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Open and use a secondary QuickBooks Desktop data file on your workstation

You can open 2 company files at the same time in the same year of QuickBooks Accountant, QuickBooks Professional Bookkeeper, and QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise. The first file you open is labeled Primary and has a few limitations. The second file is labeled Secondary and has more limitations. If you close the primary file when 2 companies are open, the secondary file becomes the primary file.

Note: This only applies to QuickBooks Desktop company files within the same year. You can have two company files open in two separate years of QuickBooks Desktop without the Primary/Secondary file restrictions.

Note: Users permissions cannot override the restrictions shown below.

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