How to Work with QuickBooks Labs - dummies

By Elaine Marmel

If you’ve been working with QuickBooks Online, you might be wondering about the QuickBooks Labs option on the Gear menu. Intuit calls QuickBooks Labs its “high-tech playground.” If you’re adventurous, check out the lab and turn on experimental features to see how they work.

In most cases, features you find in QuickBooks Labs eventually become part of QBO.

For example, the collapsible Navigation bar was a QuickBooks Labs feature and therefore didn’t appear by default. Here’s how you turn on a QuickBooks Labs feature:

  1. Log into your company.

  2. Click Gear→QuickBooks Labs.

    The QuickBooks Labs window appears.

    Use this page to turn on features not yet available by default in QuickBooks.
    Use this page to turn on features not yet available by default in QuickBooks.

    Note that you can provide feedback on QuickBooks Labs features. The more positive feedback a feature receives, the more likely that feature will become a standard part of QBO.

  3. Check out the features available and, for any you want to try, click the Off button.

    The Off button changes to the On button.

  4. When you finish turning on features, click Done.

    Your QBO company reappears, with the features you selected enabled.

You might need to refresh the browser page to see the new features you chose to make available. Click your browser’s Refresh button or press F5 on your keyboard.

For example, enable the Collapsible Left Navigation bar feature. Then click the arrow just below the commands on the Navigation bar, and the bar collapses, as shown. To expand the bar, click the arrow again.

Using an experimental feature from QuickBooks Labs to collapse the Navigation bar.
Using an experimental feature from QuickBooks Labs to collapse the Navigation bar.