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Change the default directory for files in QuickBooks Desktop

 The default directory created in QuickBooks Desktop to store company files is located at:

Windows 10, 8.0, 8, 7 and Vista: C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Intuit\QuickBooks\Company Files

Company files may be saved in any location the user has appropriate rights to, however, there is no way to change the original default directory in QuickBooks. QuickBooks will automatically open to the last used directory when opening new company files or restoring backup files.

Detailed information

To change the default location for new files in QuickBooks Desktop:

  1. In QuickBooks, go to File and select New Company.
  2. Choose Detailed Start. The EasyStep Interview window opens.
  3. Enter your company information.
    Note: Only the Company Name is needed; all other data can be changed or entered later.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Select the industry that best fits your business. Click Next.
  6. Complete the EasyStep Interview by selecting/providing the necessary information.
  7. When you reach the Create your company file window, note that the next window is where you will select the location to save your file.
  8. The Filename for New Company window opens. The default location is C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Intuit\QuickBooks\Company Files\.
  9. To choose another location, in the left pane, click Computer. Navigate to your desired location.
    Note: It is recommended to choose local locations for your QuickBooks company file instead of mapped drives.
  10. If you are satisfied with the location of your file, click Save.

The next time you open the file in QuickBooks Desktop, the No Company Open screen will show the location where the file is saved.

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