QuickBooks 2022 All-in-One For Dummies
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Few people read introductions to reference books, so I’ll make this very brief. I just want to tell you which versions of QuickBooks this book works for, what’s in the reference, what it assumes about your existing skills, and what conventions I use.
About This Book
The desktop version of QuickBooks comes in several flavors, including QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier, and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions. This reference talks about QuickBooks 21 Enterprise Solutions, which is a superset of Quick-Books 2022 Premier and QuickBooks 2022 Pro. If you’re using QuickBooks Self-Employed or QuickBooks Online, you shouldn’t use this book. Instead, you should check out QuickBooks Online For Dummies by David Ringstrom.
On the other hand, even though this book is written for QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions, if you’re using QuickBooks Premier or QuickBooks Pro, don’t worry. You’re just fine with this book. And don’t freak out if you’re using some version of QuickBooks that’s very similar to QuickBooks 2022, such as QuickBooks 2021 or QuickBooks 2020. Although this reference is about QuickBooks 2022, it also works just fine for the 2020, 2021, and probably 2023 versions of QuickBooks because QuickBooks is a very mature product at this point. The changes from one year to the next are modest. This means that if you’re using QuickBooks 2021, stuff may look a little different if you closely compare the images in this book with what you see on your screen, but the information in this reference will still apply to your situation.
Note, too, that specialty versions of QuickBooks, such as QuickBooks Accountant’s Edition and QuickBooks Contractor, also work almost identically to QuickBooks Premier.
If you use QuickBooks Pro and see some whistle or bell that you really want to use but that isn’t available in your version of QuickBooks, you’ll know that you should upgrade to the Premier or Enterprise Solutions version of QuickBooks.
The bottom line? Yes, QuickBooks comes in several flavors. Yes, Intuit publishes new editions of its QuickBooks products every year. But you can use this book for any recent version of QuickBooks Pro, Premier, or Enterprise Solutions.
To make the best use of your time and energy, you should know about the conventions I use in this book:
- When I want you to type something such as Jennifer, it’s in bold letters.
- By the way, except for passwords, you don’t have to worry about the case of the stuff you type in QuickBooks. If I tell you to type Jennifer, you can type JENNIFER. Or you can follow poet e e cummings’s lead and type jennifer.
- Whenever I tell you to choose a command from a menu, I say something like Choose Lists ➪ Items, which simply means to first choose the Lists menu and then choose Items. The ➪ separates one part of the command from the next part.
- You can choose menus and commands and select dialog-box elements with the mouse. Just click the thing that you want to select.
- While I’m on the subject of conventions, let me also mention something about QuickBooks conventions, because it turns out that there’s really no good place to point this out: QuickBooks doesn’t use document windows the same way that other Windows programs do. Instead, it locks the active window into place and then displays a list of windows in its Navigator pane, which is like another little window. To move to a listed window, you click it.
You can tell QuickBooks to use windows like every other program does, however, by choosing View ➪ Multiple Windows. You can even remove the Navigator pane by choosing View ➪ Open Window List.