Any Manager business data file can be opened directly if the desktop edition is properly installed on a computer.
Rather than first launching Manager and selecting a business from the list of businesses in the Businesses tab, open the data file using the computer’s operating system features. This action will launch the Manager application; the business file will be active.
Thus, copies or backups of a business can be stored remotely, transmitted electronically, transported on portable media, and opened by accountants or coworkers who do not have access to your applications data folder. The business does not need to be imported into an application data folder.
Opening a file directly does not add it to your regular application data folder, so it will not appear in the Businesses tab when you launch Manager in the normal way. However, the program will temporarily assign its application data path to the folder where the business file was located. Because every application data folder needs an index, the program will create an index file (if one does not already exist) named
00000000000000000000000000000000.manager in the same folder. This index will contain every business file in the same folder, but not those in the regular application data folder. So businesses in the folder will appear on the Businesses page of the instance of Manager opened directly.
If a version of the business remains in the regular application data folder (appearing in the Businesses tab), be aware that these are two separate accounting records, even if they have the same name. Changes made in a directly opened file are not picked up by the version in the regular application data folder. Nor will changes to a version listed in the regular Businesses tab appear in the directly opened file.