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carlsie-steyn
Level 1

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

 
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KristyS
QuickBooks Team

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

Hi there, carlsie.steyn.

At the moment, opening multiple companies in QuickBooks Desktop Pro is unavailable. You can open your companies one at a time. 

To open your companies easier, you can go to File then click Open Previous Company. From there, you can select the company you want to open.

Don't hesitate to post again if you have any questions. I'll be around!

Anonymous
Not applicable

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

hi @carlsie-steyn ,

Consider to purchase Premier Accountant edition. You may open 2 company files in the same time and screen. 

Brandon6981
Level 1

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

I'm not sure what your IT resources are but we have Quickbooks Pro with 3 licenses at our office, so it's located on 3 separate computers. You could remote desktop into another computer that has Quickbooks installed and work from your PC with 1 company file & have another company file open in remote desktop.

jdpatrick
Level 1

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

Hi,

 

Has there been any progress made on this? Is it something being considered?

 

Thank you, Jocelyn

Charies_M
Moderator

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

I appreciate you asking for updates, jdpatrick.

 

The option to open multiple company files on QuickBooks Desktop Pro is still unavailable. This can only be done with QuickBooks Accountant and QuickBooks Enterprise.

 

Learn more about opening multiple company files by visiting this article: Open and use a secondary company file.

 

You might also want to take a look at this article for more information: Create QuickBooks Desktop Company file: Overview.

 

While we continue making improvements with the product, I want you to be updated with the new features added to the software by following the steps below:

 

Here's how:

 

  1. Go to the Help icon.
  2. Click New Features.
  3. Choose either New Feature Tour or What's New.
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Another way to get you in the loop about the latest news and product developments in QuickBooks Desktop is to visit our Firm of the future site. To narrow down your search, you can go to the Product & Industry News tab.

 

This should answer your question for today. Please post again in the Community if you have follow-up questions. I’ll be here to help. Take care and have a good one!

hookem
Level 1

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

How about you give your users the features they are asking for? Crazy concept I know.

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

@hookem 

You may open more than one company file at the same screen with a workaround but need an extra cost.

ctzivelos
Level 1

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

That is what I did. This is the first time that cannot the other company. 

AlexV
QuickBooks Team

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

Hello ctzivelos!

 

Thanks for joining this post. Let me assist you with opening a company file.

 

Currently, only the QuickBooks Accountant or QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise can open a secondary company file. You can open the second one by any of the following steps:

  • Double-click the second company file's name.
  • Double-click the QuickBooks icon.
  • Go to the File menu, then select Open Second Company.

 

You'll want to make sure that the QuickBooks Desktop is updated to the latest release. This resolves minimal issues in using the software since you have the latest fixes and patches.

 

Also, you can run the Verify and Rebuild Data tool in QuickBooks Desktop when you open the company file. This will fix any data-related issues which could be the reason for not being able to open a secondary file.

 

Please visit this article: Open and use a secondary company file. This includes all the restrictions or limitations when using the company file as a secondary one.

 

Need more help? Leave a comment below and we'll assist you. Thanks!

LES1479
Level 1

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

cannot find accountant edition

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

@LES1479 

Do you need to purchase a one time license of QB Desktop US version Accountant edition? Which year version?

LES1479
Level 1

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

i currently am using 2018 version of ACCOUNTANT DESKTOP

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

I do the books for a few companies. Can I open multiple companies in Quickbooks Desktop Pro?

@LES1479 

We may help to provide the one time license of QB Desktop 2020-2022 US Accountant edition. Contact us in private for details.