QuickBooks 2011 R12 Released

Written by Charlie Russell

Intuit has released the QuickBooks 2011 R12 update for the U.S. version of QuickBooks. At the time I’m writing this the release is available as a manual update from the Intuit support web site. I would expect this to be released as an automatic update within a week, if all goes well. Please note that at the time this is being posted I have not worked with this release extensively. There aren’t a lot of changes (there SHOULDN’T be by the time we get to “R12”).

Sometimes the update notices we get from Intuit are just too cryptic. I really wish that there were better notes as to what has changed. Sometimes we just have to guess, and this release is one of those times. To be honest, the changes here seem to be pretty minor and I’ve not spent a lot of time digging in trying to figure things out.

  • There is an easier upgrade to QuickBooks 2013. I wonder what that actually means? I haven’t figured it out yet, it is just what they are saying. Some information that is referenced in the upgrade has been updated also.
  • There are some changes in the Help system. Several help topics are updated. The puzzling one is “QuickBooks help links will no longer work in browser windows that are not opened by QuickBooks”. That is an odd statement…
  • There are some changes to the messages that are displayed with you convert a file between the Windows and Mac versions.

Not a lot of changes here. I don’t think that I would worry a lot about rushing into this update. I’m publishing this so that you know what is involved if you see it pop up with Automatic Updates.

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Charlie Russell

Charlie Russell has been involved with the small business software industry since the mid 70's, and remembers releasing his first commercial accounting software product when you had an 8-bit microcomputer with one 8 inch floppy disk drive. He has a special interest in inventory and manufacturing software for small businesses. Charlie is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor with additional certifications for QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Enterprise, as well as being a Xero Certified Partner. Charlie started blogging about QuickBooks in 2008 (Practical QuickBooks) and has been writing for the Accountex Report (formerly the Sleeter Report) since 2011.

Visit his CCRSoftware web site for information about his QuickBooks add-on products. He is also the author of the California Wildflower Hikes blog.


  • When they say “There is an easier upgrade to QB 2013”, I think they mean they put an icon called “Upgrade” on the icon bar. I noticed it in my 2012 version. I wish they wouldn’t change the icon bar I’ve customized, but that’s a minor rant for another day.

  • After upgrading to R12 in my Premiere Accountant 2011 edition, the Loan Manager “lost” the link to the accounts that carry the loan balances; I fixed that error by deleting all my loans and re-entering the information for each one. NOW the loan manager updates the account balances in the chart of accounts, but it does not update the loan balance in the loan manager – so each time I open the loan manager to pay the loans, I get an error message saying that the balance in the account doesn’t match the balance in the loan manager.

    A similar error occurred when I did the R11 upgrade. This is a very frustrating error to have to deal with. And I am NOT running IE9 (made that mistake on R10).

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