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Locate Missing Transactions In QuickBooks Desktop

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Steps to Navigate Missing Transactions:

1. Check your audit history:

The Audit Trail Report is the first place we’d want to look. This report will display every transaction that has been made in your company file, including deleted ones. It even goes a step further and displays any previous alterations to transactions. Open the Reports menu, choose Accountant & Taxes, and then click Audit Trail to access the Audit Trail Report.

The location of the Audit Trail Report:

From here, you can alter the report as you would any other in QuickBooks. On the report page, click the Customize Report button. Then, select the Filters tab and add some filters to find your transaction.

The Transaction Type filter, the Name filter, and the Date filter should usually be used as the first filters. In this manner, both the right date you’re looking for and the person assigned to the transaction can be found. Let’s look at what we can see on the report after you press OK.

By this time, the page should list several items. Several lines that appear to be from the same transaction but have minor differences may even be listed. The part of the transaction that was changed and then saved from its previous value will be in a section that is bold, which is what you’re looking for. This can be extremely useful in locating transactions that have been altered or modified from their original values.

The bold section under the Date column denotes a change from the previous state of that specific line item. The Last Modified By column is one of the ones that is clearly visible. This displays the QuickBooks user who was logged in at the time the transaction was saved. Unfortunately, we are unable to filter the report by this column; however, you can export it to Excel and customize it with some searching and filtering.

If after reading the Audit Trail report you still can’t find your missing transaction, you should move on to the next section.

2. Verify the corporate file:

We should now investigate the possibility that someone is working in a different company file than the rest of the team if the Audit Trail report isn’t helping us find any missing data. The company file may have needed to be copied off the network for a variety of reasons, or someone may have restored a backup without first opening the primary company file. Fear not; it’s simple to check for this.

Press the F2 key while QuickBooks is open and you are signed into your company file. This will open the window with the product information. Quite a bit of information about your active company file is displayed in this window.

The File Information section of the window, which is located about halfway down, is what we’re looking for. This will provide us with the file path of the file that we are currently editing. We can see the file location of the currently open company file in the File Information section of the Product Information screen. You should verify that the file path location points to the company file that everyone else is working in. For the correct file path that directs to your server or computer that is hosting your company file, you might need to check with your local IT.

To make sure everyone is using the right file, it would be advised to perform this action on each computer that each QuickBooks employee currently makes use of. Let’s continue if everybody is in the appropriate file.

3: A Condense Has Been Run

  •  If there has been a recent Condense run, that is the last thing we want to look for.
  •  An option in QuickBooks called a condense aids in removing data before a deadline. Usually, it is used for other purposes or to try to shrink the size of your company file.
  •  Press F2 to return to the Product Information screen, and then check to see if one has been run. A section labelled “Condense Information” will be on the right side.
  •  The Product Information screen also contains the Condense Information screen, which you can find there.
  •  If there is a date there that is later than the date of the transaction you’re looking for, this might be a sign that your transaction was eliminated due to a condense. Before moving forward, you might want to consult with your accountant to learn more about the condensed and the reason it was run.

4. Re-enter the transactions that are missing:

If we’re still unable to locate your missing transaction at this point after searching the Audit Trail, looking through several company files, and checking to see if a condense has been run, your best course of action would be to enter it again. We did a great job of following all the previous steps, so we can confidently state that the transaction was not added to your company file.

After trying all four options, inform our ProAdvisor team of your circumstance. Before re-entry is necessary, they will work with you to explore any additional options for finding them, and if they are discovered, they will talk about the best ways to re-integrate them.

General FAQs:

1. How does QuickBooks Desktop Pro find a transaction?

You can use the “Find” feature in QuickBooks Desktop Pro to locate transactions later. Open the relevant form for the transaction you want to search for to find an invoice or any other type of transaction. You would open the “Create Invoices” window if you were looking for an invoice, for instance.

2. How can I search for a particular transaction in a form?

Enter the value or values you want to use to find the transaction into the search parameter fields of the “Find [form type]” window that appears. Then, if there are multiple matches, click the “Find” button to display the matching form or to open a result set in a “Find” window.

3. How can I locate a bill in QuickBooks?

You would open the “Create Invoices” window if you were looking for an invoice, for instance. The “Find [form type]” window will open when you choose “Edit| Find [form type]” from the Menu Bar, where “[form type]” is the name of the form type you are looking for.

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