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Fix Sage 50 Error: "You Must Post and Print Before Closing"

Sage 50 accounting software is a critical tool for managing financial transactions and reporting in many small to medium-sized businesses. However, users occasionally encounter an error message stating, "You Must Post and Print Before Closing." This error typically occurs when the user attempts to close a period without having posted all of the necessary journal entries.

Causes of Sage 50 Error "Must Post Print Closing"

Several underlying issues can trigger this error:

  • Reason #1: Not all journal entries have been posted. Sage 50 requires that all transactions are posted to the correct accounts before closing a period.

  • Reason #2: Data verification issues. Sometimes, the data within Sage 50 can become corrupted, leading to various errors, including this one.

  • Reason #3: Incorrect beginning balances. If the beginning balances for the period are not correctly posted or calculated, Sage 50 can prevent period closure to avoid discrepancies.

Solutions for Fix Sage 50 Error "Must Post Print Closing"

Solution #1: Post All Journals

  1. Open Sage 50 and navigate to the Journal Entries section.
  2. Review all journal entries to ensure they are correctly filled out and allocated to the right accounts.
  3. Post each unposted journal entry. You can typically find an option or button labeled "Post" or "Post All" within the journal entry section.
  4. Verify that all entries have been posted by checking the status column next to each entry, which should indicate "Posted."

Solution #2: Run Data Verification

  1. Back up your Sage 50 data. This is critical before running any form of data verification or repair.
  2. Navigate to File > Maintenance > Data Verification.
  3. Select Both Tests (Data Verification and Reindex Files) and click OK.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to start the verification process. It may take some time, depending on the size of your data.
  5. Once completed, Review the verification report for any errors or issues and address as needed.

Solution #3: Ensure Beginning Balances are Correctly Posted

  1. Go to the Reports section and generate a Trial Balance report for the beginning of the period.
  2. Compare the beginning balances in the report to your records to ensure accuracy.
  3. If you find any discrepancies, Adjust the beginning balances through journal entries.
  4. Recheck the trial balance to ensure all corrections have been made successfully.


How do I know if all my journal entries are posted?

You can verify if all your journal entries are posted by checking the status column next to each journal entry in the Journal Entries section. The status should indicate "Posted" for all entries.

What should I do if data verification finds errors?

If the data verification process finds errors, you may need to take additional steps to correct these. This can include restoring from a backup prior to the errors occurring or manually correcting the errors based on the details provided in the verification report.

Can I post and print later?

Yes, you can post all necessary transactions and choose to print the reports at a later time. However, ensure that all posts are completed before attempting to close the period to avoid this error.

By following these steps, you should be able to resolve the Sage 50 error "You Must Post and Print Before Closing" and ensure that your accounting records are up-to-date and accurate, allowing you to close the period without issue.

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