I don't see any way to make that choice stick either. But the next best thing would be to click on the Balance column header, which groups all your open balances and puts them at the top of the list (or bottom, depending on which direction you sort).
If you save current desktop in preferences, when you re-open QB, the list will remain in this sort order.
How can I set up the vendor centre to default to vendor with open balances
QuickBooks helps you keep track of your vendors in a way that's simple and efficient. I know how important it is to be able to review vendors with open balances, and I can see why you'd like this information displayed in the vendor centre. I'd be happy to explain your options in the vendor centre, as well as a helpful report you can review.
At this time, the option to customize the vendor centre to show only vendors with open balances isn't available. The great thing is that there's two alternative ways to review this information. I'll explain below.
The first workaround option is to select the Balances tab from your vendor list. Clicking the drop-down arrow will re-order the vendors, showing vendors with open balances first in the list. This won't filter out all active vendors, but it will display the information you're looking for at the top.
Here's a screenshot so you know what I'm referring to:
Alternatively, you can run a report that will display open balances. Here's how:
Reports > Vendors & Payables > Unpaid Bills Detail. You can also select the A/P Aging Summary Report.
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