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Customized Estimate Template

I created a customized estiamte template in Word and then imputed the file into Quickbooks Online. Quickbooks asked that I sync the required fields from a drop down menu of options (for example - estimate date, customer name, estimate number, description, total), I did so. However I had to select a few custom fields. And when I go to preview the template and to use it, only some of my custom fields are working. How can I get all custom fields to work properly.

 

I've attached a copy of what the esimate template looks like in QB Online and you can see where the custom field is working in some boxes, but not all. 

 

Thank you. 

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Best answer 08-29-2018

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Re: Customized Estimate Template

@heatherddgframe

 

Hello there, Heather.

 

It's my goal that you can send Estimates from QuickBooks the way your business needs. I've verified through thorough research that at this time, QBO only supports uploading a custom template for Invoices. Although this no longer seems to be a feature, rest assured that I'll be submitting feedback directly to the Development Team to see it reintroduced. Other customers have also mentioned wanting this feature returned, so I strongly encourage you to add to their voices by submitting a request within QuickBooks. Just click the Gear (⚙) icon and select Feedback.

 

In the meantime, I'd like to offer you QBO's native options for customizing your Estimate templates. To create an estimate from scratch, follow these steps:

 

  1. From QuickBooks Online, click the Gear (⚙) icon > Custom Form Styles.
  2. On the New Style drop-down menu, select Estimate.
  3. Use the settings on each tab to build your estimate from the ground up. Be sure to click Save before finishing.
     

With these resources, you'll be able to give those Estimates a personal touch that exemplifies your company and what it represents. We also offer a guide on customizing forms in QBO that you may find helpful. Be sure to let me know how else I can empower you to make QuickBooks work the way your business needs. Thanks for coming to the Community, wishing you continued success.

 

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QuickBooks Team

Re: Customized Estimate Template

Welcome, ksimpson.


Glad to see you here in the QuickBooks Community. Let me help you get across this challenge so you can use your own estimate template to QuickBooks Online.


Since your estimate template is already in a Microsoft Office Word file format, make sure to mark the text that you want QuickBooks to map data with opening and closing angle brackets. Never mark the data that don’t change (company name, address, and contact information).
QuickBooks support the following font styles:

  • Arial Unicode MS.
  • Courier, Courier Bold, Courier Oblique, Courier Bold-Oblique.
  • Helvetica, Helvetica Bold, Helvetica Oblique, Helvetica Bold-Oblique
  • Times Roman, Times-Bold, Times-Italic, Times Bold-Italic
  • Symbol
  • Zapf Dingbats

Also, be sure to use Microsoft Word tables to contain the contents and create the table layouts with simple rows and columns. Merge/split cells and tables placed inside of tables can cause unexpected problems.
Avoid these following elements as they can cause issues with the import:

  • Audio
  • ClipArt, Word Art.
  • Animated GIFS.
  • Embedded files.
  • Adding or updating hidden links or merging fields.
  • Files over 2MB.
  • Non .docx file types or older MS Word documents renamed as .docx files.

To correctly import your own estimate template, please follow these steps:
1.    Click the Gear icon, and select Custom Form Styles.
2.    Choose the New Style drop-down and select Import Style.
3.    Under the Select a form type, choose Estimate.
4.    Download a sample estimate for your reference, and then click the Browse button to upload your own file.
5.    Select Next to upload your document.

 

Now, you need to map marked areas in your document to QuickBooks data fields.  Review each field to make sure the mapped fields from your template correspond to the correct fields in QuickBooks Online. Check if the numbering and mapping of fields are done correctly.

 

Once everything is linked correctly, select Next to see a preview of your invoice. Choose Customize and select the saved customer template.

 

And that’s it! Your custom form is ready to use. Please let me know if you have other questions. I'd be glad to help you further.

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Re: Customized Estimate Template

Hello, 

 

Thanks for providing help on this topic, although I keep getting stuck. When I go to import the new style for an estimate, it doesn't let me choose that its a estimate template. Do you know how this might be resolved? I've had no trouble uploading our custom invoice, just having a problem with a custom estimate. 

 

many thanks, 

Heather

Content Leader

Re: Customized Estimate Template

@heatherddgframe

 

Hello there, Heather.

 

It's my goal that you can send Estimates from QuickBooks the way your business needs. I've verified through thorough research that at this time, QBO only supports uploading a custom template for Invoices. Although this no longer seems to be a feature, rest assured that I'll be submitting feedback directly to the Development Team to see it reintroduced. Other customers have also mentioned wanting this feature returned, so I strongly encourage you to add to their voices by submitting a request within QuickBooks. Just click the Gear (⚙) icon and select Feedback.

 

In the meantime, I'd like to offer you QBO's native options for customizing your Estimate templates. To create an estimate from scratch, follow these steps:

 

  1. From QuickBooks Online, click the Gear (⚙) icon > Custom Form Styles.
  2. On the New Style drop-down menu, select Estimate.
  3. Use the settings on each tab to build your estimate from the ground up. Be sure to click Save before finishing.
     

With these resources, you'll be able to give those Estimates a personal touch that exemplifies your company and what it represents. We also offer a guide on customizing forms in QBO that you may find helpful. Be sure to let me know how else I can empower you to make QuickBooks work the way your business needs. Thanks for coming to the Community, wishing you continued success.

 

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Re: Customized Estimate Template

did the remove the option for Estimate?

I can only customize invoices, not esitmate.

 

Because it does nto give me the option to select estimate .

QuickBooks Team

Re: Customized Estimate Template

Welcome to the Community space, tayzor.

