QuickBooks Tip: Speed Up QuickBooks Performance

by Lynnea Bylund on November 4, 2010 · 12 comments

certified quickbooks proadvisorRecently a client asked: Our Quickbooks is running slow. What can I do to speed up performance?  There are a number of things you can do to increase performance:

Special thanks to business technologist Gene Marks of the Marks Group P.C. for this quick QuickBooks performance rundown –

1. Set QuickBooks So the Home Page Does Not Show When You Open the File.To change the default setting for each user:

* Log into QuickBooks using each user’s name and password

* Access the User Desktop View preferences

* Uncheck the box that reads, “Show Home page when opening a company file.”

Running the Home page uses system resources each and every time a user opens and closes either the program or each time a user switches from one data file to another. The more access the user has to financial information, the more resources QuickBooks uses to display the Home Page.

2. Set User Preferences to Clear All Open Windows Each Time You Exit QuickBooks.

* Log into QuickBooks using each user’s name and password

* Access the User Desktop View Preferences

* Select the radio button that reads, “Don’t save the desktop.”

If you save the desktop, QuickBooks will reopen every window you used in your previous session, including reports that require a tremendous amount of QuickBooks resources to generate.

3. Turn off Reminders. Unless it is essential for you to view reminders each time you open QuickBooks, edit Reminders User Preferences if necessary to uncheck the box that reads, “Show Reminders list when opening a Company file.”

In addition to Gene’s basic strategy above, QuickBooks expert Mike Block recommends that you also try these things –

Increase main memory to 128 MB minimum, preferably 256 MB for workstations and 512 MB or more for servers. The official QuickBooks minimum main memory is: 2001 – 64 MB; 2002 – 64 MB; 2003 – 96 MB; 2004 – 96 MB. It is NOT the optimal memory to speed up QuickBooks and does not consider how often you have other programs open while running it QuickBooks for your small home business.

Turn off the QuickBooks automatic updates. In Windows XP click Start, All programs, Startup and delete Axelbridge, Axelbridge1, QBAgent, QBDagent, QBDagent1, QBupdate, QBserver or QBupdate, depending on QuickBooks version. In QuickBooks enter File, Update QuickBooks, Options, Turn off Automatic Update. Why should QuickBooks check for updates each time your computer starts, it only updates about 10 times a year? This can really speed up QuickBooks, especially if you are low on memory or do not have open high-speed web access for your small home business.

Edit QuickBooks Preferences. In Accounting, turn off Use audit trail. In Desktop View, do not Show a Navigator and Don’t save the desktop. In General, turn off Warn when editing and Warn when deleting. In Reminders, mark everything Don’t remind me.

Check the QuickBooks file for errors and use our File Repair Procedures if needed. Archive or Condense QuickBooks files annually after reconciling all bank accounts and making sure your audit trail is off. Split Processing with QuickBooks Add-ons, which often record entries in separate databases and only enter occasional summary entries in QuickBooks. See our free accounting software and free QuickBooks downloads to speed up QuickBooks for your small home business.

Increase CPU speed to 2+ GH and drives to EIDE or better. New computers are about four times as fast as four year old computers, so you save time and money as you speed up QuickBooks and most other programs for your small home business. You also often need new computers to run the latest powerful time-saving programs.

Optimize computers by defragging (optimizing) hard drives and making sure you have more than 10 percent of hard drives free. Use programs like Ad-ware for spyware, ZoneAlarm for security, and Norton System Works for Windows cleanup and viruses. Delete old e-mail. Let a disk cleanup program safely delete old files, including those in your recycle bin (after you back up).


1 Stacy November 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Hah! Great tip for QuickBooks!

2 Leontine Mccarl December 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Wow, my QuickBooks is running faster now. Thanks for the tips!

3 QuestJonny February 21, 2011 at 4:34 am

Much faster now, much thanks!

4 Hal Sempter February 21, 2011 at 5:15 am

I used them, they worked, my QB is much faster! Thank you!

5 JohnS February 27, 2011 at 10:29 am

Great tip – our Quickbooks is running 300% faster. Thanks!

6 Pamela February 28, 2011 at 5:46 am

It worked! Thank you so much!

7 Leigh Schneeman March 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Nice post! This really helps me to find the answers to my question. QuickBooks is much faster! Than you so much.

8 Wade Razinger March 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

Very good tip – I never knew that my QB was slow until now … its fast! Thank YOU!

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10 Euro Arfolyam May 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Nice post ! Thank you for share !

11 Hazard King May 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

Our Quickbooks speed is markedly increased thanks to this post. Much thanks and ananda!

12 Web Gal May 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Nice! Great article! We had this problem with our Quickbooks and now its fixed! Merci from France!

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