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How do I change company name that appears when opening a previous company from the "File" dropdown in the top left?

When I initially set up some of my new companies, I used a company name that I now want to edit/change. I have changed everything to reflect correctly within the company file (under "My Company," but it still shows as the original company name that was setup when I go to open a previous company/switch between companies. Is there a way I can edit the name in the dropdown "Open Previous Company" under "File?"

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Re: How do I change company name that appears when opening a previous company from the "File" dropdown in the top left?

You're seeing the file name.  Change that in the file open dialog or Windows Explorer.

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Re: How do I change company name that appears when opening a previous company from the "File" dropdown in the top left?

I am not the original poster, but I have the same question. 
I have 3 company files in Quickbooks. I want to change the name of one of my company files.
I changed the name of  that ONE file using Windows Explorer. I then go back into Quickbooks, and click on FILE/OPEN PREVIOUS COMPANY, but the OLD name of the company is still listed. If I click on that OLD name, I get a popup that says "The company file you selected cannot be found". How do I get the NEW FILENAME to show up so that I can open it and work with it?

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Re: How do I change company name that appears when opening a previous company from the "File" dro...

QuickBooks is unable to recognize the new file name, JMattero.

 

For the software to recognize it, we'll have to set QuickBooks to use the new name.

 

Here's how:

  1. Go to QuickBooks File menu.
  2. Click Edit list, and remove the old name from the list, then click Ok.
  3. Click Open or restore an existing company.
  4. Open the company file in its location.
  5. Follow the on screen instruction.

You can also check this article: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/community/Help-Articles/Rename-your-QuickBooks-Desktop-company-file/m-...

 

 

If you have further concerns, feel free to comment below.

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Re: How do I change company name that appears when opening a previous company from the "File" dro...

Sorry for the very long delay in responding, and thank you for your previous answer.

Today, I was able to follow the directions, and change the name of the company file, and was able to open it successfully. However, now, when I click on Open Previous Company, both the old name and the new name show up on that menu. Is there a way to get rid of the old name from that menu?

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Re: How do I change company name that appears when opening a previous company from the "File" dro...

Sorry for the very long delay in responding, and thank you for your previous answer.
Today, I followed the directions, and was able to change the name of the company, and was also able to open it successfully. However, when I click on "Open Previous Company", the menu that comes up lists both the old name and the new name. Is there a way to delete the old name from that menu?

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Re: How do I change company name that appears when opening a previous company from the "File" dro...

Good to see you again here in the Community, JMattero.

Allow me to take over and help you delete the old company name from the QuickBooks menu. Let me show you how to get started.

 

Deleting the old company name in the QuickBooks menu is quick and easy.

 

Here's how:

 

  1. On your QuickBooks Desktop screen, click File and choose Close Company.
  2. Click Edit List.
  3. Choose the old company name and hit OK.

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Or you can simply right-click (control+click) on the company file and select move to trash, empty the trash.

 

You may find this article helpful: Create a QuickBooks Desktop company file.

 

For additional help, you can also reach out to our QuickBooks Desktop Support.

 

  1. Within your QuickBooks Desktop, click Help at the top menu bar.
  2. Click Contact Us.
  3. To route you to the correct support expert, we need to know what type of question you have. Give a brief description of your issue and click Continue.
  4. We’ll provide you a few options. You choose which one is best for you.

That's it! If you still need help with deleting an old company, please let me know. I'll stick around to help.

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