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Has anyone converted back to QuickBooks Desktop from QuickBooks Online?

After we were hit with a 25% price increase for QuickBooks Online Essentials, after having been using it for 2 years, we made the decision to go back to QuickBooks Desktop because it is more cost effective and has better reporting.  How do I create a qbb file from QuickBooks Online so that I can restore it on QuickBooks Desktop?

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Has anyone converted back to QuickBooks Desktop from QuickBooks Online?

Hi there, ItFigures,


I'm here to help convert your QuickBooks Online data to Desktop (QBDT).


There are some steps you need to perform to accomplish this task. Before proceeding, here's what you need to consider:

  • QuickBooks Online is not compatible with the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer in Windows 7. Make sure that you have the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer instead.
  • You must be logged in as an Admin user on both QuickBooks Online and Desktop for this process to work.
  • If you're having trouble installing the ActiveX control or getting error messages, see Can't install ActiveX control in Internet Explorer when exporting QuickBooks Online data.

Also, before proceeding to the migration process, you'll want to learn how data converts to the Desktop version


Move data to QBDT:


Step 1: Set up security settings in Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Set up QuickBooks Desktop for the export.

Step 3: Prepare to export your QuickBooks Online data.

Step 4: Finish exporting your data.

Step 5: Verify your info exported correctly.

Step 6: (Optional) Cancel QuickBooks Online.


Please refer to this article: Export and convert your QuickBooks Online data to QuickBooks Desktop. It includes complete details of each step outlined above. Make sure not to skip any of them to have a smooth export.


Let me know if you have follow-up questions, and I'm always around to help you out.

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