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How To Change Settings for Writing Checks

Updated: 5/22/2012 | Article ID: GEN82340

  1. Choose Edit menu > Preferences.
  2. In the left pane, click Write Checks.
  3. In the right pane, select the settings you want to use.
    • Printed date style

      This option prints the year in two or four digits; for example, 12, 04, or 2012, 2004. Depending on your printer, font, and check style, you may have difficulty printing the four-digit year.

      You can change other aspects of the way Quicken displays dates by changing settings in Windows Control Panel. To change them, open the Regional Settings control panel and click the Date tab.

    • Spell currency units

      When this option is selected, Quicken will specify and spell out the currency unit in the second amount field (for example, "Thirty Dollars Only" vs. "Thirty Only").

    • Allow entry of extra message on check

      Adds an extra message line to the check and prints it where it can't be seen from the transparent window on the envelope. You can use it for confidential information such as credit account numbers.

      If you add a message and then clear this check box, Quicken saves the text of the message. You can restore the message by selecting this check box again.

      You add the message only from the Write Checks window (Cash Flow menu > Write Checks).

    • Print categories on voucher checks

      Voucher checks have a perforated, attached voucher page that allows room for more descriptive memos or itemized breakdown of the payment. With this setting, you can print category information from split transactions on the attachment. Quicken can print up to 16 lines of split information on the attachment.

    • Change date of checks to date when printed

      Changes the date of your checks to the date when you print them. This is useful if you typically print your checks on different days than you write them.

  4. Click OK to save your changes.
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