Mark Cleared Checks and Deposits to Balance Accounts

When balancing an account in Quicken 2012, you need to tell Quicken which deposits and checks have cleared at the bank. (Refer to your bank statement for this information.)

  1. Identify the first deposit that has cleared.

    Just leaf through the bank statement and find the first deposit listed.

  2. Mark the first cleared deposit as cleared.

    Scroll through the transactions listed in the right column of the Reconcile: Checking window, find the deposit, and then mark it as cleared by clicking it. Quicken places a check mark in front of the deposit and updates the cleared statement balance.

  3. Record any cleared but missing deposits.

    If you can’t find a deposit, you haven’t entered it into the Quicken register yet. Return to the Quicken register by clicking the Edit button and then enter the deposit in the register in the usual way — but type a c (for cleared) in the Clr column.

    This mark identifies the deposit as one that’s already cleared at the bank. To return to the Reconcile: Checking window, click the Return To Reconcile button.

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  4. Repeat Steps 1–3 for all deposits listed on the bank statement.

  5. Identify the first check or other withdrawal that has cleared.

    No sweat, right? Just find the first check or withdrawal listed on the bank statement.

  6. Mark the first cleared check or other withdrawal as cleared.

    Scroll through the transactions listed in the left column of the Reconcile: Checking window, find the first check, and select it to mark it as having cleared the bank. Quicken inserts a check mark to label this transaction as cleared and updates the Cleared Balance.

  7. Record any missing but cleared checks or withdrawals.

    If you can’t find a check or withdrawal — guess what? — you haven’t entered it in the Quicken register yet. Display the Quicken register by clicking the Edit button. Then enter the check or withdrawal in the register.

    Be sure to type a c (for cleared) in the Clr column to identify this check or withdrawal as one that’s already cleared the bank. To return to the Reconcile: Checking window, click the Return To Reconcile button.

  8. Repeat Steps 5–7 for withdrawals listed on the bank statement.

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