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dLearned
Level 5

Can you open a QBD file without the desktop software?

We used to use QBD, and now use QBO.

 

The files were never properly transferred.  Now several years later, for audit purposes, we need to see what is actually in those old qbd files.  Is there a way to open the files without an installation of QBD?  Can they be "viewed" without uploading them into QBO?

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Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

Can you open a QBD file without the desktop software?

Utilize the trial version for QBD 2022 to open your file.

dLearned
Level 5

Can you open a QBD file without the desktop software?

I have downloaded the trial version, but when I try to open the file, it requires a password.  

The person that created the backup is no longer with the company, and the password for our QBO does not work.  Is there a way to do a recovery?

MadelynC
Moderator

Can you open a QBD file without the desktop software?

I’ll help you handle this so you can open this QBD file, @dLearned.


QuickBooks uses security measures to safeguard your company’s data. Also, know that QuickBooks Online credentials will only work if the user’s name and password are the same as your QuickBooks Desktop login.


If you can get his password, you have the option to reset it. This way, you’ll be able to log in using your own credentials when opening the file. I’m glad to show you the steps.

 

  1. Log in to the company file using his password.
  2. Once you open it, go to the Company menu.
  3. Scroll down to Set Up Users and Passwords.
  4. Click Change Your Password.
  5. Enter your password.
  6. Select a challenge question and provide an answer.
  7. Press OK.


For more information about recovering passwords, check out this guide: Reset your password for QuickBooks Desktop.


On the other hand, if the person is no longer reachable, you’ll want to contact our support team to assist you further. Our phone and chat representatives have enough tools to get the file open.


I’ve added this article that contains information on how to view the available data from the said file: Understand reports.


Don’t hold back to drop a comment if you have any other questions or concerns besides accessing the QBDT file. I’ll be here to help. Take care always!

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

Can you open a QBD file without the desktop software?

@dLearned 

You can purchase a 3d party password reset service.

 

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