Chapter 22. Customizing QuickBooks

QuickBooks 2006 comes with a new Home page that provides instant access to all the accounting tasks you perform. Between new Center panels for vendors, customers, and employees and your old friend, the icon bar, you can take your pick of helpful shortcuts to the features you use the most. But your business isn’t like anyone else’s. If you run a strictly cash sales business, you couldn’t care less about customer lists and invoices, but making deposits is a daily event.

You don’t have to accept QuickBooks’ take on convenience. The Home page and the icon bar come with a set of popular shortcuts, but you can add, remove, rearrange, and otherwise edit which program features appear. This chapter covers all your options.

QuickBooks helps you get up and running with built-in business form templates. They’ll do if you have to blast out some invoices. When you finally find a few spare minutes, use them to customize your own templates. You can show the information you want, format the forms, and lay them out to work with your letterhead. Create as many versions as you want. For example, you can create one invoice template to print to your letterhead and another that includes your logo and company name and address for creating electronic invoices that you email. This chapter starts with the most efficient way to create forms—using built-in templates as a foundation for your own forms. But you’ll also learn how to start from scratch.

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