The Custom Format feature allows administrators and bookkeepers to tailor their exported data in the format they wish. Many accounting systems have multiple versions of accepted file formats and your unique settings may vary as well. We've created this feature to enable you to adjust the data to be compatible with every accounting system, and your desired format without having to manually amend your file after exporting. 

Here's a step by step guide to create and use your custom template

  1. Select your default system

From the Settings page, click "Start Setting up". You will see a list of accounting systems, scroll down to select "Create your own format". 

2. Enter the Contra Account Number and Create Tax codes

Now you need to create a Pleo bank account in your accounting system and add the nominal code of the account to Contra account number. This number will allocate the expenses to the desired bank account in your accounting system upon importing.

 If your accounting system allows tax codes to be imported, you may add these as well. (For example, Sage utilizes tax codes such as T0, T1 and T9).

3. Format your File 

Now it's time to select your desired file format. Here you have the option to choose either .csv or .xlsx files and further preferences around the file as shown below.

4. Create columns

Next step is to create your template. You'll see the columns created as rows, where you should name the columns in line with the column heading and respective data preferences of your accounting systems accepted import format.   

You may change data and amount formats by clicking the three little dots next to the data source.  Here, you also have the ability to drag and drop different columns into different sequences. Below is an example of how data would appear.

A tip:
If you need a value in one of the columns, choose "Static value" from the data source and then click the three little dots to add the value. This is how you can ie. write the bank account name in your accounting system for each expense!

5. Download a file preview 

By clicking the blue "Download a file preview" link on the bottom of the page, a preview of the file will be generated so that you may verify the format before exporting your expenses 

6. Export your data 

Last Step ! When you are satisfied with the preview of your file, Export and review your expenses from the "Export" tab on the main menu. (Here's some tips for it)

Then using the "Export" flow, you will retrieve your expenses in the format that you have just created.

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