How to Change Date Format in Quickbooks

calendars-pencils-monthly-2444-ltLooking to change the date format in Quickbooks? While most users prefer the default date format, others prefer a different solution. Thankfully, Quickbooks gives you the option to choose your preferred date format. Changing it is relatively simple and should take no more than a coupe minutes of your time. Now let’s take a closer look at how to change the date format in Quickbooks.

If you look in your actual Quickbooks account, you won’t see an option to change the date format. This often leads to confusion among users who are wishing to change their format. Just because Quickbooks doesn’t have an “internal” option to adjust the date format doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t be done.

According to Intuit’s own website, Quickbooks uses the same format dates as Windows. Therefore, you’ll need to adjust your date formats in Windows to have them reflected in your Quickbooks account. If you are using Windows XP, click the Start menu > Settings > Control Panel > double-click Regional Settings and Language Options > Customize > Date > select the date format you want in the Short date field and click OK. The next time you run Quickbooks, it should use the newly specified date format instead of the default settings.

If you run Quickbooks on Windows 7 PC, the process for adjusting your date format is similar but with a few different steps. Access the Control Panel once again > Regional and Language Options > and choose the format regional language that you would like to use under the Formats tab. Next, adjust the date format to your preference and click the Apply button. It’s important to note that this setting applies for the Short date, Long date and First day of the week.

In order to customize the date format further, you’ll need to click on the Date tab. Here you’ll have access to new customization options. Feel free to play around with the date formats to find the one that’s best suited for your particular needs. When you are finished click OK to close the window and once more to exit the options.

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