The Scoop on Quickbooks Class Tracking

hand-813525_960_720There’s a reason why Quickbooks is the leading choice of accounting software for small-to-mid-sized businesses: it offers a plethora of features and customization options to fit every user’s needs. Among these features is a special tracking system known as “classes,” which we’re going to discuss in today’s blog post.

What are Class Tracking?

Class tracking is a feature in the Quickbooks accounting software that allows users to group items, transactions and other elements according to their reporting needs. Basically, you are “classifying” transactions and items so you can find them more easily in the future. It’s a simple yet highly useful feature that really improves the functionality of Quickbooks, especially for businesses handling lots of transactions and items.

How to Enable Class Tracking

First and foremost, you’ll need to enable class tracking in Quickbooks. This is done by logging into your Quickbooks account and choosing Edit > Preferences > Accounting > Company Preferences > at which point you can tick the “Use class tracking” box to enable this feature. You’ll only have to enable class tracking once, as Quickbooks will automatically remember these settings the next time you log in to your account.

How to Create a Class

Once you’ve enabled class tracking, you’ll want to create a new class to track. This is done by accessing Lists > Class List > create new class (or Ctrl+N). This will bring up a new window with several fields pertaining to the new class. Go ahead and enter a name for your new class and either click “Next” to add another class or “OK” to save the changes and close the window.

How to Use Class Tracking

Class tracking is actually easier to use than most people realize. When creating transactions, the transaction window will reveal a special field dedicated for class tracking. Simply click the drop-down arrow in this field and choose the appropriate class. If the class you wish to use is not listed here, you’ll need to go back and create it using the steps mentioned above. Keep in mind that invoices also have a field for class tracking. Found next to the “Customer:Job field,” it allows users to track invoices based on their preferred system.

Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of Quickbooks class tracking and how it works. Remember, classes provide almost limitless freedom regarding tracking. You can create a class for just about anything, using it to track your transactions and items in the Quickbooks accounting software.

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