How to Effectively Deal with QuickBooks File Exists Error?

by Mark Williams
QuickBooks File Exists Error

You receive either of two warning messages when encountering the QuickBooks file exists error, “The Windows error was ‘The file exists” or “This file you specified cannot be opened. Make sure that it is not currently being used by another program or a read-only file”. The issue gets triggered when trying to avail of any services in QuickBooks that you have subscribed for. Thus, to troubleshoot the problem completely, we have discussed the matter in brief in this article. To gather detailed information, read out the entire blog thoroughly.

For any further doubts related to the QuickBooks file exists error, take guidance from our team of professionals at Toll-Free 1.855.738.2784.

What Gives Rise to the File Exists Error in QuickBooks?

You must be wondering why the file exists glitch interrupts you. To get an answer to your question, refer to the following points-

  1. If you have not given sufficient permission to your QuickBooks Desktop, the chances of incurring the issue increase.
  2. Secondly, not updating the QuickBooks program installed on your computer can also trigger the problem.

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Top Ways to Debug QuickBooks Desktop File Exists Error

Here are a few ways explained so that you can permanently get rid of the issue. Read it out-

SOLUTION 1: Give Full Control Access to the QuickBooks Desktop

  1. On your desktop, look for the QuickBooks software.
  2. Right-click on its icon and choose the ‘Open File Location’ option.
  3. Hit the ‘Backspace’ key and then move further by right-clicking on the ‘QuickBooks 20XX’ folder.
  4. Now, access the ‘Properties’ window and proceed towards the ‘Security’ tab.
  5. Tap ‘Edit’ and then ‘Add’.
  6. After type in ‘Everyone’, click ‘OK’.
  7. Opt for the ‘Full Control’ option and ‘Apply’ the change.
  8. Next, you require to follow this same set of instructions but this time, replace ‘Everyone’ with ‘Users’.
  9. Move on to the Control Panel window and type ‘UAC’ in the search area.
  10. Click on ‘Change User Account Control’ and either turn on or turn off the UAC.

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SOLUTION 2: Jump to an Updated Version of Your QuickBooks Program

  1. As you proceed with the update of your QuickBooks Desktop, ensure to exit the same app if it is running.
  2. Locate the QB icon on the Windows desktop and then right-click on it to tap on the ‘Run as Administrator’ option.
  3. In the next step, you must access the No Company Open window, and then from its ‘Help’ menu, opt for the ‘Update QuickBooks Desktop’ option.
  4. Now, move the cursor to the ‘Options’ tab and then ‘Mark All’.
  5. Save it, and after that, shift to the ‘Update Now’ tab.
  6. Under the tab, checkmark the ‘Reset Update’ checkbox.
  7. To download the updates, choose the ‘Get Updates’ option.
  8. Finally, end the process by closing the program and relaunching it to install the required updates.
  9. Reboot your device to use the updated QuickBooks.

We hope through this blog; we have helped you in eliminating the QuickBooks file exists error correctly. However, if the issue still appears on the screen even after performing the given solutions, we suggest reaching out to one of the technical experts by dialing our Toll-Free 1.855.738.2784.

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