How To Open A QBB File Without QuickBooks in Excel

Wondering how to open a qbb file without QuickBooks in Excel? Not to worry. Read this article, to know what is qbb file and how to open it, and what is the difference between qbw, qbb, and qbm files. Apart from this, we’ll also show you methods to import qbb file into QuickBooks Online, and much more. For any query or help contact our certified expert here: +1-844-405-0904

There might be many reasons why you want to open the QuickBooks file without using QuickBooks. Switching to a different account application is one of the most common reasons. 

Well, there is no straightforward method to open qbb files. But, there are some tricky methods using which you can perform the task of opening the QuickBooks company file without the QuickBooks app. 

You can open the QuickBooks file in the Microsoft Excel application on your system without facing many difficulties.

Before we discuss how to open a QuickBooks backup file, let us first discuss what is the main difference between QuickBooks QBW, QBB, and QBM files.

Functions of QuickBooks Files

What is the main difference in QuickBooks qbw, qbb, qbx and qbm file

As there are different data or backup file formats in QuickBooks. You can choose according to your choice which is the best option for you. 

QBW File: Generally QBW file is your actual working data file. And this is the most important and useful QuickBooks data file in your system.

If you are looking at a QBW file in Windows, then simply type “QuickBooks Company File”. There will only be one of those for your company name.

Note: You will also get a file  yourcompanyname.QBW, where the Type is “Data Source Name”. Which means this file is not your actual file.

QBB File: QBB File is the regular backup file in QuickBooks for the Backup Company/Create Local Backup command. And basically, this is more important than the main QBW File. This file also contains the contents of the TLG file too which is the reason why these files are more important.

QBX File: QBX file contains the duplicate copy of every one of the accountants in QuickBooks. This extension (.qbx) is used by the users for sending a duplicate file of the company to the accountant.

QBM File: QBM Files are portable files, that are a kind of backup files generated with QuickBooks Create Copy… / Portable company file command. Generally, these files are actually smaller than the main QBW files; they contain only 20% of the main file. Because indexing in this file is totally removed. But you will get everything when you restored this file. So, this file is best suited when you want to transfer QuickBooks data to your colleagues. We always request the clients to upload this file format for data repair, super condense, and Enterprise downgrade work.

Steps to Open a qbb File without QuickBooks in Excel

QuickBooks backup files (.QBB) are the most common or simplest method that we use to receive data from clients. So there are simple and short instructions that are helpful in sending data..  

The given below solution will help you to open QuickBooks files without using the QuickBooks Program and still, you can easily able to read the data in the file. 

  1. Open the company file in the QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Click on the File tab, and choose the Open tab to open the file.
  3. If not able to find the file Browse the company file using .qbb extension and select Open.
  4. Then select Switch to Single-User Mode in the File tab.
  5. Choose the File tab again and click on the Export option.
  6. Click on Send the Report to a New Excel Spreadsheet and select OK.
  7. Now QuickBooks will open your Company file in the Excel spreadsheet. 
  8. Click on “Save as” in the File tab and mention the name by which you want to save the file.
  9. Choose the file location and click Save

Steps to Open a qbw File without QuickBooks in Excel

  • First, go to the Start button > All Programs now you see a list of programs on your screen, and look for Intuit to launch it.
  • After launching Intuit, you need to select the QB company file that you need to export from your QuickBooks. Right-click on the company file and choose open. If required, Insert the username & password. After accessing you have to choose the Customer Centre.
  • Now choose the Excel option to import qbw file to Excel, after that choose Export Excel. Here you must give the file name and also the destination where you want to save the file. After that select the Export option.
  • The Excel file you exported in the previous step has to be opened. If by any chance, your Excel file version is out of date, you must select the Excel file again. Next, you will have to import the file. To perform this activity, you will need Excel 2010 or later. If you have the latest version of MS Excel to open a QBW file without QuickBooks, it will be called Best.
  • After following the above steps, that is, you have imported the file, and now you have to go for the tab data. After selecting tab data, then you can go to the tab other resources.
  • To open QBW files without QuickBooks, search for the QBW file that usually appears in the window. By any chance, if you cannot find the QBW file you are looking for, then you will have to search for the file.
  • Finally, you will be able to open the QBW file easily without QuickBooks. As you have identified the file, you will have to run new QBW files.

How To Import QuickBooks (.qbb) file into Excel

Note: Not to worry older versions of Excel will also work.

  1. First open Excel
  2. Go to the File option and choose the Import option.
  3. Click on the Data tab, and select From Other Sources option.
  4. Search for a .qbb file on the Import window.
  5. And convert the QuickBooks file to Excel. 
  6. Open the.qbb file.

Note: If you are required to locate the file, then search for it. qbb.

Follow the above steps carefully and you will be able to open the QuickBooks company file in the excel spreadsheet. There may be an instant chance that you might face issues. One of them is when you try to open an old company file in the updated version of QuickBooks that time you may face an error. So try to open the upgraded version of the company file.

