How to Fix QuickBooks Compile Error in Hidden Module?

QuickBooks Compile Error in Hidden Module

We all know, in the current market QuickBooks holds a major space in every business. It is an accounting software, which tailored for mid and small-sized businesses. Known to manage the accounting and financial operations and it can integrated with Microsoft office to expand its functionality used for diverse purposes. However, you may encounter occasional issues when using QuickBooks with MS Office. This error mainly encountered after an update. One such error called the QuickBooks compiled error in the hidden module. QuickBooks usually gives a compiled error everytime you try to perform any action that consists of an Excel sheet because either the office update or QuickBooks update has some issues.

The compile error in the hidden module in QuickBooks can easily observed while running client ready reports, generating State W2- e-file, or exporting payroll reports in QuickBooks. In order to understand why you face Excel compile error in hidden modules in QuickBooks Desktop and how you can fix it. Read the full blog.

What do you understand about the Compile errors in Hidden Modules?

Before we start with the solutions, let us see why you get the compile error in the hidden module while exporting to Excel in QuickBooks.

This could be due to one of the following reasons mentioned:
  • Any incompatibility between MS Office and QuickBooks can bring in this error.
  • There are high chances that you might be using an outdated version of QuickBooks Desktop Version or excel.
  • There are some incompatible add-ons in QuickBooks.
  • You have not enabled or set up the Macros in MS Excel correctly.
  • There is some corrupted data in the QuickBooks company file.
  • Sometimes, antivirus applications on the system can also prevent the export of the Client Ready Reports. This can lead to compile errors in the hidden module.

How do you troubleshoot QuickBooks Compile Error in Hidden Module Excel?

Follow the solutions provided below to resolve the Compile Error in the Hidden Module and successfully run the Client Ready Payroll Report. With the help of these solutions, it will help you to rectify any data damage issues with company files and fix the compatibility issues with QuickBooks and MS Office.

Solution 1: Run the “Verify and Rebuild Utility” in QuickBooks Desktop

You can Run the “Verify and Rebuild Utility” from QuickBooks Desktop to rectify any data damage issues in your company file that might be causing the compile error in the hidden module.

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What are the steps to run the “Verify and Rebuild Utility” on the company file data?

  • First open QuickBooks Desktop and go to the file menu. Now select the utilities option.
  • Then, click the verify data option.

It will help you in checking the company file and will give you any of the following results based on the detailed analysis:

  1. QuickBooks detected no issue with your data: This prompt means that there is no issue with your data and you don’t need to do anything else.
  2. An error prompt message: You can get a particular error message that you need to look for and resolve things accordingly.
  3. Your data seems to be losing integrity: This prompt means that your company file data damaged and you need to Rebuild the data to fix it.

What are the steps to Run the Rebuild utility on company file data?

  • Start with the File section, click on utilities, and then choose the Rebuild data option.
  • Now, QuickBooks will ask you to create a backup of your data in order to rebuild your company file. Click OK to create a backup of your data before you start rebuilding it.
  • Select the location for wherever you want to save the backup of your data and Click OK. Please ensure to not replace any previous backup files, enter a new name and press save.
  • Now, it will rebuild your data. Once you get the “Rebuild has completed” message on the screen, select OK.
  • Again, move to the file section, select utilities, and then verify data. This step not necessary just done to check for additional data damage.
  1. Now, if the verified utility finds more damage, try to fix it manually. Search for the errors in the qbwin.log and then do the required troubleshooting.
  2. In case there is no error, then restore the recent backup. Go to the file section and click on open or restore Company for this.

Try to perform the same task for which you compile the error in the hidden module. If the error still persists, move on to the next solution.

Solution 2: Run Quick Fix My File and QuickBooks File Doctor from QB Tool Hub

These two utilities in QuickBooks Tool Hub, Quick Fix My File and QuickBooks File Doctor, also help in fixing any data damage to the company files. You just need to download the QuickBooks Tool Hub Application on the system to use these.

What are the steps to download and install QuickBooks Tool Hub on the System?

If you wish for a better experience, try using the Tool Hub application on Windows 10, 64 bit.

  • Close the QuickBooks application and download the most recent version of QuickBooks Tool Hub.
  • Save the file somewhere you can locate easily.

Note: In case the tool hub application installed on the system, check its version. Go to the Home tab, the version will written at the bottom.

Now open the exe file (QuickBooks Tool Hub.exe) that you have already downloaded.

Follow the given instructions on the screen while installing and agree to the Terms and conditions.

