Have you created a portable QuickBooks company file but you are not able to open it? Well, you don’t have to worry at all as this article will help you to fix portable company file issues in QuickBooks Desktop.

While creating or opening a portable company file (.qbm), you may get an error message. However, there’s nothing to worry about because this situation is quite common. However, you are still required to perform several solution steps in order to get rid of the issue. You can perform the steps provided in this article. After performing these steps, you will be able to create a copy of your main file and use it for creating a portable company file.

Step 1: Create a manual copy of your company file

You might be facing issues with your company file because of some basic reasons such as some issues with your company file’s location. You can create a copy of your original company file and then try to create a portable file.

  • Press Windows + E keys to open the File Explorer.
  • Go to the folder where your company file is located.

Now, you need to perform the steps below mentioned according to the situation when you received the error.

If you were creating a portable company file

  1. Locate the original QuickBooks Company File (.QBW).
  2. Highlight the company file and press CTRL + C to copy.
  3. Go to the desktop and press CTRL + V to paste.
  4. Run QuickBooks without opening the company file.
  5. From the File menu, choose Opening or restore an existing file and then select Open a company file.
  6. Now, select the company file you copied to the desktop.
  7. Once the file is open, go to File and then select Create Copy.
  8. Click on Portable Company File and then Next.
  9. Perform on-screen prompts to create the portable company file.

If the company file is created without showing any error, the location that stores your original company file has an issue. You can use the copied company file as your main company file. You have to rename your old QuickBooks Company File so that both the files do not clash with each other.

If any error shows up, go to the next step directly.

If you were restoring a portable company file

  1. Locate the portable QuickBooks company file (QBM)
  2. Highlight the company file and press CTRL + C to copy.
  3. Go to the desktop and press CTRL + V to paste.
  4. Run QuickBooks without opening the company file.
  5. From the File menu, choose Opening or restore an existing file and then select Restore a portable file.
  6. Now, select the company file you copied to the desktop.

If the portable file opens up without showing any error, you can start using the portable company file. You can use it to move your account data. You have to rename your old QuickBooks Company File so that both the files do not clash with each other.

If any error shows up, go to the next step directly.

Step 2: Open a sample company file

If you receive any error, you can open a sample company file that shows you if there’s a bigger issue with your company file or not.

  1. Run QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. From the File menu, choose Open a Sample File.
  3. You need to create a portable company from the sample company file.
  4. Save the portable company file to the desktop.
  5. From the File menu, choose Close Company/Logoff.
  6. Now, open the portable company file that you created in the sample company.

If the file can be restored without any issue, the problem might be with your original QuickBooks Company File. In such situations, you need to resolve data damage on your company file.

The above two solutions should be sufficient for you to fix the portable company issue in QuickBooks Desktop. However, if the error could not be resolved with the steps provided in this article, you need to connect with the QuickBooks Data Services team of getsupportnumber.com to get instant help for your QB errors and issues.

Fix Portable Company File Issues In QuickBooks Desktop

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