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I. Getting Started > 7. Managing QuickBooks Files

Chapter 7. Managing QuickBooks Files

When company books were paper ledgers, you had to be careful not to tear the pages, and a spilled drink spelled misfortune. Today, electronic books require their own sort of care and feeding. Protecting your QuickBooks files is essential, not only because your books tell the financial story of your company, but because the computer environment is notorious for chewing up data in all sorts of ways.

QuickBooks files have a few advantages over their paper-based relatives. Most important, you can make copies of your company files for safekeeping. (QuickBooks can also create a special copy of your company file so you and your accountant can both work on your company file at the end of the year (see page 390). QuickBooks files have a few other features that you might consider advantages, but you’ll use them so infrequently, they hardly count. This chapter focuses on backing up your QuickBooks files, but it also explains why and how to verify, condense, and delete your files.


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