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Setting Up Transaction Check Register

I am setting up a new QB Desktop file.  The Check Register is recording ALL entries as Journal Entries.  In the Set up Process I was only given the option to select an Equity Account.  Since it is an LLC, I selected Member Equity.  In all my other QB files I have a Transaction Register.  Can someone guide me on how to convert from the JE Register to a Transaction Register.  


Thank you.  

QuickBooks Team

Re: Setting Up Transaction Check Register

It looks like you chose the Detailed Start option, Tracey0517hall. Once you add an account and enter a balance, it will create a journal entry.


We're unable to convert the journal entry. You'll have to delete the beginning balance, then create transactions or activities so you can come up with the current balance.

First, here's how to delete the beginning balance:

  1. Click Lists, then go to Chart of Accounts.
  2. Open the account.
  3. Double click on the Opening Balance Equity.
  4. Press Ctrl + D on your keyboard.
  5. Click OK to confirm. 

Then, enter the transactions manually. 


I'll share this article on how you can enter transactions by batch


Get back to this thread if you need more help from us. We'd be happy to work with you again. 

Experienced Member

Re: Setting Up Transaction Check Register

Since I only had a few transactions entered I decided to simply delete the File and start over.  I was hoping that you were right that I had selected the Detailed Start option and that by not making that mistake again all would be fine.  Unfortunately, I ran into the same problem.  The Check Register only gives me Equity options and then all entries are recording as Journal Entries.  There must be something I'm doing wrong.  I have several other Files and have never had this issue.  Thanks for guidance.  

Experienced Member

Re: Setting Up Transaction Check Register

Unfortunately this didn't work.  The Check Register is still "stuck" as a General Ledger Register. I even deleted the File and started over in the hopes that I mistakenly selected the Detailed Start option.  Looks like I didn't.  When I set up the new File I still had the same issue.  Other suggestion to convert the Check Register to simply a Transaction Register and not one that records every transaction as a Journal Entry?  Thank you very much!

QuickBooks Team

Re: Setting Up Transaction Check Register

Hello, @tracey0517hall.


Let's first open a sample QuickBooks Company file and  try to add your transactions. 


Here's how:

  1. Open QuickBooks.
  2. From the No Company Open window, click Open a Sample file.
  3. Choose a sample company file.
  4. Click Yes to download the sample file.
  5. Select the folder where you can save the sample company file.
  6. Click Save. 

Once completed, add your transactions directly to your register. If you're able to successfully add it without converting into a journal entry, let's perform a clean install with your QuickBooks software. This will repair damaged QuickBooks Desktop Function such entering transactions directly to register.


To resolve the issue, here's how:

  1. Create a backup of the QuickBooks Desktop company file.
  2. ‘Un-Install’ QuickBooks Desktop for Windows
  3. Rename the installation files.
  4. Re-install the program.
  5. Download the latest QuickBooks release when opening the program.

For more detailed instructions, you can refer to this article: Clean install QuickBooks Desktop.


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