Manual Journals

Journals are usually used by accountants to work directly with the General Ledger to create both Debit and Credit entries for unique financial transactions. Some types include Sales Journals, Purchase Journals, Cash Disbursement Journal and Cash Receipt Journal. Journal entries are recorded in chronological order.

In Zoho Books, manual journals can be used to record these unique financial transactions which cannot be recorded otherwise. For example, Depreciation rates for a month cannot be recorded generally, in this case a manual journal for the depreciation rate is recorded for the particular month.

Recording Manual Journals

You can add manual journals to Zoho Books either by creating new journals or by importing them.

Creating a Manual Journal

To create a Manual Journal:

Creating a Manual Journal

Enter the the following details:

Fields Description
Date Date on which the adjustment needs to be made.
Reference Number The manual journal will be associated with this number.
Notes Mention a unique reason for creating the journal.
Journal Type Choose Cash based Journal to generate reports of the manual journal based only on cash transactions and not on an accrual basis.
Currency The currency in which you wish to make the journal entry (by default, it is AED).
Account Account from which the amount is to be debited and an account to which the amount is to be credited.
Contact You can associate contacts to the journal entry.
Debit/Credit Amount that needs to be debited or credited from the selected accounts.

You can also attach files to the manual journal by clicking on the Attach Files icon. > Note: Make sure the amount debited is equal to the amount credited.

Now, the journal will be created in the Published or Draft status based on your selection.

Note: When a manual journal is created in the Draft state, the transactions in the manual journal will not reflect in their respective accounts. These transactions will reflect in their respective accounts only when the journal is published.

You can also publish manual journals in bulk by selecting multiple manual journals and then clicking the Publish button.

Importing Manual Journals

You can import manual journals by clicking the settings dropdown.

Journal Numbers

The status of your manual journals, i.e., whether they are in the Published or Draft state, will be included in the imported file.


Generally the Balance Sheet & Profit and Loss reports gets affected on recording manual journals. For more reports you can navigate to Reports > Accountant and view the General Ledger, Journal Report and Trial Balance.

Manual Journal for Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable

Accounts Receivable

Manual Journal for Accounts Receivables will be classified separately under an Accounts Receivable account in Zoho Books.

Let’s assume that you are migrating to Zoho Books from another system that you are currently using. You would have many unpaid invoices in that system, which need to be brought in here.

You can aggregate the total of all those receivables, and record them as an opening balance in the manual journal for Accounts Receivable.

Also, there may be certain cases, where you might need to record some transactions which are not a part of your business sales, but may account to some receivables. For example, Outsourced Services.

This is where the manual journal for AR comes into work. You can post an adjusting journal entry debiting AR and crediting your Service account.

Accounts Payable:

These are generally the amounts that a company might owe to a supplier, from whom they purchased goods & services on credit. You can record manual journal entries for accounts payable in the following cases:

  1. Purchase of goods from your supplier on credit, or payment made through credit card.

  2. Payment is made for a credit purchase made earlier.

Also, there may be other scenarios where you cannot directly record a payable and would have to enter it manually, as a payable.

Note : The transactions made are taken on an Accrual Basis.

Manual Journals can be recorded for accounts involving FCY (Foreign Currency) but not for Credit Cards & Banking modules If you are not sure about creating manual journals for your account adjustments, please take the help of your accountant or bookkeeper.

Invite your accountant or bookkeeper as a User in the organization, so that they can take care of the journal entries. Learn more about inviting a user to the organization

Navigate to Accountant module and go to the Manual Journal section.

Manual Journal

Field Description
Date The date on which the journal is created.
Journal # The order of the journals created (chronological order).
Reference Number Reference number that can be associated with the journal created.
Currency The currency in which you wish to record the journal entry.
Amount The amount for which the journal is credited and debited.
Notes Any notes relating to the created journal.
Contact Enter or select the customer (for accounts receivable) or vendor (for accounts payable).

Manual Journal for Bank Accounts

You can create a manual journal using the bank accounts that you’ve added in the Banking module. After you create a manual journal, the recorded transaction will be listed as a Manually Added transaction in the respective bank accounts as a deposit or a withdrawal.

Manually Added MJ transaction

You can match the manually added bank transaction to an uncategorized transaction. To match:

  1. Click on the Banking tab on the left navigation bar.
  2. Go to the Uncategorized Transactions tab of the respective bank account.
  3. Select an uncategorized transaction.
  4. The best possible matches are listed in the right side of the page which will contain the manually added transaction if the amount and date are same.
  5. Click Match on the respective transaction.

Match manually added transaction

Learn more about matching and categorizing transactions.

Note: It is not possible to create a Manual Journal using a Bank account and a Accounts Payable or Accounts Receivable.

Exporting Manual Journals

You can export your manual journals in Zoho Books to your device in a file that can be password protected. Learn more about exporting data in Zoho Books.

The status of your manual journals, i.e., whether they are in the Published or Draft state, will be included in the exported file.

Other Actions

Edit, Download a PDF Copy, Print and Attach Files

To edit your manual journals, download them as a PDF, print them or attach files to them:

Clone or Delete Manual Journals

To clone or delete a manual journal:

Note: You can also delete your manual journals in bulk by selecting multiple manual journals and then clicking the Delete icon.

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