How to Set a Closing Date and Password in QuickBooks Desktop For Windows and MAC?

As the new -year begins; QuickBooks users choose to close their books. However, it is not necessary to close the […]

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As the new -year begins; QuickBooks users choose to close their books. However, it is not necessary to close the book at the end of every fiscal year however doing so will prevent the user from accidental modifications that may affect the report in the future. Additionally, QuickBooks Desktop gives the access to the users to set the closing date and password since any amendments to the previous books needs the password. Learn how to Set a Closing Date and Password in QuickBooks Desktop For Windows and MAC.

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If it is required, users can make the changes in the closing date or closing date password. We will assist our users in case if they do not have any idea about how to change closing date password in QuickBooks.

This article guides our users about how to change closing date password in QuickBooks Online and Desktop for both Windows and Mac users.

How to Terminate the Changes to Past Books in QuickBooks Desktop by making use of a Closing Date and Password.

When a new year starts, we recommend our user to close the books in QuickBooks Desktop. If the user does not require doing this at the end of a calendar year, closing the books at the end of the year will stop any random changes which will affect the reports.

What is the Definition of Closing Date, and How does the user Set It?

Date which shows all over on which the books have been closed is termed as Closing Date. Usually, books are examined closed after they have been judged, all adjusting entries have been made, and reporting has been completed to investors, lenders, or tax authorities.

It’s used to save data from inadvertent modification by making it crucial – but not impossible – for the user to change or delete transactions on or prior to the closing date. Contrary other accounting systems which require the user to shut the books and make it impossible to add, change, or delete transactions in closed periods, QuickBooks offers the flexibility for the users to restrict access to periods users or their accountant have determined are closed and to later remove which access restriction, a process commonly called “re-opening the books”.

It’s important to understand that setting a Closing Date does not result in recording the transactions; QuickBooks automatically makes certain adjustments, like as increasing the Retained Earnings account by the amount of the prior year’s net income on the first day of the fiscal year. The Closing Date is just an access limitation. Users can control how strict that restriction is by whether user set a Closing Date Password.

For setting the Closing Date, hit on the Accounting sub-menu of Edit->Preferences. Then, menu selection and select the Company Preferences tab. Now you will be able to see the current Closing Date, if there is any as mentioned in the below screenshot.

Company Preferences tab

Click on the Set Date/Password button to spot the Set Closing Date & Password Window as shown in the below given screenshot.

Set Closing Date & Password

Like many functions in QuickBooks, there are multiple ways to get to this similar point. The Company–>Set-up the Closing Date. Menu choice will take the user to the window to make this setting. User can also hit on the Company–>Set Up Users and Passwords–>Set Up Users. Menu selection following by hitting on the Closing Date button as mentioned in the below screenshot.

Closing Date button

With either method, Users will End up at the Set Closing Date & Password Window

Users can set or amend the Closing Date and the Closing Date Password on this window. If the user attempts to put the transaction along with a date on or prior to the Closing Date, QuickBooks will show either a warning or a confirmation window, depending on whether user set a Closing Date Password. If the user sets a Closing Date Password, he/she will be required to first correctly enter it to record the transaction.

Below is the screenshot of the warning which user will come across while attempting to record a transaction dated on or prior to the Closing Date if the user does not enter a Closing Date Password:

Attempting to Record a Transaction

User will still be able to record the transaction by hitting yes. The access limitation is clearly pushing an additional step.

Here’s the more strict limitation user will see while attempting to record a transaction dated on or prior to the Closing Date if user enters a password:

Closing Date if User Enters a Password

Users are required to enter the password correctly to record the entry, so the access limitation is higher.

QuickBooks Administrator or a user with external Accountant privileges who have the right to set QuickBooks preferences, it is impossible for users in absence of those giant advantage to first get rid of the Closing Date or amend the Closing Date Password to bypass the access limitation. This insures that, when combined with user limitations, the Closing Date limitations are effective.

