Trying to export from QB Mac 2019 to QB Windows 2016, not working

I'm trying to just open my QBB file in Windows for one minute so I can save it and then import it into Turbotax Business.  Hard to believe I'm going to need to pay Intuit $200 just to update Quickbooks PC 2016 to 2019 to use it for one minute every year, but so far my exports from the Mac version are crashing the PC version.  Has anyone successfully done this export, from 2019 on the mac to an earlier version on the PC?  There's a long list of things to do when exporting from the Mac, and options to rebuild the file, etc., but before I go too crazy with those I'd like to confirm that what I'm trying will work at all...

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What SkinnyRaven says is the true official line. However it often works anyway. Make sure you have updated your QuickBooks Windows 2016 program completely before importing. Do the same for QuickBooks Mac before exporting (using QuickBooks->Check for Updates).  Then run a File->Utilities->Verify in QuickBooks Mac.  If any problem is reported (maybe even if one isn't) run File->Utilities->Rebuild.  Then try the export.

One other thing: make your company file name on disk doesn't have any MS-DOS reserved characters like : \ bullets, etc.  You can see the file name by using Help->Product information - its at the bottom of the window). QuickBooks Windows is known to fail if those characters are present in your company file nam.e

If none of that helps let me know here. 

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