Learn about the maximum number of list entries you can make in QuickBooks Desktop.
List entries help you to better manage your company data. Using them to keep track of things like customers, vendors, services, inventory items, and non-inventory items. Each type of list can have up to four levels of child accounts and an unlimited number of child accounts under a parent account.
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List limits for QuickBooks Desktop for Windows
Here’s the max amount of entries you can have for each list in QuickBooks Desktop for Windows. If you’re missing a list type, it’s because some of these are only available in newer versions of QuickBooks Desktop for Windows.
|List name||Max number of entries (Pro, Premier)||Max number of entries (Enterprise)|
|Chart of Accounts||10,000||100,000|
|Total names: Employees, Customers, Vendors, and Other Names combined||14,500 (individual limits of each list is 10,500)||>100,000|
|Items, including inventory items (group items can contain only 20 individual items)||14,500||>100,000|
|Items in an inventory assembly or sub-assembly||100||500|
|Terms for receivables and payables||10,000||10,000|
|Ship To addresses||10,000||100,000|
|Sales Tax Codes||10,000||10,000|
|Group Items & Sales Tax Group Items||50||50|
|Advanced Inventory Sites||N/A||1,000,000|
|Advanced Pricing Price Rules||N/A||100,000|
|Contacts||No limit||No limit|
Item custom field
Customers/Vendors/Employees custom fields
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 17.0 and later versions allow you to add up to one million names (customers, vendors, employees) and up to one million items (for example, inventory, non-inventory, and service items). Some performance degradation is likely as your lists approach these size thresholds.
To check list size in QuickBooks Desktop, press the F2 key or Ctrl+1 and review the List Information section or the File Size in the File Information section of the window.
For custom fields, the table provides totals that are a combination of the allowable custom fields for customers, vendors, and employees:
- Pro/Premier: There is a total of 15 custom fields, but you cannot have more than 7 per category (for example, 7 custom fields for customers, 7 for vendors, and 1 for employee)
- Enterprise Solutions: There is a total of 30 custom fields, but you cannot have more than 12 per category (for example, 12 custom fields for customers, 12 for vendors, and 6 for employee)
List limit for QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Here’s the max amount of entries you can have for each list in QuickBooks Desktop for Mac. If you’re missing a list type, it’s because some of these are only in newer versions of QuickBooks.
|List name||Max number of entries|
|Chart of Accounts||10,000|
|Items, including inventory items|
(Group items can only contain 20 individual items)
|A/R Terms and A/P Terms added together||10,000|
|Names added together (Employees, Customers, Vendors, and Other Names)||14,500|
Names added together: Any one of these lists can contain up to 10,000 names but they cannot exceed 14,500 combined.
QuickBooks Desktop is designed for small to mid-sized businesses. The ideal use of QuickBooks Desktop is to keep at least two years of detailed transactions in a company data file so that you can compare reports and have prior-year project information.
The rate of growth of QuickBooks Desktop company data files varies significantly from company to company. There is no "average" or "typical" data file size since businesses track different information.