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How to Print Checks in Quicken Essentials for Mac

Updated: 11/28/2011 | Article ID: GEN82839

Overview

Using Quicken to write and print your checks can save you time and help you to avoid clerical errors. Additionally, you can avoid the duplicate work of handwriting checks and then recording them in Quicken.

To print a check

  1. Choose File > Print Checks.
  2. Select the account containing the checks to be printed.
  3. Select which checks you would like to print.
  4. You can choose Select All or Clear All to select or deselect all the checks in the list.
  5. Click Print.
  6. Verify that the check printing settings are correct:
    • The first check number should match the first check number of the checks in your printer.
    • The check style selected should match the checks in your printer (standard, voucher, or wallet).
    • You have indicated if the first page is a partial page with one or two checks remaining.
  7. Click Print.
    If the checks did not print correctly:
    • You can reprint one or more checks, if necessary.
    • You can fine-tune the check alignment for your printer.
    Quicken is designed to print checks that comply with the United States federal Check 21 Act.

The steps for reprinting a check are the same as printing a check, but you'll want to follow these additional steps:

  1. Make sure you destroy or otherwise void the previously printed check.
  2. In the register, select the transaction for the check you want to reprint.
  3. Click Edit Check.
  4. Select the To be printed checkbox.
  5. Save the transaction.
  6. Print the check as usual, paying special attention to entering the correct number in the Starting Check Number field.

To reprint a check

The steps for reprinting a check are the same as printing a check, but you'll want to follow these additional steps:

  1. Make sure you destroy or otherwise void the previously printed check.
  2. In the register, select the transaction for the check you want to reprint.
  3. Click Edit Check.
  4. Select the To be printed checkbox.
  5. Save the transaction.
  6. Print the check as usual, paying special attention to entering the correct number in the Starting Check Number field.

To adjust check printing alignment

In most cases, you won't need to do anything special to print checks with the text aligned correctly. If you do have problems, however, you may need to use these steps to adjust the alignment of text on your checks—but only if you have followed the instructions for printing checks and the text is still not aligned correctly on the printed checks.

Once you get your checks to print correctly, Quicken saves your alignment settings, so you won’t have to change them again to print checks with the same alignment in the future.

  1. Choose File > Print Checks.
  2. Select the checkbox labeled Adjust Alignment.
  3. Insert a sheet of US Letter paper (not checks) into your printer.
  4. Click the Print button to print an alignment guide.
  5. Hold the alignment guide on top of a page of your checks and verify that the text appears in the right place.
  6. If you need to adjust the alignment, drag the text as necessary in the preview section of the printer dialog.
  7. Click the Print button to print an adjusted alignment guide. Repeat until the text is properly aligned.
  8. Clear the Adjust Alignment checkbox and continue printing your checks.

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