Before you can use your new QuickBooks Desktop software, you need to register (also known as Activate) it with us. Until you register the product, you won’t be able to open or create QuickBooks company files.

You’ll need to register every time you install QuickBooks on a computer (new or reinstall on an existing computer). That means that if you have multiple copies of QuickBooks Desktop, you must register (activate) each copy, and if you install QuickBooks Desktop on a new computer, you need to register again.


To Register/Activate QuickBooks Desktop:

Registering QuickBooks Desktop on a Windows Computer:

  1. Important: Check if QuickBooks Desktop is already registered:
    1. With QuickBooks open, press F2 on your keyboard. The Product Information window opens.
    2. Look for the registration status at the right of the license number.
    3. If QuickBooks says REGISTERED, then you are all set!
    1. Click OK to close the Product Information window.
    2. Go to Help and choose Activate QuickBooks (Register QuickBooks for QuickBooks 2015 and earlier)
    3. Follow the on-screen prompts to verify your information and complete the activation process.


Registering QuickBooks Mac on a Mac Computer:

  1. Select the QuickBooks menu, then select Register QuickBooks.
  2. Enter the License Number and Product Number, then click Next.
  3. Click Register Online.
  4. Follow the on screen instructions to complete your registration.

Note: If the option to register does not appear, then your software is already registered.