Lists are the framework of QuickBooks. Use lists to fill out most QuickBooks forms. For example, to pay a bill, choose a name from your vendor list on the Enter Bills form. QuickBooks enters the list information on the form for you. This saves you time and prevents typing errors. You can also change the information directly on the form if necessary.

Although most lists are easy to set up in QuickBooks, some lists - such as the QuickBooks Chart of Accounts list, Items list, and Class list - require careful planning.

The way you set up and edit lists depends on the list type: