Manual Journals

In reality, journals are used by accountants to work directly with the general ledger to create both debit and credit entries for unique financial transactions. The journal entries are recorded in chronological order. The specialty journals are Sales Journals, Purchase Journals, Cash Disbursement Journal and Cash Receipt Journal.

In Zoho Books, manual journals can be used to record these unique financial transactions which cannot be recorded normally otherwise. E.g: Depreciation rates for a month cannot be recorded normally, in this case a manual journal for the depreciation rate can be 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

In the manual journal section, select the +New Journal button to create a new journal.

Creating a Manual Journal

P.S.: 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 under a separate Accounts Receivable account in Zoho Books.

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

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

Also, there may be certain cases, where you will need to record some transactions, which are not a part of your business sales. But these transactions 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 amounts that a company/organisation 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.When you purchased goods from your supplier, on credit. Or made payment using a credit card.

2.When a payment is made for a credit purchase made earlier

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

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

P.S.: 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 organisation, so that they can take care of the journal entries. Learn more about inviting a user to the organisation

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

Manual Journal

Field Description
Date The date for which the journal is created.
Journal # The order of the journals created, it is based on chronological order.
Reference Number Reference number that can be associated with the created journal.
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) – This is a mandatory field.

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 uncategorised transaction. To match:

  1. Go to the Uncategorised Transactions tab of the respective bank account in the Banking module.
  2. Select an uncategorised transaction.
  3. The best and possible matches are listed in the right pane which will contain the manually added transaction if the amount and date are same.
  4. Click Match on the respective transaction.

Match manually added transaction

Learn more about matching and categorising transactions.

Note: It is not possible to create a manual journal using a bank account and 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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