanced Inventory features
  • 2020 Payroll Compliance (including Tax Table 11030003)
Enhanced Advanced Inventory Features 
  • Provide an efficient, cost-effective order fulfillment process using the Pack-Ship workflow to help fuel productivity through improved accuracy and order turnaround time. Includes capability for Android mobile application to handle warehouse operations of pick, pack, express pick-pack and receive.
  • Ability to track all order statuses on a single dashboard that will help you stay on top of relevant order information and updates.
  • Improved Pick process via batch selection of orders that helps create all pick-lists in at one time.

See Use the Sales Order Fulfillment Worksheet

  • Cycle count:

Helps to track inventory in a way that will helps reduce pilferage & costs while improving accuracy. It also comes with an integrated mobile experience.

See Cycle Count in Advanced Inventory

Landed cost v2 (QBES)
  • Have the flexibility to calculate landed costs for transactions under closed accounting period as well.
  • Added the option to use COGS account for Landed cost calculation in addition to Other Current Asset account type.
  • Added the option to choose the print bill functionality with or without Landed cost.
  • You can filter Shipping and Handling bills using the bill status.
Preview PDF attachment with email 
  • QuickBooks now automatically shows a preview of the email attachments.
CA Payroll tax compliance
  • Payroll has been updated to ensure continued compliance with Canada payroll tax laws.



Release 4 (R4) November 2019

What's important about Release R4?

  • All changes in this release are to internal systems and have no impact on the user experience.

What's important about Release R3?

  • Ability to collapse columns in reports with jobs and sub-classes
Payment Reminders
  • Automated payment reminders can now be combined into a single email for customers
Other updates
  • Updated to comply with new Gmail requirements
  • QuickBooks 2020 is now compatible with Microsoft Office 2019
  • Improvements to the user experience for activating payments
Bug Fixes
  • Corrected help links for landed cost (QBES)
  • Fixed issue with item warning message when class is not assigned (when prompt for assigning classes is turned on)
  • Resolved QuickBooks crash when linking a merchant account to the company file
  • Fixed the Service Messages unavailable error in Update Now option
  • Can now enter up to 400 Ship to addresses via QuickBooks

Here's what's new in this release:

Bug Fixes
  • Exporting a large report to Excel now supports more than 256 columns.
  • Fixed exception handling issue when selecting the Statement Writer "Cancel" button.
  • Performance enhancements for FIFO enabled company files (especially effective for large company files).
  • Resolved issue where you had difficulties resizing the reports window when using multi-monitor mode with a vertical monitor.
  • QuickBooks will now correctly install without internet connection.
  • You can now modify a contact after converting a lead into a customer.
  • Clicking back on Self-Help window now takes you back to the previous page, not the primary search screen.
  • Resolved issue where you were unable to send general journal entries from QuickBooks.

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