Intuit has released the QuickBooks 2017 R7 update for the U.S. version of QuickBooks. This is available as a manual update from the Intuit support website and is rolling out as an automatic update. There are a small number of maintenance fixes in this release.
Intuit’s notes on this release are a bit cryptic, in some cases. I’m listing the fixes that they announced, and interpreting as best I can.
Intuit has removed the setting “Keep QuickBooks running for quick startups.” If you had this enabled before, the feature will be disabled.
I have to say that I’m very happy that Intuit is removing this option. I just noticed that they also removed it from QuickBooks 2018 when it was released. Whenever I was debugging an odd problem with QuickBooks, the first thing I would check was to see if this option was enabled, and if so then I would turn it off and reboot the computer. That solved a number of odd situations. If you were using a QuickBooks addon program, this feature almost always caused problems.
The idea with this option was to keep a portion of the QuickBooks product running in memory even if you weren’t using QuickBooks, so that when you opened a file it should start up more quickly. I never really found that this improved startup times significantly. Good riddance!
QuickBooks File Manager
Intuit is playing around with QuickBooks File Manager these days, and I hope that they are going to make some significant improvements? I’ve noticed that it is disabled in the initial QuickBooks 2018 release, at least temporarily. There are a couple of changes in QuickBooks 2017 R7, but they don’t sound too significant. Intuit’s notes on these, again, are a bit cryptic, and I haven’t fully tested this yet.
Here’s what Intuit has to say about QuickBooks File Manager (QFM) 2017 in the R7 update:
- If QFM 2017 is installed along with QFM 2016 or below, then upon launch of QFM 2017, users will be prompted to continue using QFM 2017 going forward.
- If QuickBooks is opened without any company file open, then QFM 2017 will open a secondary instance of QuickBooks.
This release fixes some issues in Email (and possibly other areas, Intuit’s notes are a bit unclear):
- Corrects problems with email, invoice, and customer center that were causing unrecoverable errors in QuickBooks.
- Fixes a problem that was incorrectly marking batch invoices as being emailed and sent.
- Fixes a problem that caused Outlook 2013 to not be available as an email option.
This release fixes a problem that was causing pay links to fail in invoices sent via email by QuickBooks Payments users.