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Areas, Activities and Access Levels

Areas and Activities are useful for editing and customizing a role in a more detailed manner. With roles, you can specify in detail what areas of QuickBooks you want certain users to access. You may give them access to an entire Area or to only certain Activities within an Area.

Here are some terms used and their corresponding definition:

Term Definition
Area An Area is defined as a group of related workflows or tasks. Areas include Accounting, Banking, Customers & Receivables, Lists, and Reports. Areas marked with ** allow unrestricted access if access levels are not changed.
Activities Activities are tasks within a given Area. For example, Activities within the Area Banking include Checks, Credit Card Accounts, Credit Card Charges, Bank Feeds, and Reconcile. Activities marked with ** allow unrestricted access if Access Levels are not changed.
Access Levels Levels include full, partial, and none.
Unrestricted Access Unrestricted access allows users to view all transactions in different reports, while searching transactions or any other activities. For example, a user without explicit permission to view Payroll information can view Payroll transactions if they have unrestricted access.

Areas and Activities

  1. Go to the Company menu, then select Users > Set Up Users and Roles...
  2. Go to the Role List tab, then select New.
    • Areas are displayed as headings.
    • Activities are displayed below their related areas.

Access Levels

When you create a role, you also assign Access Levels to each Area or Activity. The access levels are:

  • None: No access to the Area or Activity.
  • Full: Permission for complete access (view, create, modify, delete, and print) to the Area or Activity.
  • View: Permission to view all data related to the selected item.
  • Create: Permission to create new activities, entries, or transactions.
  • Modify: Permission to modify existing activities, entries, or transactions.
  • Delete: Permission to delete existing activities, entries, or transactions.
  • Print: Permission to print, email, fax, and "save as PDF."
  • View Balance: Permission to view all balances in the Chart of Accounts, Customer Centre, and Supplier Centre.
  • View Payroll Info: Permission to view payroll information listed in the employee record under the Payroll Info tab.

Icons for Access Levels

You can get a quick visual cue of the Access Levels that you've granted for each activity by looking at the icons.

User-added image

  • Full access (all green circle) - view, create, modify, delete, and print
  • Partial access (half-white, half-green circle) - combination of view, create, modify, delete, and print
  • No access (all white circle)

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