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The popularity of QuickBooks software is increasing immensely with time. QuickBooks is used in mostly every medium-sized and small-sized industry to keep a track of the monetary growth of the company. Qbw files are very common for the QuickBooks users but some of the users are confused about what qbw files are and how to use them. For most users, they believe that if you want to access the qbw file, then you need to open the QuickBooks software. To clear this myth, we have come up with this technical blog to make you understand about the qbw files in QuickBooks and how to open the qbw files without Quickbooks. Read the article till the end to know everything about the Qbw files in QuickBooks. We have mentioned two different ways that you can use to open qbw file without QuickBooks with the steps associated with each method. 

open qbw file without Quickbooks

Brief about the Qbw file in QuickBooks

Qbw file in QuickBooks can be used for various purposes. Qbw file is the foundation of the Quickbooks software. It is simply an extension that means whenever you save a file in the QuickBooks software then it will be saved with the .qbw extension by default. The qbw file can contain anything like images, data, financial reports and templates. These files are very crucial for the working of the Quickbooks and hence it is always advised to create a backup of the file .qbw files. Creating the backup of these files can save a lot of trouble that you can face while encountering an error in the QuickBooks.

Read more:- Create backup file in quickbooks desktop

Steps to open qbw file without QuickBooks

Carry out the stepwise process as it is mentioned below to open qbw file without QuickBooks and without facing any errors while doing so. Read the steps carefully:

  • The initial step is to go to the start menu in your system.
  • Next, you will be needed to click on the all program option and then look for the intuit folder.
  • In the folder, you will have to look for the QuickBooks file and then you are needed to click on the same.
  • Now, you will be needed to click on the customer’s choice and then go to the customer center and then click on it.
  • If you want to open the qbw file without QuickBooks, then you will have to convert the file to Excel format.

open a qbw file without quickbooks

  • First, you will have to go to the export excel option and then click on the Export option.
  • Now the Export is completed, you will have to import the file in Excel.
  • You will have to open the Excel application.
  • In the Excel application, you will have to choose the data option and then go to the other resources option.

how do i open a qbw file without quickbooks

  • Once done, you will be needed to find the file that you have to import to Excel. Once found, click on the file and it will be then opened in the Excel software.
  • Now, whenever you want to access the qbw file without QuickBooks you can access it through Excel.
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Modify the QuickBooks qbx file to the qbw file

The other method to open a QuickBooks file without using the QuickBooks software is by converting the file. Carry out the stepwise process mentioned below:

  •  The initial step is to open the company file that you want to open without QuickBooks.
  • You will be then needed to choose the option for sending the company file and then choose the option for the accountant.
  • After this, you will have to click on the convert accountant copy option.
  • Once done, you will be required to select the location where you want to store the file that you have converted.
  • After this, you have to press on Ok and it will then start the conversion process and save the file.
  • You can then access the file from that location.


So these were the steps that you need to follow if you want open qbw file without QuickBooks. We hope that you are benefitted from the article and it was worth reading. In case you still want to talk to a technical expert, you can call us at QuickBooks support. Hopefully, the article helped you to resolve your concern. Although if you still have any concerns, our experts are available to help you with it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How do I open a QuickBooks file for free?

It is quite easy to open QuickBooks files for free. First of all, you need to log in to your QuickBooks account and then go to the Company file. Now you just need to click on the open file option and your work is done. 

Q2. Can you convert the QuickBooks file to Excel?

Yes, you can convert a QuickBooks file to Excel. For this, you will need to select the report and then click on the export option. After this, you can export the report to Excel.  

Q3. How can you open a QuickBooks report in Microsoft Excel?

Here is how you can open a QuickBooks report in Microsoft Excel: 

  • Open your QuickBooks account and then tap on the “Reports” option.
  • Now select the report that you want to open. 
  • You will see an Export button at the top of the report. 
  • Click on the Export option and then select Export to Excel

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