There is a feature inside QuickBooks reports that many businesses are not familiar with, even though they see evidence of it each and every time they run a report.
While I am unsure of the technical term Intuit has assigned to this feature, I'll refer to it as the "collapse" arrow. By clicking this arrow on or off, you have the ability to control just how much detail shows up in your reports.
For this example, we'll use the Profit and Loss Standard (Reports > Company and Financial > Profit and Loss Standard) and focus on the Cost of Goods Sold section to show you exactly what I am referring to.
This first screen shot shows the report as it looks when it is first created - the expanded view showing all the accounts and balances:
Now, I will click the arrowhead - here is what this section of the report now looks like:
See how the "Job Expenses" section of the report has been collapsed down to one number?
This is a great way to get your reports to look just like you want them to!
Just in case you are not seeing the arrowhead above, it means you are using a version of QuickBooks prior to 2013. The feature first became available in QuickBooks 2013.
Pretty handy, eh?