QB, QBO

Don’t abbreviate QuickBooks or QuickBooks Online. Spell out product names in line with the product naming guidelines.

QBO Blog

Capitalize the “B” in “Blog.”

Quantity on Hand, quantity on hand, on-hand quantity

In the past (and present) this phrase is used to mean “inventory” in QuickBooks Online. Technically, we’ve also been using the variation: “On-hand quantity.” (For Windows, it’s “quantity on hand.”) But it’s a new dawn, one where we write in the language of regular humans. And that means writing “inventory” instead.

quarter-to-date; QTD

Hyphenate as shown.

Québec/Revenu Québec

We use the French spelling even in English. Don’t shorten Revenu Québec to RQ.

query

A request for information. Definitely not a word to use in customer-facing copy.

QuickBooks

Write as shown: capital “Q” capital “B.” Don’t do any of these: Quickbooks, Quick books

QuickBooks data, QuickBooks file

Don’t use “QuickBooks data” or “QuickBooks file.” Use “company file” instead for QuickBooks for Windows or Mac. In rare instances, you might need to use “QuickBooks data” when referring to a collection of files that includes more than the company file (such as log files, an accountant’s copy file, and template files).

QuickBooks desktop

Don’t use “QuickBooks desktop” in customer-facing text. Use “QuickBooks for Windows” or “QuickBooks for Mac” instead.

QuickBooks for Mac

A software program developed by Intuit for Mac desktop users. Write “QuickBooks for Mac,” not “QuickBooks desktop.”

QuickBooks Labs, QBO Labs

An experimental plug-in integrated with QuickBooks where power users can try out new plug-ins. Write as shown.

QuickBooks Live Community, QuickBooks Community

A community where QuickBooks users can find answers to their questions, and get help from experienced users and QuickBooks employees. Capitalize as shown.

QuickBooks Merchant Services

A set of plug-ins that allow QuickBooks Online users to conduct business using their mobile devices. Capitalize as shown.

QuickBooks mobile app

Capitalize as shown. Refer to QuickBooks mobile apps as “iPhone app” and “Android app,” not Mobile app, cell app, iOS app, Windows app, or Mac app.

QuickBooks Online app

An app developed to be used with QuickBooks Online. Write as shown. Don’t capitalize the “a” in “app.”

QuickBooks Online Essentials

One of our product offerings, developed for small businesses who have three users or less. Capitalize as shown.

QuickBooks Online Plus

One of our product offerings, developed for small businesses who have five users or less. Capitalize as shown.

QuickBooks Online Simple Start

One of our product offerings, developed for small businesses (just one user). Capitalize as shown.

QuickBooks Online

Use the name of the product, “QuickBooks Online.” Don’t use “QB Online” in text or graphic form, and be mindful of how much we repeat the product name in a single context. You can sometimesl get away with using “QuickBooks” instead of repeating the full name “QuickBooks Online.” QBO is an internal term and shouldn’t be used in customer-facing content.

QuickBooks Payments

Software that helps QuickBooks users process payments quickly and securely. Capitalize as shown.

QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program

This is our training and support program for accounting professionals. We work with them to offer high-quality service to their clients. Capitalize as shown.

QuickBooks Small Business Community

A community where small business users can find answers to their questions about Quickbooks and get help from experienced users and QuickBooks employees. Capitalize as shown.

QuickBooks support site

Capitalize as shown. Use “QuickBooks support site” the first time you reference it, and “support site” (lowercase s) for subsequent references. If you’re referring to a third-party website, use a lowercase s (the Apple support site, for example).

Quicken Live Community

A community where Quicken users can find answers to their questions, and get help from experienced users and Quicken employees. Capitalize as shown.

Qualifying Widow, Qualifying Widower

In TurboTax, capitalize these terms as shown.

quit

Don’t use “quit” unless you’re discussing a Macintosh program. Use “close” instead. See “close.”