Have you ever noticed all of the QuickBooks files on your computer and wondered what they all are or if you really need them? A lot of people would say no, but there are a few nerds out there like me and just have to know…for you people, this is for you. Let me also so say, you don’t have to be a nerd to need to know this information.
The following paragraph refers to QuickBooks Backup files and QuickBooks Working files…if you use QuickBooks at all, you NEED to know this stuff…you HAVE to know this stuff. I will move on to backing up in the next post.
We mainly use 3 of them or refer to the on a pretty regular basis. Those those 3 are .qbw, .qbb, & .qbm files – they are QuickBooks Working Files, QuickBooks Backup Files, & QuickBooks Portable Company file respectively. There are a host of other file extensions or file types that QuickBooks uses that you’ll see from time to time, here is a list of those extensions if you ever find yourself curious about the QB files on your computer.
|.AIF||Accountant’s review copy (import file)||Accountant’s copy Import File. Created when Accountant’s copy is exported; to be used for importing into user’s company file.|
|.BDB||Timer backup file.||A backup file created when the user backs up time data in the QuickBooks Pro Timer.|
|.BMP||Windows Bitmap file||These files contain bitmapped images used by QuickBooks.|
|.BPW||Business Planner file||QuickBooks Business Planner data file. Not backed up with the company file, so must be separately copied to backups.|
|.DES||Form design template file||This file type is created when you export a form design from the templates list.|
|.DOC||Word Documents||Word documents for the write letters function.|
|.IIF||Intuit Interchange Format file||You can import and export lists and/or transactions using text files with an .IIF extension. Using IIF files is no longer recommended. Instead, the QuickBooks SDK is used by applications to read and write data between QuickBooks and other applications. See http://marketplace.intuit.com.|
|.INI||Configuration file||Configuration files that support online banking.|
|.LDB||MS Access file for Timer data.||A Microsoft Access file needed for the *.TDB file.|
|.LGB||Little Green Box||This file contains encrypted information about user names and passwords. It is used when an SDK application connects to the company file and needs to open it in the unattended mode. The user name and password is needed to open the connection with the Sybase server.|
|.LMR||Loan Manager Data||This file is created by the Loan Manager, and keeps information about loans. Not backed up with the company file, so must be separately copied to backups.|
|.ND||QuickBooks Network Data File||A configuration file that allows access to the QuickBooks company file. Do not delete this configuration file.|
|.NPC||Online Banking File (obsolete)||An online banking format used by previous versions of QuickBooks. It was superseded by OFX and is no longer supported by financial institutions.|