How to Fix Overflow Error in QuickBooks Desktop?

Fix Overflow Error in QuickBooks Desktop

In the realm of accounting software, QuickBooks stands tall as an indispensable tool for business owners, accountants, and tax professionals alike, assisting them in achieving their business objectives. However, as with any computer software, QuickBooks is not immune to errors and glitches that can disrupt workflow. One such error is the Overflow Error in QuickBooks Desktop, which can be a source of frustration for users. In this article, we will explore the common causes of this error and provide practical solutions to resolve it. For further assistance or personalized support, please feel free to contact our experienced technical support team.

What is the Overflow error in QuickBooks Desktop?

Overflow error in QuickBooks Desktop is a specific type of data error that occurs when measurement units merge, exceeding the maximum limit of a particular field. Here are some common scenarios where Overflow Error in QuickBooks can arise:

  • When attempting to access or open data, reports, or files, one or more fields in a column may display the error message.
  • Overflow Error can also occur during the process of running the Verify Data utility, with the error text indicating that an overflow error has occurred and one of the accounts has exceeded the maximum limit allowed.
  • This error commonly arises in relation to the chart of accounts. In such cases, the overflow is displayed on one or more balance sheets as an amount.

“Problem: An overflow error in QuickBooks has occurred. One of your accounts has exceeded the maximum value allowed.” 

What Are the Causes for Overflow Error in QuickBooks Desktop? 

The error may occur due to the following reasons:

  1. The account balance of your company or other fields exceeds $9,999,999,999,999.99.
  2. Damaged or corrupted transaction data in your company data.
  3. When converting a large amount on a group item to a different large amount, the error may appear by the component item of the group.
  4. The inventory value exceeds the item’s number.
  5. The format mismatches with the format accepted by the QuickBooks Accounting Software.

How to Fix Overflow Error in QuickBooks Desktop? 

Before you begin, it’s important to ensure that your computer meets the system requirements for QuickBooks Desktop Editions (2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015). Pay special attention to Regional Settings, Disk Space, and available RAM.

Solution 1: Rebuild the Company’s data file

To rebuild your QuickBooks data file, you must take the following steps:

  1. Go to the “File” menu in QuickBooks.
  2. Select the “Rebuild Data” option.
  1. If a warning message appears prompting you to back up your company file, click “OK.”
  2. QuickBooks may appear to be not responding during the rebuilding process. However, if you can still move the cursor, you can ignore the message and wait for the process to complete.
  3. Once the rebuilding process is complete, you’ll see a message stating “Rebuild is complete.” Click “OK” to continue.

Solution 2: Export your QuickBooks file to Microsoft Excel to discover the overflow

Step 1: Export Lists in Desktop 

  • To start with, you must sign in to the company file as a system administrator.
  • Next, proceed to the file menu and select the “Switch to single-user mode” option.
  • From the file menu, select the Utilities tab and click on the export option.
  • Then select the export IIF files option.
  • In the “save in” dropdown menu, choose the location to save the IIF file.
  • After that, enter a name in the file name field and click on “save.”
  • Finally, click on the “OK” button.

Step 2: Minimize QuickBooks software.

Step 3: Right-click on the exported file.

Step 4: Move ahead and choose “open with Excel” from the list that appears.

Step 5: Locate the transaction with the overflow value.

  • Press the control and F keys simultaneously.
  • Type “*overflow*” in the search field.
  • Click on the “Find Next” option.

Step 6: Minimize QuickBooks again.

Step 7: Return to QuickBooks and rectify the data for the Account, name, item, or any other field that contains it.

Step 8: Verify if the problem still occurs.

Solution 3: A group item is overflowing

To resolve the overflow error, follow these steps:

  1. Set the Group Item Quantity to zero.
  2. Close the field.
  3. Re-enter the exact Group Item Quantity.

Solution 4: If only 1 item is overflowing

If while working on QuickBooks you receive any warning that one item is overflowing, it may be the one that is added recently. In most cases, an existing item may be the cause of the error.

There are two scenarios to consider:

Case 1: Newly Added ItemIf the error was caused by a newly added item, you can remove it from the list and recreate it.

Case 2: Existing Item

Check the item and rectify the transaction causing an overflow. b. If you find an existing transaction causing the error, adjust or rectify the average cost using the Adjust Quantity/Value on Hand file. For technical assistance, contact the QuickBooks Error Support team.

Solution 5: The balance or another field of an account is too large

Sometimes, the account balance field or other fields may exceed their maximum limits due to unknown reasons. The maximum limit in QuickBooks is $9,999,999,999,999.99. If any account balance surpasses this limit, the field will display an overflowing error.

To resolve this issue, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Perform troubleshooting for basic data damage:

  • Use the Rebuild Data tool to fix your company file.
  • Repair your company file through the QuickBooks data file.
  • If needed, manually repair your QuickBooks file to fix the data damage.

The first two processes might take some time. Allow them to complete their work. If the repair tool does not find any errors, continue using your file. Otherwise, perform the troubleshooting manually. However, this might require a good understanding of computers.

Step 2: Create a portable file and restore the created file to a new working file

  1. Log in to QuickBooks as an Admin.
  2. Navigate to the File menu.
  3. Choose “Create Copy” and “Portable Company File.”
  4. Click “Next” and enter a name for the file.
  5. Save the file to the desired location (e.g., desktop).
  6. Click “Save” and “OK” to complete the process.

Step 3: Verify your charts of accounts.

  • In the List menu, tap on the Chart of Accounts.
  • Identify the account with a balance equal to or greater than 10,000,000,000,000.
  • Reduce the account balance.
  • If the problem persists, follow the steps below:

Step 4: Overflow on memorized reports

  • If you do not see an overflow in a new report, delete it and recreate the memorized report.
  • If you see overflow, move to the following steps.
  • To run the report, go to the Reports menu.

Step 5: Search all fields in all lists that have an amount or total. You may be required to add the inactive items while going through your lists.

  • Access the Lists and select the ‘Add/Edit Multiple List Entries’ option.
  • Click on ‘Customize Columns’ and pick a field that includes an amount, such as ‘Cost’ or ‘Price.’
  • Under the ‘Overflow’ menu, modify, or delete the amount as needed.
  • Ensure that all the lists are checked.
  • If you use a newer version of QuickBooks, go to ‘Edit,’ choose ‘Overflow,’ and navigate to ‘List Elements’ and then ‘Transactions.’
  • Edit the amounts and continue checking them until the error message no longer appears.

Solution 6: Error triggered by Corrupted Transaction

If the error is caused by a corrupted transaction, here are the steps you can take:

  1. Run various QuickBooks reports, such as Financial Statements, Custom Transaction Detail, Sales by Customer, and Sales by Item, until you identify the overflowing transaction.
  2. Then, drill down to the transaction level using QuickZoom on the overflowed transaction.
  • To rectify the transactions:
    • Run verify and rebuild data utilities.
    • Identify damaged transactions by referring to QBWin.log.
    • Apply suitable fixes to the transactions.


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