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StartingFresh
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I have a .qbw file from QB Desktop that I don't have access to. I need to import it to QB Online for Mac. QB Desktop for Mac does not offer a free trial. HELP!

 
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MaryLandT
QuickBooks Team

I have a .qbw file from QB Desktop that I don't have access to. I need to import it to QB Online for Mac. QB Desktop for Mac does not offer a free trial. HELP!

Good day, StartingFresh,

 

You'd be happy to know that there's a trial you can download for QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) for Mac. Just choose between these two links below so you can import data to QuickBooks Online (QBO).

However, your .qbw file is from QBDT for Windows. What you need to do is convert the file to Mac (.dmg) so you can restore and import it. 

 

Use this link: Download a trial of QuickBooks Desktop to get the trial version for Windows.

 

Before importing, there are several things you need to consider:

  • You can only convert your data within the first 60 days of your QBO company start date.
  • When you convert, your Desktop file will replace your Online file and overwrite any existing information.
  • Don't convert your file if you've already turned on Payroll in QBO.
  • Your QuickBooks file must be under 350,000 targets (file size doesn't matter).
  • If you're over the 350,000 target limit, you'll only be given the option to import your lists and/or balances.
  • Inventory can only be imported from QBDT for Windows.
  • If you want to import your inventory, save your company file as a QBDT for Windows file, open it on a Windows computer, then import using the latest version of QuickBooks for Windows.
  • There is  some information that may not be imported when you move from Desktop to Online.
  • If you receive any errors while importing, you can fix errors when converting to QuickBooks Online.

To import data:

  1. Open the QuickBooks Desktop for Mac company file.
  2. Go to the File menu, then select Export to QuickBooks Online.
  3. Sign in to your existing QBO account.
  4. Click OK, got it.
  5. QuickBooks imports your data.
  6. You'll receive an email confirmation once importing is done.
  7. Confirmation can take up to 24 hours.

Keep me posted if you have follow-up questions and I'll get back to you.

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