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QuickBooks® 2013 R6: Now Available in Color!

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March 27th 2013 by Jacint Tumacder

When we approached development of QuickBooks® 2013, we focused our efforts on the number one request we heard from QuickBooks users: make it easier to use so you can work more efficiently.

We made thoughtful choices around the colors to improve the navigation. For example, we used of darker colors to recede particular areas, and introduced color contrast and font size differentiation to help you know where to focus and navigate through the workflow.

While many of you told us you like the new visual design in QuickBooks 2013, a number of you also told us that you have the following issues:

You Spoke … We Listened!

In December 2012, we released R4 that added an option for a colored icon bar and introduced a colored “flag” to help you differentiate between different client files. The colored icon bar was a welcome change, and while the flags feature provided a solution for some of you, others told us it was not “robust” enough, so we explored other options that would better address your needs.

I’m happy to announce that in QuickBooks R6 we’ve re-introduced color schemes. Here’s what it looks like.

BEFORE … QuickBooks with the Black & White Icon Bar and Default Color Scheme

AFTER … QuickBooks with the Colored Icon Bar and Blue Color Scheme

Multiple Colors Schemes to Choose From

If the default colors QuickBooks uses have too much contrast for you, you can now choose from 14 color schemes to find one that better suits you. Customizing the color scheme in QB 2013 changes the color frame for ALL windows in QuickBooks, including the program window frame making it even easier to differentiate between companies, especially when you have two companies open at the same time.

Where to Find the Preference for Switching to the Colored Icon Bar and Changing Color Schemes

After updating your file to R6 go the menu bar and select Edit, Preferences, Desktop View, and the My Preferences tab.

How to Update to R6

To update to R6, go to the Intuit® QuickBooks Support Product Updates page.

As always, we want to hear what you like about QuickBooks and what aspects can be improved for future releases. You can contact us at any time through QuickBooks support or by calling (888) 222-7276 Monday- Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, PT.

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  • About Jacint Tumacder

    Jacint Tumacder Jacint Tumacder is the Senior Product Manager for QuickBooks Accountant. He is based at Intuit's headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Jacint has worked on QuickBooks since day 1 when he joined Intuit in 1992 as a tech support rep on the initial team that supported the very first version of QuickBooks. See all of Jacint's articles…

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