There has been quite a bit of discussion about the new look for 2013. I have a client that raved about it, but I know of countless QuickBooks professionals who are extremely unhappy, so Intuit has listened and is beginning to address some of those concerns. So if you have 2013 and do not like the new look, you might like some of the adjustments. I will admit that while I’m not a fan of the new look, such as field labels that were extremely hard to see, the white icons on a black background, and no way to visually separate company files, I have really liked having most tasks now only one click away instead of two or three. I find that it does help me be more productive while working in QuickBooks. So yes, even for pros such as myself, there is always room to improve and get work done faster!
So here are the two changes Intuit made for appearance.
Alternate Icon Bar
You can now have an icon bar (on top) with colored icons and a light colored background. Simply click on Edit > Preferences > Desktop View > My Preferences > Switch to colored icons/light background
Colored Differentiator Flags
If you work in multiple company files, being able to have different colors for different companies was a very helpful way to keep them straight. With the R4 patch release, the way to identify different company files is with a colored flag. Personally, I don’t think that’s enough – you have to make a concerted effort to look at the flag, but it’s a start. I’m hoping Intuit continues to work on this. In the meantime, to add the flag, click on Edit > Preferences > Desktop View > My Preferences and select the color you want to use for the company file.
To learn which patch you are currently using, press F2 (or Ctrl-1). Top line will tell you the version of QuickBooks.
Contact the office if you have any problems updating your QuickBooks or if you are still having issues with 2013.