Entering time in QuickBooks changes to decimal or minutes format
When entering time on paychecks, or setting up sick and vacation time balances, or accrual rates, the time format changes when clicking a different field from, for example, the Line Item field. You can also use the Tab button to move your cursor to a different field.
This is a result of entering, for example, 10:30 for ten and a half hours while set to decimal notation and QuickBooks changes the numerals to 10.5 or vice versa.
You have an active QuickBooks payroll subscription.
To set the format for time entries in QuickBooks:
Click Edit > Preferences.
Click General on the left side, and then click on the Company Preferences tab.
Under Time Format select either Decimal (10.20), or Minutes (10:12).
To set the format for time entries in Simple Start:
Under Money Out, move the pointer over Payroll, and then click Go to the Payroll Center.
Click the Setup and Maintain drop-down arrow, and then select Preferences.
Under Time Format Options, select either Decimal (10.20) or Minutes (10:12).
When you select:
- Decimal QuickBooks automatically interprets time entries as decimal fractions. For example, when you enter 4:30, QuickBooks converts your entry to 4.5 (4 and one-half hours).
- Minutes QuickBooks automatically interprets time entries as hours and minutes. For example, when you enter 4.5, QuickBooks converts your entry to 4:30 (4 hours and 30 minutes).