OAuth

This is an acceptable abbreviation for open authorization, but only for the developer site and experience. Avoid this kind of technical language in the rest of our products and services.

OK

OK, OK’d, OK’ing, OKs. Don’t use okay or o.k. A simple OK usually looks better in user interface designs.

on the go

No need for hyphens here.

on the left; on the right

For accessibility reasons, we strongly discourage using location cues. If you must (try harder!), write these as shown. Don’t write “left-hand,” “right-hand,” “to the left,” or “to the right.”

on demand (n.), on-demand (adj.)

Hypenate.

on the screen

Don’t write “in the screen.”

on-site

Don’t write “onsite” or “on site.”

online

Be mindful of how much we repeat the product name (QuickBooks Online) in a single context. After reviewing some pages, we found in some cases that we repeated QuickBooks 10 times on a single screen. You can still get away with incorporating “online” instead of repeating the full name “QuickBooks Online.” Same goes for Desktop.

online, TurboTax Online

Don’t write “on-line” or “TurboTax online.”

onscreen

One word.

Oops

Don’t use interjections like these. Our customers rely on us to know what we’re doing in the worlds of taxes and accounting. We don’t earn anyone’s confidence by saying things like “oops.”

open

Don’t use “launch” or “start.” Use “open” for programs and “turn on/off” for hardware.

Don’t use “open” for invoice status (“2 invoices open.”) Use “unpaid.” “Open” is pretty much used as a synonym for “unpaid” in more formal accounting environments, but if a partially paid invoice is “Open” then it’s not also “Unpaid”—it’s “Not fully paid.” Open invoices are one piece of the puzzle—and could be both unpaid and possibly overdue—but consider open purchase orders, open bills, etc. Because the term requires explanation every time, and is considered accounting-speak, try not to use it.

open invoice

An invoice that has not been paid yet, showing the amount owed and the due date for the payment.

When writing an accounting term, define the term first and provide the technical word second.

opening balance equity (OBE)

In Intuit products, the equity account that represents the other side of the starting balances.

When writing an accounting term, define the term first and provide the technical word second.

opt in (v.); opt-in (n.) (adj.)

When using the word as a noun or adjective, hyphenate. When using as a verb, it’s two words.

out-of-state

Hyphenate as shown.

overcharge

One word.

overdue invoice

Overdue is one word.

overlimit

One word.

overpayment

One word.

override

One word.

overtime

One word.

overwrite

Don’t use. Write “replace” instead.

owner’s contribution and owner’s draw

A standard accounting term in QuickBooks.

When writing an accounting term, define the term first and provide the technical word second.

owner’s equity

A business owner’s investment in the business minus the owner’s draws (or withdrawals) from the business plus the net income (or minus the net loss) since the business began.

When writing an accounting term, define the term first and provide the technical word second.