Once the installation is complete, double click the tool hub icon on the Desktop and open the tool hub.

Note: In case you are not able to find the Tool Hub icon, then search for it in the Windows Start Menu and select Program.

What are the steps to Run Quick Fix My File?

  • First go to the company file issues tab from the tool hub and select Quick Fix my File option.
  • Press OK when it completes its process and launch the QuickBooks application.
  • Now if the application displays the QuickBooks compile error in the hidden module, proceed to run the file doctor.

What are the Steps to run QuickBooks File Doctor?

  • Start with the QuickBooks Tool Hub Application, and then go to the company file issues tab.
  • Then, select on the Run QuickBooks File Doctor option. The File Doctor may take its time to open.

Note: Now if the QuickBooks File Doctor does not open, then try to search for it manually.

  • Now, in the file doctor, from the drop down menu, you need to select the company name. However, if you do not see your company file listed there, then you need to browse and search for it.
  • After all this, you need to choose the “Select your file” option and hit continue.
  • Now enter the QuickBooks admin password and hit Next.
  • The File doctor tool will then scan your file for any damage; it may even take up to 10-15 minutes, depending upon the size of your file. You may see a “scan was unsuccessful message” even when the issue fixed. In such a case, do not worry and just open the QuickBooks and the company file after the scan finished and check again for the compile error. Still if the file error persists, move to the next solution.

Solution 3: Ensure that the QuickBooks Desktop is up to date

Here’s a way how you can keep your QuickBooks Desktop up to date:
  • Once you log into QuickBooks Desktop, press the F2 or Ctrl +1 key to check the current version and release. Now the current release numbers for each version of QBDT are: QuickBooks 2023 R3_172, QuickBooks 2022 R7_20, QuickBooks 2021 R12_7, and QuickBooks 2020 R16_25.
  • Now to update the QuickBooks Desktop, reach out to the help menu and click on Update QuickBooks Desktop.
  • After this, select the update now option and click on the Get Updates.
  • Once this done, you need to close and reopen the QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Now choose yes when it asks you to install the update.
  • At the end, restart your desktop once the installation finishes.

Solution 4: Check for QuickBooks System Requirements

Now each version of QuickBooks desktop works best for specific versions of Microsoft Office. Therefore, if the system requirements for the application not met, it can give way to QuickBooks compile errors in hidden modules.

Solution 5: Repair MS Office to fix the compile Error in the Hidden Module

The QuickBooks compile error in the hidden module can stem from the issues in MS Office. Let us see how to repair the Microsoft Office.

The steps to access the repair tool vary depending on the operating systems you’re using.

Right click the start button on the lower left corner. Now from here, choose the Apps and Features option to the pop menu.

Now, select the Microsoft office product that you want to repair and modify.

Note: Even if you need to repair only one application for example Excel, this will repair the entire office suite. So, if you use a standalone app, then search for that application by its name.

The repair options depend on the copy of the Office version you use, which is either a Click to Run or MSI based install. Follow the steps as per your installation type:

For click to Run type

You will get a window saying, How would you like to repair your office programs?

Select the Online Repair option followed by Repair to get everything fixed.

You will also find the Quick Repair option from here, but it only detects and repairs the corrupted files.

Solution 6: Toggle Windows User Account Controls (UAC) Settings

When you enable and disable window UAC settings, it resets anything that might be blocking the Excel export feature. This feature can consequently fix the Compile Error in the Hidden Module. The steps given below are steps for Windows 7,8, and 10 users.

  • Open the Windows Start Menu and then search for the User Account Control Settings.
  • Then, open the User Account Control Settings from the results.
  • Here, select and move the slider to the Never Notify option and press OK.
  • Lastly, restart your system. Open the QuickBooks Desktop app. Check if the QuickBooks Desktop compile error in the hidden module resolved or not.

Solution 7: Reinstall QuickBooks & Excel

Now if repairing the MS Excel or even updating the QuickBooks Desktop did not resolve the issues, now your last option is to reinstall the QuickBooks application and Excel on the system.

However before deleting and reinstalling, here is what you need to do first.

  • First, Reinstall QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Now, go back to the QuickBooks and try to export a report or perform the task which landed you the same error.
  • If you still get the error, you need to uninstall and reinstall MS Excel.
  • Once all this done, restart and check if the error is still there.

If the above given solutions proved to be no goof. Please seek help from a professional. This will provide you with advanced troubleshooting methods.

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