In QuickBooks Desktop, user can set a closing date and password. This way, any changes to the past books will require a password. Here’s how.

Kindly know that user is required to sign in as the admin to edit or remove the date & password.

How to Amend Closing Date in QuickBooks Desktop For Windows?

To amend the closing date in QuickBooks accounting software, users are required to get into the account as an administrator. Only a user with admin rights can have the access to amend or edit the closing date and password.

If the users are using QuickBooks Desktop on a Windows computer, it is effortless to amend the closing date. Users need to navigate to the Company menu, after that click on the Set Closing Date option, and now choose the Set Date/Password, and finally press the OK button.

For comprehensive instructions, users are required to adhere the following steps:

  • On a Windows system user are required to navigate to the “QuickBooks Desktop“.
  • Then, navigate to the “Company” menu.
  • Once you are there in the Company menu, now click on the “Set Closing Date” option.
  • At this point, users are required to select the “Set Date/Password” option.
  • Later, in the “Closing Date“, you are required to write the appropriate date.
  • In the same way, users can add the password in the “Closing Date Password“.
  • Once all the above steps are done, hit on the “OK” button to save the details.

Users might get the notification while cancelling the check which has an expense account type or date of the entry prior to the date of closing. At this point, users can hit on the Yes button. Doing so, QuickBooks will start creating the two Journal Entries. This will balance the accounts which are affected by the checks.

Kindly know that this is important to know that this should be noted that creating the Journal Entry in QuickBooks is optional. However, users can cancel the check if needed.

How to Amend Closing Date in QuickBooks Desktop For MAC?

QuickBooks for Mac lets the user set or amend the closing date or closing date password. The procedure of QuickBooks amends the closing date requires the user to go through the Company section. From here, users can hit on the Users and Passwords option. Here, users can hit on the Set Closing Date, write the Closing Date or Closing date Password and save the features.

To learn how to amend closing date password in QuickBooks for Mac, users can check out the step-by-step guide:

  • Login to the “QuickBooks for Mac“.
  • Go to the “Company” menu.
  • Once you reached to the company menu now you are required to switch to the “Users and Passwords” button.
  • At this stage you are required to hit on the “Set Closing Date” option from the “Users and Passwords” section.
  • Here, users can amend the closing date in the “Closing Date” option.
  • Here at this stage, write the password in the “Closing Date Password” substitute.
  • To save details, do not forget to hit on the “OK” button.

Post performing these given steps, users can shut the Users and Passwords window, Hence forward, users can use the date and password which they have updated newly.

How to amend the Closing Date Password in QuickBooks Online?

Here we will provide you the detailed steps for how to amend the closing date password in QuickBooks Online. However, please be ensure that you have logged in into the QuickBooks account as a company or primary administrator. Only a user with administrator access has the rights to make the changes in the closing date and closing date password.

  • Hit on the “Settings” menu in QuickBooks Online.
  • Here, move to the “Company Settings“.
  • Click on the “Advanced” tab.
  • Select the “Edit” button in the “Accounting” section.
  • Now, edit the closing date.
  • You are required to enter the new closing date password if you wish to edit the password.
  • Post confirmation of the password, users are required to hit on the “Save” button and after that hit the “Done” option.

This is how user can amend the closing date and closing date password in QuickBooks Online very easily. Users can run the Exception to closing date report if they wish to track the changes made after closing the books. This report will help to view all the changes which they have made post the closing of the accounting books.

To get the amendments, you can go to the Report tab. Post this, users are required to add the Exceptions to Closing Date in the search option. Here, users can open the report to view the amendments.

If the wish to stop the changes to the past books in the QuickBooks account then it is advisable to use the closing date and password. Users who do not have any idea about it, this module will be helpful for them. In this article, all the explanation is given for changing the closing date password in QuickBooks Online & Desktop on Windows and Mac. By viewing the Exception to Closing Date report, users can verify the changes made recently.

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