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    Entering time in QuickBooks changes to decimal or minutes format

    Article ID: 1000469


    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).

    Click OK.

    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).

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