How to Use the QuickBooks File Doctor

Written by admin on April 17, 2013

QuickBooks File Doctor is an Intuit tool created to diagnose and repair common issues with your QuickBooks® data file and network and Windows configurations. It can repair corruption in your data and Windows and network setup QuickBooks File Doctorissues. The tool works with .qba and .qbw files (.qbw company files smaller than 2 GB.) If the data in your company file is corrupted or you encounter any other QuickBooks issue you are unable to successfully remedy on your own, click the Find a Trainer tab above for information on our local QuickBooks expert in your area who can help you resolve your issues.

In the event you have more than one version of QuickBooks installed on your computer, diagnosing network setup issues may not work. In some situations, the QuickBooks File Doctor might diagnose an issue, but be unable to fix the problems. Typically it depends on whether or not a QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery (ADR) folder exists. ADR is also a data protection tool from Intuit that is available to some users of QuickBooks software.

The QuickBooks File Doctor works only in the U.S. versions of QuickBooks. If your edition is a Canadian or UK version, go to to download the appropriate tool for your specific edition.

To repair a company file or network with the QuickBooks File Doctor:


The QuickBooks File Doctor tool does have some limitations:


System Requirements are as such:

If you need additional information from Intuit on the QuickBooks File Doctor, visit .

It may be in your best interest to seek the help of a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor in your area to quickly and efficiently resolve your issues. Many business owners save considerable time and money but not trying to figure it out on their own.