Convert CSV/Excel files to OFX and import into Quickbooks Online, Xero, Microsoft Money

If you have CSV or Excel file with transactions and your accounting software imports only OFX, or it imports CSV and OFX, but does not import your CSV/Excel, you may need to convert your file to the OFX file as better import option.

Try ProperConvert (CSV2OFX) app. It converts CSV/Excel files to OFX format.

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Convert XLS to OFX Step by Step Guide

To convert XLS to OFX (Excel file to OFX format), you can use the following method.

Prepare your Excel file

Install and start the ProperConvert app

Once downloaded and installed, start CSV2OFX. Read the welcome message that provides the main points about the conversion process.

Select a file with transactions that you would like to convert. It could be CSV or Excel file bank or credit card statement downloaded from online banking.

Review transactions before converting, make sure dates are correct, expenses are negative, and payments to the account are positive.

Set account details

Make sure to set account details like account number, bank id, the currency is set to match the account settings in your accounting software. Some software like Sage, XERO do check them on the OFX file and if there is no match, refuse to import an OFX file.

Set the Account ID and Account Type. The Account ID must be digits only. You can enter the actual account number or credit card number, or a shortened number. It is important to use the same number when you convert multiple files for the same account and use a different number, when you start converting for another account.

For example, let's start with the first file for a checking account. Convert the first file and use account id as 10000001. Then you convert a second file for the same checking account, keep the same Account ID 10000001.

Then you start with a credit card account. For the first file for the credit card account, change the Account ID to another number, for example, 10000002. For the second file for this credit card account, keep the Account ID as 10000002.

When you start working with another account, make sure to adjust the Account Type as well.

The Currency can be adjusted and specific accounting software may require the Currency match as well as Bank ID and Branch ID.

The OFX target is important to set matching your accounting/finance software, as the converter will create the OFX file version compatible with your software.

There are some other settings that discussed in another video, we would skip these for now as you need them only in specific situations and you know when you need to change these settings.

Convert to an OFX file

Set the โ€œOpen after saveโ€ checkbox if you would like the software installed on your computer to open the created OFX file. If you have MS Money installed, it would be MS Money to open this OFX file.

Click the 'Convert' button.

And confirm the filename and the file location.

The converter offers to save an OFX into the same directory as a CSV/Excel file. If you are using the copy/paste method, you may need to change the directory to save the OFX file

Import into MS Money

To import the created OFX file manually in MS Money:

Import into Sage (Sage 50, Sage One)

Import created OFX file into Quickbooks Online

Once the transactions are imported, you can review, categorize them under the account and add them to the register.

The Payee name did not assign because this is Vendor Record that you have to select in Quickbooks. This is not an actual Payee from the OFX file.

Import created OFX file into Xero

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