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Create a QuickBooks Desktop company file

A QuickBooks Desktop company file contains all the financial records for a single business. If you're just starting out with QuickBooks, the first thing you must do is create a QuickBooks company file for your financial records. If you previously have an older version of QuickBooks, you should first identify if it is the right time to start a new company file to replace your old file or establish a new file from scratch.

This article describes the following ways to create or start a company file:

  • Sample company file
  • Express Start
  • Detailed Start
  • Copy and rename an existing company file
  • Create a new company file from an existing company
  • Start a new company file by exporting lists from the old data file and importing them into the new data file
  • Copy multiple transactions from one company file to another

Note that if you are not yet ready to create a new company file, QuickBooks provides you with sample company files that you can experiment with to see how QuickBooks works.

Detailed information
Unexpected Result

Continue button is grayed out when creating a new company file via express start

Intuit recommends more than one solution for this problem. The first solution may solve your problem, or you may need to try all of them to resolve the issue. For best results, perform the solutions in the order shown.

Solution 1: Remove Special Characters

  1. Click in the Company Name box and backspace to remove any special characters like * / | \ >< .
  2. Click the Continue button.

Solution 2: Run reboot.bat and try to create the new company file again.

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