Difference Between Quickbooks File Types and Quickbooks File Extensions

Quickbooks is one of the advanced accounting software that caters ease in managing the financial operations of the business easily. The software comes with three different variants that are designed according to the requirements of the business. While using the Quickbooks software, you may come across different types of file extensions that are used for different purposes. In this article, we have explained the different types of Quickbooks files and Quickbooks Extensions. 

In Quickbooks Software, different types of file extensions are used to create unique files every time. These different files are used to store data related to Quickbooks Software. For Instance, the QBB file is used to store the backup of the Quickbooks Company file. You can later use this file to restore the company data. We will discuss about the different Quickbooks File types and extensions used in the Quickbooks Software along with the differences between them.Quickbooks File Extensions

In Quickbooks Software, every file has its own extension depending upon the type of the file and version of the Quickbooks Software. We have discussed the different types of file extensions names and some backup extensions files that are being used in the Quickbooks Desktop. these different types of files in Quickbooks software are reqruied to save different types of data in different folders. These extensions are applicable to every type of file in Quickbooks Software that includes loan manager Files, Payroll files, Quickbooks Working files, etc.

Different Types of Quickbooks Company File extension

  • AIF: The AIF extension file in Quickbooks software is generated when exporting the accountant’s copy to import the user’s company file. it is also known as the accountant’s review copy.
  • BDB: In Quickbooks Pro Timer, the Timer Backup-file is generated when a user tries to backup time data in Quickbooks.
  • BMP: The Windows bitmap File in Quickbooks is used to store the images and bitmaps used in the Quickbooks Software.
  • BPW: The BPW in quickbooks software stands for Business planner file which is being copied when you create a backup of the Quickbooks company file. However, you will be needed to save this file separately while backing up the company file.
  • DES: The .DES extensions file in Quickbooks software is used when you export a form design. It denotes the form design template file in Quickbooks Software.
  • DOC: The Doc file in Quickbooks software is used to store the information related to the software. these files are created to store “letters” or function/action.
  • IIF: this Quickbooks extension stands for Intuit Interchange format. this file type allows the user to import and export transactions in Quickbooks software without using the Dedicated Quickbooks SDK. these files convert the transactions in text format.
  • INI:  it is the configuration file in the Quickbooks software that is being used to support online banking. 
  • LDB: the LDB extension file in Quickbooks Software is used as a Ms. Access file for timer data.
  • LGB: The LGB extension stands for the little green box. the file is used to store Quickbooks username and password data in encrypted form. it comes in use when an SDK application tries to open the Quickbooks company file. In order to connect with the Sybase server, you will need the user credentials.
  • LMR: This file created and managed by the loan manager to store all the information about all the loans. While creating the backup of the company file in Quickbooks Software, you need to copy this file separately.
  • ND: This extension is used for the Quickbooks network configuration file which is used to successfully access the Quickbooks company file. make sure to save this file safely and it won’t get deleted.
  • NPC: This file format was used by the former Quickbooks version as the online banking file. later this format has been replaced with “OFX” and used by all the financial institutions.
  • QBA: The QBA Extension file is created by the accountant while reviewing the QBX file received from the client. It is also known as accountant Review Copy.
  • QBA.TLG: this transaction log file is generated to restore the backup of the Accountant review’s copy in case of any data loss. this file generated while backing up the Accountant reviews copy. Quickbooks create this file with a log of all the transactions forms your last backup.
  • QBB: The QBB extension file is created to store the backup of the Quickbooks company file. it stands for Quickbooks backup file.
  • QBI: The Quickbooks image file is generated when you open the Quickbooks company file and it holds all the transactions until you transfer it to another drive. the QBI file will get deleted automatically after closing the Quickbooks company file. While the Quickbooks software is not working, if you encounter the QBI file then it can be because of some issue with Quickbooks Software, while you had a Quickbooks file open.
  • QBM:  It is a Quickbooks Portable company file that is smaller than the QBB and QBW file hence it can be used to transfer the Quickbooks data smoothly over the internet. the file store all the necessary data excluding the database indexing.
  • QBO: While working with your bank accounts in Quickbooks, the QBO file created when you use the Web Connect Method and also know as the Web Connect Online banking download file.
  • QBW: It is one of the primary files that is used to access the Quickbooks Company file. 
  • QBW.TLG: This transaction log file can be used to retrieve the lost data in the Quickbooks Software. It is the transaction log file for the Quickbooks Company file.
  • QBX: This Quickbooks file extension is created when the client sends the Accountant’s Review copy to the accountant. The QB program creates this file when you generate the Quickbooks Accountant’s Copy.
  • TDB: This file is created to store the Quickbooks pro Timer transaction. these files contain the time tracking data in the QBTIMER Directory.

