If you have issues with the performance of your QuickBooks Desktop, your company file may be the root cause.
QuickBooks' performance decreases as the size of the company file increases. There are aren't any limits on the size of your company data file. Performance issues can happen if your network can't handle large data files.
This article is Part 2 of a series on performance issues in QuickBooks Desktop and how to fix them. If these steps don't fix your issues, try the steps in Manage your computers to fix QuickBooks Desktop performance issues.
- Set Company and Personal Preferences
- Reduce the size of the company file
- Improve QuickBooks Performance
Setup Company and Personal Preferences
Automatic pop-ups in QuickBooks can cause a slow response. To avoid this, you can turn off auto pop-ups in QuickBooks. We’ll show you how.
Note: If you’re in Multi-user mode, make sure to switch to Single-user mode. Also, make sure to select Yes to save your changes before you move to the next preference.
Reduce the size of the company file
If you have a large file and performance is slow, you can reduce the size of your company file. These options can take extra time and work.
You can run the Condense Data utility to reduce the size of your file or start a new company file.
Important: If you have Assisted Payroll, check with Payroll Support before you start a new file.
If you decide to start a new company file, you have two options:
- Use the Condense Company Data utility to delete all transactions and create a copy that only has your lists.
- Create a new file from scratch. This option can take extra work and time.
- Go to File, then select New Company. Follow the wizard that appears.
- Open your original file and export your lists.
- Open the exported Intuit Interchange files (IIF) and delete any list entries you don't need.
- Import your clean files into the new file. See IIF Overview: import kit, sample files, and headers.
- Set up the opening balances.