Quickbooks: Switching Between Multi and Single-User Mode

hand-813525_960_7202Still trying to figure out how to switch between multi and single-user mode in Quickbooks? If you plan on creating and sending payroll, Intuit recommends single-user mode. But if you’re currently in multi-user mode, you’ll need to change this option. The good news is that you can switch between the different modes in just a few quick and easy steps, which we’re going to walk you through in today’s blog post.

Before we begin, it’s important to note that you can only switch to single-user mode if no one else is logged into your Quickbooks account. If one or more users are currently logged in, you’ll need to ask them to sign out before proceeding.

Assuming all other users are signed out, you can switch to single-user mode by accessing File > Switch to Single-user Mode, or File > Switch to Multi-user Mode. If you don’t see the latter option available — or if it’s grayed out — there’s a good chance that another user is logged into your account, in which case you’ll need to go back and double-check to make sure everyone is signed out. You can repeat these steps, choosing “Multi-user” mode if you want to switch from single-user to multi-user mode.

You should now see a new screen with a set of instructions. Follow these instructions, and when you are finished, it will ask you to log in again. When you log back into your Quickbooks account, you’ll be in single-user mode. Sorry if you were expecting more, but that’s all it takes to switch from single-user to multi-user mode and vise-versa!

Of course, there are other reasons why you should switch to single-user mode in Quickbooks. Certain tasks, for instance, can only be performed in single-user mode. So if you’re currently in multi-user mode, you’ll need to switch before attempting to perform them. These tasks include backing up your data, cleaning up data, exporting data, deleting a list item, setting up finance charges, or performing pretty much any activity involving the Accountant’s copy. When you try to perform one of the aforementioned tasks in multi-user mode, Quickbooks will ask you to switch to single-user mode.

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