 

I'm here to share what I know about importing your own custom form style.

 

Right now, you're only able to import custom form styles for invoices. Importing a template for estimate is unavailable in QuickBooks Online. As a workaround, you can customize the fields of the template by following these steps:

 

1. Click the Gear icon.

2. Select Custom Form Styles.

3. Choose your template and click Edit.

4. Go to the Content tab.

5. Click the pencil icons to edit.

6. Click Done.

 

I also encourage you to send feedback directly to our product engineers by clicking the Gear icon and selecting the Feedback option. This will help us identify what product feature/option works best for your business.

 

Let us know if you have more questions about QuickBooks Online. I'll be around to help you out.

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Re: Customized Estimate Template

I am also noticing that QBO has removed the ability for me to re-upload a previous estimate form I had entered in in June of this year. Somehow in the past few months this feature of QBO has been removed. My current estimate template that is uploaded now has a previous address (we are moving locations). Does anyone know when this problem will be rectified? 

Moderator

Re: Customized Estimate Template

Hi there, @SaraG.

 

I'm here to share some information about uploading or importing Estimates in QuickBooks Online (QBO).

 

As what @AlcaeusF mentioned, at this time QBO only supports custom imports of invoices. Though estimates may have been available at some point, they are no longer.

 

I can see how this feature would be helpful for you and your business and I encourage you to submit feedback. These requests and suggestions are forwarded to the Product Development Team for consideration in future updates.

 

This can be done directly through your account by clicking the Gear icon in the top right corner, then select Feedback or by going to the following link: https://feedback.qbo.intuit.com/. I'm going to submit feedback from my side as well.

 

That's it! Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or I can be of additional assistance. I'll be here to help.

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Re: Customized Estimate Template

Thank you FritzF for clarifying that. I also called the ProAdvisor line as that was quite alarming news. The folks on the line were not as aware as you are about this. If QBO would allow us to further modify the templates provided to our standard this would not be such a problem.

 

Sadly, we will have to switch to another system if this is not going to be corrected soon. Since this is a definite dealbreaker, I do greatly appreciate your clarification! It’s helpful to know what it is we will need to do! 

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Re: Customized Estimate Template - Import Custom Form Styles for Estimates in Quickbooks Online

I am also affected by this.   This feature used to work for US Quickbooks online and no longer has the ability to import estimates only invoices.   I did disable and re-enable the feature in QuickBooks labs which it started working, but only for a week.  Now it no longer works again. 


It DOES WORK for my Canada Quickbooks account so it has to be a bug in QB side. 

 

I have reported this several times to QB feedback, but no response yet.  

 

 

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Re: Customized Estimate Template

Hello Heather,  

Im currently working on an estimate also that has a large area to write in being a construction company some estimates have lots of information. Did you get yours working? Also have you ever ran out of room what happens? is there then a 2nd page added?   I attached a sample to get your thoughts on if this would work?

 

Thanks

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Re: Customized Estimate Template

Hello Heather,  

Im currently working on an estimate also that has a large area to write in being a construction company some estimates have lots of information. Did you get yours working? Also have you ever ran out of room what happens? is there then a 2nd page added?   I attached a sample to get your thoughts on if this would work? 

 

Thanks

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Re: Customized Estimate Template

Do you have a different Quickbooks Online than I do? I do not have a tab to import estimate form.

 

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Re: Customized Estimate Template

Hi there, @PritchardConstructionCompany.

 

Allow me to chime in and help provide additional information about importing estimate template in QuickBooks Online.

 

The option to import an estimate template is already available. As long as you have turned on the Import Style in the QuickBooks Labs, you should now be able to see the estimate option when selecting a form type in the Import form style page.

 

Let me walk you through the process:

 

  1. Sign in to your QuickBooks account and go to the Gear Icon.
  2. Select QuickBooks Labs under Your Company.
  3. Make sure that the Import Style is turned on in the QuickBooks Labs, then click Done.
  4. Now go back to the Gear Icon and select Custom Form Styles.
  5. Click the drop-down arrow for New style and select Import Style.
  6. On the Select a form type field, you can now select the Estimate template.

import estimate1.PNG import estimate2.PNG import estimate3.PNG import estimate4.PNG

 

That should do it. You can now continue to upload your file for the estimate.

 

If you need other references in the future, please feel free to access our site: Help articles for QuickBooks Online.

 

I'm always here to help if you need anything else or if you have other questions about importing an estimate template. Have a great weekend. :)

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Re: Customized Estimate Template

I cannot get my custom fields to show up in my estimate, even when my customized template is the default, other fields that aren't even on my estimate appear instead.

 

So much for a personalized touch

QuickBooks Team

Re: Customized Estimate Template

Hi there, kirsty25.

 

If you haven't yet, please use an incognito/private browsing. Then, go back to QuickBooks and check if the template is working. To switch to incognito:

 

  • For Chrome, press Ctrl+Shift+N.
  • For Firefox press Ctrl+Shift+P.
  • For Safari, hold down Command+Shift+N.

 

Alternatively, you can use any of these compatible browsers just to check if this caused by a browser issue:

 

  • Mozilla
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari

 

I would also recommend contacting our phone support in case you're still getting the same result. They can take a closer look at your template and check what's causing the issue. Here's how: 

 

  1. Look for the Help menu in the upper-right hand corner of QBO and click on it.
  2. Indicate that you're getting an error when running payroll, then click Let's talk
  3. Select Get a callback to reach out to one of our phone agents or Start Messaging for chat support.

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