A QuickBooks Enterprise user asks,”Does payroll need to be activated in order to access it in QuickBooks? “
By default, the QuickBooks payroll feature is turned on when setting up a new company. You can, however, turn payroll “off” in your company file if you don’t have payroll or don’t plan to integrate your payroll data into QuickBooks. This is done by editing the Payroll & Employees company preference.
Go to Edit>Preferences and select “Payroll & Employees”. Under the Company preference tab choose the “No Payroll” option. No Payroll turns off all payroll features in QuickBooks.
If you have employees but use an outside payroll service, Intuit recommends this option.