QuickBooks Backup Instructions 2017

How to create a QuickBooks backup

If you are using QuickBooks 2017 (Windows or PC version), the following instructions will help you create a company file for backup:

  1. Create the company backup file.
    1.  Go to the File menu, choose Back Up Company, and then select Create Local Backup.
    2. A “Create Backup” window will appear, choose Local Backup, and click on the Options button to designate the backup file “location.”
      1. (example:  C:\temp\) You may use the Browse button to search out the location.
      2. Click OK. Then click NEXT
    3. A “Create Backup” window will appear.
    4. Save it now and click NEXT.
    5. Create/enter the name for the backup file…. (example: XYZ Co QB backup 01-17-2018) The backup company file is saved with a .QBB extension.
    6. Click SAVE.
  2. After the backup is complete please e-mail a copy to your MJ contact using SafeSend as follows:
    1. Go to www.mcdonaldjacobs.com and click on SAFESEND in the upper right-hand corner. A new webpage will open where you will enter your information in the gray pane. On the right, select the plus button to find your recipient. Add your subject and message where indicated, then either drag files to or click on “Drag files here” box, to browse for and add attachments. Please note there is an upload limit of 25 files. Click Send Files.
    2. Alternatively, you can click this link to access the page: https://portal.safesend.com/14569898/DropOff.aspx
    3. Also, even though it might seem logical, please do not send an Accountant’s Copy of your QuickBooks data. We will need the Company Backup file. We will not return this copy to you.
    4. Please remember to provide accountant with USERNAME(S) and/or PASSWORDS, if applicable.

Prepare a file for conversion from QuickBooks for Mac to QuickBooks for Windows

Due to the differences between the operating systems, converting a file from QuickBooks for Mac to QuickBooks for Windows requires some file preparation. 

Preparing the file

  1. Update your version of QuickBooks Desktop for Mac to the latest release.
  2. Check for any special characters in the file name and Company Name, such as !@#$%^&*. If there are any, rename the file and remove the special characters.
    1. Note: Company Name is under QuickBooks menu > Preferences > My Company.
  3. Open the file in QuickBooks and delete all memorized transactions and memorized reports.
  4. Resort your lists.
  5. Rebuild and then verify your company file.
  6. Run the Custom Transaction Detail Report, changing the date range to All and enabling the Memo Column:
    1. Go to Reports > Custom Transaction Detail Report.
    2. In the Modify Report window, click the Dates drop-down arrow and select All.
    3. Under Columns, click to select the Memo column. A checkmark appears when the column is selected.
    4. Click OK to run the report.
  7. Check for any memos with names that are longer than 50 characters or that contain special characters such as !@#$%^&*.
  8. If any are found, edit the transactions and remove the memos. Rebuild the file again.

Converting the file

  1. With the company file open in QuickBooks for Mac, go to File > Export > To QuickBooks Desktop for Windows.
  2. Choose a name and location for the file and click Save (this creates a file with the extension *.qbb).  In the Where (location) field, it is best to simply save this file to your Desktop.