It’s ironic: A command in QuickBooks that you think will keep it healthy sometimes makes it sick.

I refer to the Rebuild Data command. You access it through File / Utilities / Rebuild Data. But wait, don’t click and launch it just yet!

Sometimes, in our opinion, the Rebuild Data command can damage a QuickBooks file to the point of being irrepairable.

The specific problem to avoid is one where the rebuild command disconnects payments from invoices or bills. This changes balances and is really hard to correct afterwards. See details about this problem here.

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The Verify Data command, on the other hand, is harmless. You access it through File / Utilities / Verify Data.

The moral of the story is to verify often, but rebuild only as needed. And when you rebuild, check the results afterwards to make sure it didn’t make something worse (particularly A/R and A/P accounts).

Some users run the Rebuild Data command as a frequent, routine procedure on their file. We do not recommend that. But verifying your file frequently is a great idea.

RELATED: How Can I Keep My File from Getting Redamaged?

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QuickBooks 2015 is a great version. But it’s quickly going away.

Every May, Intuit retires their oldest supported version, to keep their three version support window in sync. So QuickBooks 2015 (all desktop editions) will have “service discontinued” (AKA “sunsetted”) after May 31, 2018.

I thought version 2015 was an unusually stable version, from the point of view of one who sees a lot of QuickBooks data problems.

Note: If you are not using any add-on services to QuickBooks 2015, you will still be able to use the QuickBooks 2015 software. But there will no longer be live support available for it through Intuit.

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Hasta la vista, QuickBooks 2015!

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