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Add project estimate summaries to a progress invoice in QuickBooks Online

SOLVEDby QuickBooksQuickBooks Online80Updated November 29, 2022

Learn how to add estimates to your progressive invoices in QuickBooks Online.

If you do projects for customers and bill them as you go using progress invoicing, you can include an estimate summary on their invoices. This keeps your customers in the loop and lets them know how much they’ve spent on their projects.

Note: This option isn't available yet for the new estimate and invoice experience. Find out which experience you have and how to switch between the two.

Step 1: Turn on progress invoicing

If you haven't already, turn on progress invoicing. After you turn it on, QuickBooks automatically creates a template for progress invoicing and sets it as the default.

Step 2: Turn on estimate summary

Turn on the estimate summary setting on the template you want to use for progress invoicing.

  1. Go to Settings ⚙, then select Custom form styles.
  2. On the template you use for progress invoicing, select Edit.
  3. Select the Content tab, then select Edit on the third section of the form.
  4. Select the Estimate summary checkbox, then select Done.

Step 3: Add estimate summaries to invoices

When the customer approves the estimates you’ve created, you can start to add them to their invoice. The customers can view the summary of the estimates when you send or print their invoice.

  1. Go to + New, then Invoice.
  2. From the Customer dropdown, select the customer you created an estimate for.
  3. From the Add to Invoice section, select Add on the estimate you want to add to the invoice.
  4. Select the option on how much you want to invoice, then select Copy to invoice.
  5. Select Customize, then select the template you use for progress invoicing.
  6. Select Save.

Use a different template for your progress invoices

You can set a default template for your regular invoices, then use a different template for your progress invoices. When you create a new invoice, select Customize, then select the template you want to use for progress invoices.

Set your default template

If you mostly send progress invoices, then you can keep using the new default template. But if not, here’s how you can set a different one.

  1. Go to Settings ⚙, then select Custom form styles.
  2. Look for the form template you want to use as the default.
  3. Select the dropdown, then select Make default.

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