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Trouble exporting reports

Hi all,

Need help as we're having a trouble exporting reports.

We are getting a excessive column error when our report has less than the max.

Error happens quite frequently but usually fixes it self after a couple of QB restarts.

See screenshot.


Thank you.

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QuickBooks Team

Trouble exporting reports

Thanks for including a screenshot, @passworddude. Let me impart details on why you encountered this error message and provide some troubleshooting steps to resolve it.


The following are some of the reasons for this error message and why you cannot export the current worksheet:


  • There is a problem with the report or the data file itself
  • QuickBooks versions and MS Office are not compatible
  • QuickBooks installations and MS Office are damaged


You may check the compatibility of MS Office depending on your QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) version:  



If everything is compatible, you'll want to complete and save your other worksheets first before exporting the report. Then, close the Excel program through the Task Manager section. It may be running in the background or several times, and that's why this unexpected behavior occurs. Let me guide you on how:


  1. Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys.
  2. Choose Task manager.
  3. From the Processes tab in the dialog, select all the running Excel programs.
  4. Click the End task button at the bottom right of the dialog.
  5. Reopen QuickBooks and export the report once again.


If you get the same outcome, reboot your computer to shut down all programs that are likely to use up memory. Once your computer restarts, open QuickBooks before starting any other program and export the report to Excel.


Furthermore, you can follow Steps 3-5 of this article if the problem continues: Fix export to Excel issues in QuickBooks Desktop.


Additionally, you can use this article to save reports in QuickBooks if you want the same settings as the customized report to be available for future use: Create, access, and modify memorized reports.


I'm all ears and ready to provide further support with exporting your reports and anything else you need help with. Just leave your reply below, and I'll be right with you.

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