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How to Delete a Journal Entry in QuickBooks?

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Creating a journal entry in QuickBooks is an easy task. However, at times, one might end up in making a wrong entry mistakenly. In such a scenario, it becomes crucial for you to either delete the entry or reverse it. Reversing a journal entry usually reverses the impact of the same. Whereas, if you do not want an entry and have created it mistakenly, then you have an option to permanently delete a journal entry in QuickBooks. Both QuickBooks online and desktop users can create, delete, and reverse a journal entry. However, the steps to be performed in both cases might differ.

To help you out in successfully deleting and reversing journal entry in QuickBooks online and desktop, here we are with this segment sharing the complete steps that need to be implemented. In case you need any sort of technical guidance for deleting journal entry in QuickBooks, reaching out to our technical support team at +1-844-539-0188 might help. Having said that, let us explore further about deleting a journal entry in QuickBooks desktop and online.

Quick points to remember before deleting a journal entry in QuickBooks

Reversing a journal entry is different from deleting it permanently. It is important to understand the difference between the two, before taking any action.

  • Reverse a journal entry in QuickBooks – This can work if you need to allocate a transaction between two accounting periods or fix a debit/credit error.
  • Delete a journal entry in QuickBooks – You can opt for this if you created a journal entry mistakenly and now want to get rid of it permanently.

Delete or Reverse a Journal Entry in QuickBooks Online

As we mentioned earlier the steps to delete or reverse a journal entry might differ in QuickBooks online and desktop. If you are a QuickBooks online user, then make sure to implement the steps listed below:

Reverse a journal entry in QuickBooks Online

Reversing a journal entry in QuickBooks online simply reverses the debit and credit and doesn’t delete the original journal entry. The steps you need to perform here are:

  • Simply begin by selecting settings tab ⚙️ and then go for chart of accounts in QuickBooks.
  • Furthermore, look for the account that you created the journal entry for.
  • The next step is to choose account history.
  • Once done with that, look for journal entry present in the account register.
  • Note that, the word journal should be in the Ref no. or type column.
  • You now have to select the journal entry to expand the view.
  • And also, go for edit tab.
  • The next step is to choose Reverse.
  • And furthermore, go for Save.

Note that, when you reverse a journal entry, the software creates a new journal entry to balance it. This is just to keep a record of the change made.

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Delete or Reverse Journal Entry in QuickBooks Desktop

If you use QuickBooks desktop, then here are the steps that you will have to implement to delete or reverse a journal entry in QuickBooks Desktop.

Delete a Journal Entry in QuickBooks Desktop

  • Begin with heading to the company menu.
  • After that, select make general journal entries.
  • The next step is to find and select the journal entry that you wish to delete:
    • Now, in QuickBooks for windows, go for find and enter the name, date, entry no., or amount and select find.
    • For QuickBooks for Mac, you need to select journal entry you wish to reverse from the list on Make general journal entries window.
  • To delete the journal entry:
    • You simply need to double click the journal entry in QuickBooks for windows and then select delete or void and click on ok tab.
    • In QuickBooks for Mac, select delete general journal from the edit menu.
  • At the end, you simply need to go for save and close.

Reverse a Journal Entry in QuickBooks Desktop

In order to reverse a journal entry in QuickBooks desktop, perform the set of steps listed below:

  • Head to the company menu initially, and select make general journal entries.
  • Once done with that, find and select a journal entry that you want to reverse.
    • In QuickBooks for Windows: You need to go for find and enter the name, date, entry no, or amount.
    • If you use QuickBooks for Mac, then simply select find and the journal entry you wish to reverse on the left side of Make general journal entries window.
  • Head to the reverse option.
  • And also, choose save and close.


Now that you know what measures can be taken to delete or reverse a journal entry in QuickBooks online and desktop, it is time to implement these steps manually. However, if you have any queries or if you are stuck at any point in time, then contacting our technical support team at +1-844-539-0188 is something we recommend. Give us a call and let our certified ProAdvisors help you with your queries.

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