Good to see you here in the Community, @tcburns62.
To answer you question, yes. You can activate the QuickBooks Online (QBO) simple start version so you can open your company file.
If you'd like, you can use the free 30-day trial to to access and export your data file from QBO. To get the free trial service, you can check this link: Select the plan that works for your small business.
Once done, you can now import your QBO data to QBDT using the Intuit Interchange Format (IIF) format.
To learn more about the lists and transactions you can import into QBDT, you can check the articles below:
Please know that I'm just a post away if you have additional questions about importing and exporting data. Have a good day ahead!
It isn't clear to me that you answered the question from JanyRoseB and I have th same question. In my case, the company is using QB Desktop Pro. I would very much like to switch to Online. But, I need to convince the owner that if he doesn't like the Online version we can easily switch back. I have not seen confirmation that this is true. So, to say it clearly: Can we move the company information (everything) from the Online Version to the Desktop Version? Or does it only work to move from DT to Online?
Yes, the conversion between QuickBooks Online (QBO) and QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) goes both ways.
You'll need to have both Internet Explorer and QuickBooks Desktop running as administrator. To do so, right-click on both icons, then select Run as administrator. Ensure your QBDT doesn't have any company file open.
Next, log in to your QBO company. We can start to export your company data from here.
Additional details on the whole export process are found in this article: Export your QuickBooks Online data to QuickBooks Desktop.
You can also take a look at this article before and after you export your QBO company file to QBDT:
Limitations when you convert from QuickBooks Online to QuickBooks Desktop. Here you can see a list of things to take note before attempting the process, as well as a list of things that aren't included during the export from QBO.
I'll be around in case you have additional queries. Post them below, and I'll get back to you.
Keep in mind, once you have migrated to QBO , some informations are not converted due to the limitation of features in QBO. So when you switched back to QBD, you will see the difference with your old data. Should you only need to work online, you can deploy a private cloud solution for your QuickBooks Pro. You may keep using QuickBooks by LAN and interner connection.