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Convert QB2016 to Windows QBW

We have a Mac Quickbooks (.qb2016) file that was recovered from a damaged drive. We no longer have acces sto a Mac to open this file. Is there a utility we can download to covert the .QB2016 to .QBW so we can open it in Windows

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Convert QB2016 to Windows QBW

Hi @VNUser,


The conversion process of a QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) for Mac company file requires the QBDT for Mac itself.


You'll have to look for a Mac system to start the process. If you no longer have an installer for QBDT for Mac 2016, you can download a trial version from this page: Downloads & Updates


When you're ready, the first thing you need to do is remove any memos longer than 50 characters, or those that contain special characters. 


Here's how:


  1. Go to the Reports menu.
  2. Select Custom Transaction Detail Report.
  3. Choose All Dates.
  4. Double-click a transaction with a memo to open it. 
  5. Delete the special characters from the memo field, then hit Save.
  6. Close the transaction.
  7. Repeat the same steps above for all other transactions.
  8. Re-sort your lists.
  9. Run the Verify and Rebuild tools on your company file.

To continue, see this article: Convert a QuickBooks for Mac file to QuickBooks for Windows. Scroll down to Step 3: Convert your company file.


I'll leave this article here in case you encounter any errors during the conversion process: Error: QuickBooks is not able to convert your Mac file to a Windows file


Tell me if you have other questions about this conversion process in the comments below. I'll get back to you as soon as I can. 

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

Convert QB2016 to Windows QBW


Which QBD (Windows) year version do have to open the file? 

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