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How to Import Estimates into QuickBooks Desktop?

Import Estimates into QuickBooks Desktop

Import Estimates from Supported File Formats directly into QuickBooks Desktop using SaasAnt Transactions (Desktop) - #1 user rated and Intuit trusted bulk data automation tool built exclusively for QuickBooks.

SaasAnt Transactions (Desktop) supports QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Enterprise, and Accountant Editions.

You can download the free trial of the software directly from the SaasAnt Website. Follow this article for detailed installation instruction.

Steps to Import Estimates into QuickBooks Desktop

Importing with SaasAnt Transaction is a breeze with our simplified and powerful Import wizard. Just follow a simple 3 step process to bulk import your file data to QuickBooks.

Click Import button in the Dashboard screen or Import option from the File menu in the menubar to navigate to  File Selection screen of the Import wizard(Step 1).

  • Step 1 - File Selection: Select "QuickBooks Transaction Type" as "Estimate". "Select Your File" - You can either click "Browse File" to browse and select the file from local computer folder or click "Sample Templates" to navigate to SaasAnt sample file in local.
  • Step 2 - Mapping: Set up the mapping of the file columns corresponding to QuickBooks fields. This step will be automated for you if you use the SaasAnt template file. Download Sample Template file.
  • Step 3 - Review & Import: Review your file data in the Review Grid screen and click "Send to QuickBooks" to upload your file data to QuickBooks.

More detailed instruction of the steps are available in this article.

Import Estimates into QuickBooks Desktop

Mapping QuickBooks Fields

Field NameFormatDescription
Estimate NoText (Max Length: 11 Characters)Estimate Reference number of the transaction.
By default, this value is used only for internal processing by SaasAnt Transactions (), and QuickBooks auto-generates a new value. This can be changed in the import settings.
Customer *CharactersReference to the customer.
Customer reference can be matched by Full Name, First Name, Company Name, Account NO., Resale NO., Custom Field, Look up (configured via Import Settings)
Estimate dateDateDate of the transaction
Due DateDateDue date of the transaction
Terms (Net 15, Net 30, etc.,)
PO NoText (Max Length: 11 Characters)Purchase order number 
Ship DateDateDate of the shipping
Billing Address line 1Text (Max Length: 41 Characters)1st line of the Billing Address
Billing Address line 2Text (Max Length: 41 Characters)2nd line of the Billing address
Billing Address line 3Text (Max Length: 41 Characters)3rd line of the Billing address
Billing Address CityText (Max Length: 41 Characters)Name of the City
Billing Address StateText (Max Length: 41 Characters)Name of the State
Billing Address Postal CodeText (Max Length: 41 Characters)Zip Code
Product/Service *Reference TextName of the Product/Service (OR) Item
ClassTextName of the Class for the whole transaction
Product/Service QuantityDecimalNo. of items for the line
Product/Service RateNumeric/DecimalPer unit price of the line item

Product/Service Inventory Site

CharactersInventory Site for the product/Service

Product/Service Inventory BIN

CharactersInventory bin for the Product/Service

Unit of Measure

Per unit price of the Product/Service

Product/Service Amount *

Total amount of the line items. (quantity * rate)

Product/Service Class

CharactersClass for each row of the transaction

Product/Service Sales Tax Code

Sales tax code for the transaction
Product/Service TaxableBoolean    Either TRUE/FALSE (OR) Taxable/Non Taxable

Customer Sales Tax Code

Reference TextSales tax code for the transaction.
Shipping Address Line 1 Characters1st line of the shipping address
Shipping Address Line 2Characters2nd line of the shipping address
Shipping Address city
Name of the City
Shipping Address State
Name of the State
Shipping Address Postal Code
Zip Code
MemoCharactersInternal organization note
Message to CustomerCharacters

Any message you would like to give to customer, which can be viewed by customer

Tax InclusiveBoolean (True/False)
Applicable only for QuickBooks Canada, UK versions
Tax calculation method.

 All (*) marked fields are mandatory. 

Import Settings

A host of powerful customisations for your file data is available with Import Settings. This is available in the  Step 3: Review & Import screen or directly under "Edit" Menu in the menubar. Some of the very useful settings for transaction includes:

  • Find Matching Transactions in QuickBooks by: Identifier to locate existing transactions in your QuickBooks.
  • Action When a Matched Transaction Found: If an existing transaction is found for the above setting identifier then the corresponding action to be taken. You can choose to Duplicate/ Ignore/ Update/ Append existing transaction in your QuickBooks.
  • Pre-Import Validation: Validate the complete file before importing to QuickBooks. By turning this setting ON, file rows will be imported only after cleaning up all the issues in file. This option however will delay the import.

More details about the settings related to Automatic creation of Items, Assigning reference number from the file, etc are available in this article.


Most of us would have some questions while moving data to your QuickBooks Online. Some of them for your reference below:

  • I want to import Estimates with Invoice Numbers from File. Is it supported?

            Yes. It is supported.

  • Will your application support Multi Line Transactions?

            Yes. It will.Same Estimate Number needs to be used in the groped lines.

  • I made some mistakes in the Import and my QuickBooks reports got corrupted. Is there any way to undo or revert my Import?

            It is possible to undo the import completely/ partially with the Delete feature.

  • Does your app support taxes?

            Yes. It does.

  • I don't want to create products automatically for my invoices. I can't create products before each upload. Is it supported?

            Yes. It is. You can auto-create unavailable products/ services Or turn this setting off in the import settings.

  • My file has some specific date format. I don't want to change the file. Will your product support all date formats?

            Yes. You can select the specific date format as per your requirement in the import settings.

  • Do you have any sample templates?

            Yes. We do have. Sample Template

  • What are the file types supported by your application?

            TXT, CSV, XLS, XLSX etc. Supported File Formats 

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