How to use Quickbooks
Unit of Measure (UOM)?

Quickbooks unit of measure (UOM) is used to show a unit for an item that can be used on a transaction. There are two ways or modes for assigning units of measure to items:


  • Single U/M - in this mode you can assign different units of measure to different items but each item can only have one unit of measure. This means that the same unit is used when you buy and sell the item.
  • Multiple U/M - in this mode you can assign different units. Different unit when you buy an item and different unit when you sell the same item. For example, you buy an inventory item by gallon and sell it by the ounce.

Quickbooks U/M is available in the following versions (QB 2007 and later). Supports single and multiple mode:

  • QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition
  • QuickBooks Premier Contractor Edition
  • QuickBooks Premier Manufacturing & Wholesale Edition
  • QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions
  • QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions: Contractor Edition
  • QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions: Manufacturing & Wholesale Edition
  • QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions: Nonprofit Edition
  • QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions: Professional Services Edition

Below are the versions that support only the Single mode:

  • QuickBooks Premier
  • QuickBooks Premier Nonprofit Edition
  • QuickBooks Premier Professional Services Edition

To enable unit of measure follow the steps below:

  1. Click Edit menu > Preferences.
  2. Click Items & Inventory then click the Company Preferences tab.
  3. Click the Enable button.

Enable Unit of Measure

  1. Select the mode that you want to use whether Single or Multiple U/M Per Item.
  2. Click Finish then click OK from the Preferences window.

To setup the unit of measure follow the steps below:

FOR SINGLE MODE:

  1. Click Home then click Items & Services.
  2. Click the Item button then click Edit (if you want to edit an existing item) or click New (if you want to setup a new item).

Quickbooks New Item Button

  1. In the U/M field, click the drop down box then click Add New.

Unit of Measure Item

  1. Select a U/M Type.

Unit of Measure Type

  1. Select a U/M.

Unit of Measure

  1. Click Finish to create the unit of measure.

FOR MULTIPLE MODE:

  1. Click Home then click Items & Services.
  2. Click the Item button then click Edit Item (if you want to edit an existing item) or click New (if you want to setup a new item).

    Quickbooks New Item Button

  3. In the U/M field, click the drop down box then click Add New.

Unit of Measure Item

  1. Select a U/M Type.

Unit of Measure Type

  1. Select a Base U/M. The base unit is the smallest unit in which the item is stocked and counted.

Unit of Measure Base Unit

  1. Add any related units. You will select and define here the number of base units it contains. For example, a dozen will contain 12 each.

Unit of Measure Related Units

  1. Select the default U/M for the Purchase forms and Sales Forms.

Default Unit of Measure

  1. Finally, enter the name of this U/M.

Unit of Measure Name