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We are trying to email a QB MAC converted to Windows file to

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We are trying to email a QB MAC converted to Windows file to out accountant. She received it but is unable to open it. Can you help us make a backup and email it again? We could email it to you to see if it can be or is changed to Windows and then email it to the accountant.

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the best way to do that is to use a portable file


You can create a portable file under the file / export menu


you can then import the portable file into windows quickbooks

under file / import


that is the best way to go between different versions of quickbooks

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Did we specify we are using QuickBooks for Mac? When we go to Export under File we are given two options: Lists to IIF File..... and Addresses to Text File...

We're not seeing "portable file"

I am pretty sure that you can do it on the mac as well. But Intuits website has been broken for a week and its hard to get any detailed instructions.


try the file / save

or file / create a copy


otherwise to send a copy to a windows machine the version has to be within 1 year of each other. ie if you had 2011 the accountant would need 2010 2011 or 2009

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Robert, We're not finding any of these options on our Menu Bar under file. On the Mac version it is not listing file/save or file/create a copy.

We think our versions are the same but cannot confirm until tomorrow.

Is it possible that you would have to be looking at this on a Mac as well in order to be able to give us the answer we need?

what year is the mac and what year and version is the windows quickbooks


If I can get that I can find you the best way to do this

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

We have QuickBooks for Mac 2012 and our acct has QB Windows 2012

you should be able to create a backup file for windows

they have to restore that file


if it didn't work the first time

do a verify and rebuild on it

and export it again


it should have a qbb extension


sometimes they just get corrupted either when they are created or in the email process and if you create and email it again it will work

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