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Is there a way to change the column width on invoices? Description of services has a lot of words and everything is cramped into a skinny column. Thanks!

 
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Anonymous
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Re: Is there a way to change the column width on invoices? Description of services has a lot of w...

Great to see you here, @longrange,

 

Welcome and thanks for visiting the Community. I can share some information on how to customize the column width when you create invoices.

 

Adjusting the width of your invoice columns can be done in just a few clicks. Let me guide you on how to do that:

  1. Open the invoice. (Plus icon>Invoices)
  2. Click the edge of the Description column to reveal the scale width icon.
  3. Drag the icon to the right to expand the column.

Here's an illustration to guide you with the steps:

 

 

I'm confident those steps will get you pointed to the right direction, @longrange. Please update me on the outcome. I am here to help should you need further assistance. Have a great weekend!

Level 1

Re: Is there a way to change the column width on invoices? Description of services has a lot of w...

Thank you Jen! Yes that did work!

 
I have a question…will that change be across the board to all other invoices both past and present? 
 
Or do I need to go to the 'custom forms style' tab in the gear icon? 
Anonymous
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Re: Is there a way to change the column width on invoices? Description of services has a lot of w...

Thanks for responding, longrange.


I'm glad to know that the steps shared by my colleague have helped you.


These changes will affect your past, present and future invoices. There’s no need to go to the customer form style to adjust everything. 


Please don’t hesitate to visit us again if you have other concerns with QuickBooks. We’ll always here to help anytime. 
 

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Re: Is there a way to change the column width on invoices? Description of services has a lot of w...

The problem with this solution is that it works for viewing and typing into invoices.  But when the invoices print out or are sent to customers, it reverts to the skinny vertical column.  This is a pain when I have a complicated invoice with multiple parts.  It goes to two pages when filling in the description part with broader width would keep it on one.

 

Any help is appreciated.

Moderator

Re: Is there a way to change the column width on invoices? Description of services has a lot of w...

Hi there, PK910.

 

I agree that the solution above works for entering the item's description into the invoices. We do actually have a setting in the Custom Form Styles page that allows you to permanently adjust the widths of the columns.

 

Let me take you there: 

  1. Click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Custom Form Styles.
  3. Click on the Edit link for the invoice template.
  4. In the Content tab, click on the center page of the invoice in the right side.
  5. Click on EDIT LABELS AND WIDTHS.
  6. Adjust the widths of the columns.
  7. Click on Print PDF or Done.
  8. Save the changes. 

When creating an invoice, please make sure to select this template (by clicking on the Customize link and selecting the template name). Then, send a sample invoice to your email. It'll show you that the widths are adjusted.

 

We have other customization options available for invoice templates, you can check them out in here.

 

We encourage you also to use the import custom template feature in QuickBooks Online. Through this, you'll be able to manage the widths of each column and many more. Please see this article on how to create and import a template using MSWord: Import custom form styles for invoices or estimates

 

We wanted to know if you have any questions that need our help. Please go ahead and post them in the comments section below. 

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Re: Is there a way to change the column width on invoices? Description of services has a lot of w...

On Step 5, do you mean EDIT COLUMNS AND WIDTHS instead of HIDE COLUMNS AND WIDTHS? If they are hidden, how do I change them?

 

Also, I assumed EDIT was correct and it does not allow me to move the slide at all.  The number is in orange if that means anything.

QuickBooks Team

Re: Is there a way to change the column width on invoices? Description of services has a lot of w...

Let me share additional details about editing invoices, PK910.

 

Let's click on the EDIT LABEL AND WIDTHS so we can adjust the widths. Then, select HIDE LABEL AND WIDTHS to hide this option. Once done, you can save it by clicking Done.

 

edit invoice.PNG

 

Also, the number in orange is an indication that it's already in maximum size. That's the reason why it doesn't allow you to change it. You can adjust the other labels so you can modify the width for the description.

 

You can also read this article for the detailed steps about customizing invoices.

 

In addition to the workaround shared by GarlynGay, you can download our samples through this link. You can use it to create your own template.

 

Comment again if you have more clarifications. I'm here to help you.

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