How to Change the QuickBooks 2014 Desktop View - dummies

How to Change the QuickBooks 2014 Desktop View

By Stephen L. Nelson

QuickBooks 2014’s My Preferences tab of the Desktop View Preferences dialog box provides View radio buttons — One Window and Multiple Windows — that let you indicate whether QuickBooks should use one window or multiple windows for displaying all its information. The Multiple Windows option looks like older versions of Microsoft Windows.

With multiple windows, an application such as QuickBooks displays multiple floating document windows within the application program window. If you have a question about how this works, your best bet is to simply try both view settings.


The Desktop radio buttons let you specify whether and when QuickBooks should save the current appearance, or view, of the desktop. You can select the Save When Closing Company radio button to tell QuickBooks that it should save the view of the desktop when you close a company.

When you reopen a company, QuickBooks reuses this desktop view. You can also select the Save Current Desktop radio button to tell QuickBooks to save the current view and then reuse this view when QuickBooks later opens. If you don’t want to make changes to the default desktop view, select the Don’t Save the Desktop radio button.

The Desktop check boxes let you specify whether QuickBooks should display the QuickBooks home page and use colored icons and a light background for the top icon bar. If you select a check box, QuickBooks adds the home page or tweaks the icon bar coloring.

The Windows Settings buttons let you access the Windows Display Properties and Windows Sounds Properties settings. Typically, you would make changes to Windows Display Properties and Windows Sounds Properties by using the Control Panel tools. However, you can also make changes from within QuickBooks by using these two buttons. (In actuality, when you click these buttons, QuickBooks just starts the Control Panel tools.)

If you have questions about how the Windows Display Properties or Sounds Properties work, refer to the Windows Help file.

The Company Preferences available for the Desktop View Preferences let you specify what icons appear on the QuickBooks home page.


The Customers set of check boxes, for example, lets you specify which customer-related accounting tasks are available via icons on the home page. The Vendors check box lets you specify whether you want to enter and pay bills using the Enter Bills and Pay Bills command.

Near the bottom of the Company Preferences tab of the Desktop View Preferences dialog box, QuickBooks supplies hyperlinks you can click to turn on and off the display of other accounting task icons.