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Change the location of the icon bar

The default location of the QuickBooks Dekstop icon bar is on top of the program. The icon bar can be customized to cater different preferences of users.

Detailed instructions

To move the icon bar, click the View menu and choose where you want it to be located


  • Top Icon Bar - This view displays Vendors, Customers, Employees and Account balances. Also, it will show Do More with QuickBooks, and Backup Status.
  • You can also enable colored icons on this view
    1. From the Edit menu, go to Preferences.
    2. Choose Desktop View.
    3. Click My Preference tab.
    4. Check the box next to Switch to colored icons / light background on the Top Icon Bar
    5. Click OK to close the Preferences window.


  • Left Icon Bar - It displays My Shortcuts, View Balances, Run Favorite Reports, Open Windows and Do More With QuickBooks. Moreover, it will show the Vendors, Customers and Employees icons from the Homescreen.
  • You can click the right arrow to hide the left icon bar.


  • Hide Icon Bar - removes the icons form the home page but it will still show Vendors, Customers and Employees.

KB ID# HOW19799
12/10/2016 8:33:27 AM
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