Quickbooks File Extensions Used in WindowsQuickbooks File Types

  • .QBW: this is the Quickbooks company file that is used to access the data in Quickbooks Software.
  • .QBB: this file extension is created when you create a backup of the Quickbooks Company file. So in general it is the backup file in windows for Quickbooks software.
  • .QBM: this file is created in Quickbooks Software to send and receive files. It can be considered as a portable file for Quickbooks company files.
  • Archive Copy XX/XX/200X ABC.QBW.’: when you create the Quickbooks Company file, an archive copy of the file also gets created. this file is stored with “‘Archive Copy XX/XX/200X ABC.QBW.’” name and you can use this file to view the unmodified information.
  • Connlog.Txt: This file contains the log data of all the transactions of online banking and also know as the Online Banking Connection Log File. 
  • DownloadQBXX log Folder: This folder stores the data of the update when you click on the “Check for updates” option. 
  • Images Folder: The Images folder in the Quickbooks Software is used to store the temporary images used in the Quickbooks Software. 
  • Inet Folder: The Inet Folder in the Quickbooks Software was used to store the Quickbooks Product and license information. 

LIst of Quickbooks File Extensions for Different Files

For Accountants

  • .QBX: This file extension is created when a client creates and sends files to the accountant.
  • .QBY: Before submitting the file to the client, this import file is created at the accountant’s side while filling the amendments.
  • .QBA: After receiving the .QBX file from the client, the .QBA file is generated at the accountant’s side while reviewing and editing the file before submission.

For Payroll Files

  • QPD: While using the Quickpay version 3.0, the Quickbooks pay data type file is created.
  • 1PA: This extension is used to store the 940 and 941 tax forms in Quickbooks software.
  • TXT and SET: These extensions are used in Quickbooks 2.1 and 2.0 version.
  • Taxtbl.usa: the file extension is used in Windows 3.1 version.
  • Qpconvrt.log: this extension is used to store all the warning messages of Quickbooks payroll.

Different Quickbooks Company File Extension

  • Temp1234.qbt:  While trying to rebuild the Quickbooks company file this file extension is created in Quickbooks software. it denotes the temp rebuild file in Quickbooks.
  • Qbwin.log: This is the Quickbooks log file which is used to store to keep a record of all the updates and modification made by the user in the Quickbooks Software.
  • IIF: The IIF in Quickbooks software stands for intuit Interchange format. this file is used to export or import transactions from banks or other Quickbooks Software.
  • .ND: It is one of the Quickbooks component file types that is used to store all the information about the network computer to access the other files saved on different workstations.
  • .TLG: This file is used to keep a record of all the transactions in the Quickbooks software.

So these are different Quickbooks file types and extensions that you will encounter while using the Quickbooks Software. these extensions and file types in Quickbooks software are created depending upon the operations you perform. In Case, you have the .QBW extension file in Quickbooks and you need to open it without the Quickbooks Software then you can simply export the excel file in Quickbooks Software.

If you have any queries related to the Quickbooks file extension or file types then you can contact the experts at Quickbooks. you can contact us through mail or live chat support. You can simply report your issue and the professionals will provide the best possible solution to resolve your issue quickly.

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