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Preprinted Checks and Other Forms in Quicken 2013 or 2014

By Stephen L. Nelson

You can use Quicken 2013 or 2014 to print checks. This little trick provides a couple of benefits: It’s really fast if you have several checks to print, and your printed checks look very neat and darn professional.

To print checks, you need to do just two things. First, look through the check supply information that comes with Quicken, and pick a check form that suits your style. Then order the form. (The check forms that come with remittance advices — or check stubs — work well for businesses.)

Preprinted check forms aren’t cheap. If you’re using Quicken at home with personal-style checks (such as those that go in your wallet), using computer checks may not be cost effective. Even if you’re using Quicken for a business, and you’re used to buying those outrageously expensive business-style checks, you’ll still find computer checks a bit more expensive.

Although you can order Quicken check forms from other sources (such as your local office supplies store), they’re about the same price from Intuit (the maker of Quicken). If you want to order from Intuit, you can refer to the catalog that came in the Quicken packaging or visit the Quicken website.

One other comment here about printing checks: If you’re going to pay bills electronically, you don’t need to print checks with Quicken. Oh, sure, you can print checks if you want. But you won’t want to. Paying a bill electronically is easier and cheaper than paying a bill with a Quicken-printed check.

A general comment about printing other forms: If you run a business, and the business needs to produce invoices, you can use Quicken Home & Business and Quicken Rental Property Manager (two business-y flavors of Quicken) to produce invoice forms, too. (Both of these features can be added by choosing a command from the Help menu.)