A QuickBooks company file is created in the QuickBooks to help users store the company’s financial information. It is generally the initial step in starting up the accounting for a specific business in QuickBooks. Sometimes as it happens you would like to downgrade your QuickBooks company file to the earlier version because you would like to reinstate some previous changes. 

For your information purposes, once the company file is converted to the newer version it cannot be opened in earlier versions of QuickBooks. So, it is always prudent to keep the backup file that you used while using or migrating from an older version. You can always restore the backup of your company file for earlier versions.

Way of Downgrading Quickbooks Company File

1. Restoration of the Backup Company File

QuickBooks while creating the new company file (.qbw) from the previous backup company file (.qbb). You need to follow the below steps to restore your backup company file.

1. Step One: 

First, you need to click on “File” and then choose “Open or Restore Company”.

2. Step Two: 

In this step choose, restore a backup copy> Next, then click on Local Backup> Next again.

3. Step Three: 

In this step, you need to browse and select the backup company file from your computer with an extension (.qbb).

4. Step Four:

In this step, create a different folder to save your new company file to avoid overwriting the existing data. After creating a separate folder and saving the company file, click on “Open”.

5. Step Five:

In the last step, you need to click on save, make sure that you read and take action accordingly on all the overwriting related messages. 

The above steps will restore or downgrade your company backup file. 

You can also create portable company files that are compact and can be easily shared and moved from one location to another, but it isn’t like a full backup as it does not contain fixed asset manager files, loan manager, statement writer, etc. They are very handy when you do not need full backup.

2. Creating Portable company file

For creating the portable company file, you need to follow the below steps:

1. Step One:

You need to log in as an admin in QuickBooks.

2. Step Two:

In this step choose the option of File> create copy> portable company file and then click on “Next”.

3. Step Three: 

Choose a unique name for your portable company file and save it on a different location on your computer from the regular company file.

4. Step Four:

At last when you are done click on “Save” and “OK”.

The portable company file thus created will have an extension (.qbm), and can be sent over email or put on an external device like USB.

When you do not need a full backup of company files for downgrading purposes, you can use portable company files and downgrade by using the same steps as mentioned earlier.

In case you have any further queries, you can dial a toll-free number 📞+1-929-203-8002 and QB proficient technical support team will help you.


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