Open multiple company files sumultaneously

Discussion in 'Microsoft Accounting' started by Omni, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Omni

    Omni Guest

    I run several companies and would like to be able to have open more than one
    company file/instance at a time. This is also handy if you use the same
    program for business as you do personal and would like both of those open and
    then just toggle back and forth. Quickbooks Pro does not have this feature
    and that is a real hassle. In QB you must actually exit one company and then
    open another. QBs lame work around is to tell you to have two PCs on you
    desk and set them up for multi-user, then open each company. That's
    rediculous. Does MS Accounting allow this ?
    Omni, Jan 31, 2009
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  2. I thought I would chime in on this one. NO.. it does not.. the reason I know
    this is because I am an IT person and I have never seen an accounting program
    that will perform what function you ask. I think that it is actually an
    impossibility from a programming standpoint since the programs are basically
    a database. Your only other option is to install different versions of
    quickbooks, or possibly sba and open them up at the same time. Or if you
    really want this, I would say buy two monitors and install vmware or virtual
    pc and installl a guest OS, then install another copy of quickbooks or SBA..
    that would work for sure.
    Mark Williams, Feb 1, 2009
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  3. Omni

    flexdog Guest

    No. Unless somebody can google around to find a hack for OA binary object
    WindowsFormsApplicationBase.IsSingleInstance set this value to false.

    You could try these: use vista multiple-login to run OA for each user
    login. Or install OA on a server then open multiple-remote-desktop to the
    server to run OA per rdt. Or use win2k8 hyper-v to install multiple OSes on
    a same machines (share the same OA registration dat file among virtual
    flexdog, Feb 1, 2009
  4. Omni

    DL Guest

    I have an accounting program which can be opened in separate instances, I
    often use this facility
    The particular program is used, in the most part, by accounting
    DL, Feb 1, 2009
  5. Omni

    Omni Guest

    DL, you didn't say what the accounting program is that you use for this.
    Omni, Feb 1, 2009
  6. Omni

    DL Guest

    Its a program primarily written for UK use, and as such has UK specific
    'sales tax' allthough it can be used in any country that has similar 'sales
    tax' rules, eg EU, Aus, NZ,SA etc (GST or Vat as it often called)
    Its here if you want to look (VT Transaction+)
    DL, Feb 1, 2009
  7. Omni

    Omni Guest

    I can understand that myself, however, my poorly written question did not
    mean to imply that the application had to have two databases open
    simultaneously. My thought is that you should be able to open more than one
    instance of the application at a time. Thereby, from the same machine/login,
    you could open the application as many times as you needed to have
    simultaneous access to multiple businesses. QuickBooks does not allow this,
    however, the lower grade Intuit product Quicken does, or at least it used to.
    Can you have multiple instances of MS accounting open at the same time to
    accomplish this?
    Omni, Feb 1, 2009
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    viglen Guest

    Have you tried to contact the customer support team?
    I have used them many times and they are very helpful.
    They have different levels of support members to help even the most
    complicated questions and problems regarding their POS Software.

    Toll-free (1) (888) 477-7989

    (1) (701) 281-6500

    Availability and hours of operation:
    Monday–Friday, 8:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. Central Time (UTC-6) in the U.S.
    and Canada.

    viglen, Feb 1, 2009
  9. Omni

    Bobby Lee Guest

    How much do these services cost?
    Bobby Lee

    Bobby Lee, Feb 2, 2009
  10. Omni

    PK Guest

    I don't understand why you need to have seperate databases for seperate
    companies. Why can't you have single database and have company name /
    company code as one of the field in the database tables. This way, you can
    use the single instance of the software to run and track multiple companies.
    This would really benefit for reporting. I can see how each of my companies
    are performing by filtering the reports by company code and I can also see
    the overall performance accross multiple companies.

    Is it too much to ask?

    PK, Feb 4, 2009
  11. Omni


    Jan 20, 2016
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    You need Quickbooks Accountant to open 2 companies at the same time. I have several companies that I work with regularly - I use this program and can have 2 open at the same time. Now to access a 3rd company you would need to close one of the 'open' companies and open the 3rd. It is a little pricier that the others Quickbooks programs, but the stress relieving and time saving has been totally worth the difference in price!
    DianaK, Jan 20, 2016
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