How To Restore a .qbb file in QuickBooks

Make sure you are using the same version of QuickBooks to restore the file as it was backed up in is supported and if you are trying to restore the backup file (qbb) with an older version of QuickBooks then you may face the issue. 

Restoring QBB ( QuickBooks Backup) file

  • First, locate the file which is restored. This file may be saved in a system’s hard disk (which may not be suggested because of a hard disk crash issues and you may lose data),  an external hard drive, a recordable CD, or a USB drive.

Note: Ensure that removable media used to back up your file is inserted into the system.

  • Then open QuickBooks go to the File menu and select Open or Restore Company.
  • Choose Restore a backup copy and go to Next.
  • Choose Local backup and select Next.
  • And select a.QBB file you want to restore from the Open Backup Copy window and click on the Look in feature to locate your file.
  • Select Open and Next.

Note: If you want to restore a backup company file from the removable media then QuickBooks will provide you with the location where you can store that file. This is completed by clicking on “Save in” and choosing the correct folder to store the data on the hard drive. By chance, if you are facing an error while backup the company file then read this article QuickBooks unable to back up company file.

  • If you require then click in the Save in the drop-down arrow and search for a location where you want to restore the file.
  • Choose the backup file and select Save and give the response for a message QuickBooks may be displayed. 

After importing import QuickBooks qbb file into excel you can easily open and read that file. But if you are facing issues while opening a qbx file. Then follow these points. 

How to open a QBX file without QuickBooks

Open Qbx file;Open a qbb File Without QuickBooks
  • Firstly you have to go to QBX file.
  • Then the next step is to move your cursor on the file and right-click on it.
  • After that, you need to open the file in excel and then select the excel option.
  • If there is any problem while opening the file in the excel sheet then go to the file menu.
  • Then next is to click on the import option.
  • Now you have to choose other sources to open the file.
  • The next step is to open the import page and then choose the .qbb file.
  • Now you can convert the QuickBooks file to excel.
  • Finally, you have to open the .qbb file.

Sometimes you face an issue in opening QBX file while converting to a normal QBW file.

  1. First, open a particular file (QBX or QBA).
  2. Select the File menu then click on the Accountant’s Copy in the Send Company File.
  3. Choose Convert Accountant’s Copy to Company File/QBW and Ok.
  4. Select the location where you want to save the converted file and then Save it.
  5. And click on Ok.

Why QBX file is needed to convert in QBW or QBA file?

Basically QBW and QBA files are the regular files of the QuickBooks so QBX file is needed to convert into these files. QBA and QBW files are also easily accessible and can open without QuickBooks. Due to this feature you have to convert the QBX file into QBW or QBA to access the data in the excel. You have also the option to modify the file if converted into QBW or QBA.

How to open qbm file without QuickBooks

Follow the below steps to open qbm file without QuickBooks

  • Go to the start menu and click on all program
  • Later, keep on scrolling down and look for intuit and click on it.
  • And now click on Quickbooks
  • Select open and insert the password if required
  • Now, you have to agree for a customer, vendor, employees
  • Now, go to the customer center at the top of your screen
  • Click on the excel option
  • Later, click on export excel and next click on export
  • Now you can open the exported file in excel
  • Next, search for a QBM file

If your QuickBooks cannot use the path to open the company file then you can read this article to fix this issue when QuickBooks won’t open company file or when the QuickBooks won’t open.

How To Convert A QBB File Into A QBW File

Here we’ll discuss the steps to convert .qbb file into .qbw file.

  • The first step is to open QuickBooks in your system. If not installed then download it and install it on your computer to proceed further.
  • Now you have to update the company file from the menu bar by clicking on the File.
  • Then there is a pop menu open on the screen, you have to click on Open or Restore Company.
  • Next, you have to choose Restore a backup copy from the dialog box.
  • Then this will help you to open a new window where you can choose where to store your backup file.
  • Now new window will open where you have to select Local Backup.
  • Then search the qbb file you want to convert and select it from the stored place.
  • Now a location will be requested for saving the qbw file. You can save it anywhere on your computer as you wish but save it where you won’t forget to pick it up again.
  • After choosing a place for the QBW file a name prompt will open where you need to give a file name.
  • After doing the above steps you need to click on Save to start the converting process. All the data from the QBB file will be extracted and saved in the new QBW file.
  • Finally, after conversion, you can open the QBW file that is converted from the QBB file. For this, you have to open your QuickBooks and from the file menu select Open or Restore Company and then click on Open a company file enter a location choose a qbb file, and click on Open. Your converted Qbb file is open now.

Note* Be careful always while converting your QBB file into QBW. If you have never done this before and are confused about the steps for converting then always call the QuickBooks support number where the team help you to do this flawlessly.

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