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Personalizing Checks

 Are Intuit’s checks compatible with both QuickBooks and Quicken?
 What fonts can I use on my checks?
 What are the color options for logo design and fonts for customized checks?
 Why do I need to enter the “date account opened” in my Bank Account Information?
 What are the requirements for the check starting number?
 What is alphanumeric numbering?
 What is Reverse Numbering?
 How do I know if I need reverse numbering?
 When I reorder, will the checks automatically come with Reverse Numbering?
 What is "Number of Signature Lines"?
 How does standard check customization differ from Checks-by-Design?
 Do you offer check duplicates?
 Can I purchase multiple types of checks with different starting numbers for a single checking account?
 What does "Select an Existing Account" mean?

 
Are Intuit’s checks compatible with both QuickBooks and Quicken?

Our checks are guaranteed to work with supported versions of Quicken and QuickBooks desktop software. QuickBooks Online supports voucher checks and standard check formats. Wallet check printing is not available at this time.

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What fonts can I use on my checks?

Checks have the following font style options: Auriol, Calvert, Cascade Script, Helvetic, Hobo, Improv, Kaufmann, Korina and Palatino. Plus, you have the option of regular or bold and have font size choices that vary by font style.

To change your font in the product customization process, go to the Company Info step and select the font style. The font you select will automatically appear on the product image, on the right side of the page.

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What are the color options for checks?

Logos and company and bank information can be printed in Black, Blue Green, Maroon, Red and Violet. You may choose to use one or two ink colors. If you select two colors, one must be black. Personalization (your name, address and contact information) must all be one color.

To change the color of the font in the product customization process, go to the last step and select ink colors on the left side of the page. The color you select will automatically appear on the check on the right side of the page.

You can choose to print a logo in 4-color, but you will need to place your custom order over the phone by calling (866) 570-3842, M-F 8am-9pm ET. Additional fees for custom printing will apply.

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Why do I need to enter the “date account opened” in my Bank Account Information?

Some states now require that the date your bank account was opened (approximation is sufficient) be printed on all checks.

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What are the requirements for the Check starting number?

For Standard, Voucher, Office and Away Checks, and Manual Checks, the Check starting number can be three to six digits long.

The starting number for Wallet Check can be three or four digits.

The lowest starting number you can use for any check is 101.

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What is alphanumeric numbering?

Alphanumeric numbering is an easy way to differentiate between different checking accounts by placing letters at the beginning of your check numbers. This service is available for a one-time set-up fee.

To use alphanumeric numbering:

Enter one or two letters in the Check starting number field on the Company Info page of the customization process, followed by your beginning check number.


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What is Reverse Numbering?

Some printers default to printing pages in reverse order, where printing is “back to front” with the last page printed first (e.g. page 3, then page 2, then page 1). This means you’ll need to load your checks to print the highest check number first. Otherwise, your printed checks will have different numbers than those in your QuickBooks check register.


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How do I know if I need reverse numbering?

If your sheet-fed (i.e., laser/ inkjet, or dot matrix) printer loads from the front, you may need to request reverse printing so that your checks feed correctly.

You can determine this by running the following quick test:

Step 1: Mark a sheet of paper on one side.

Step 2: Load the sheet into your printer, marked side up.

Step 3: Print any document.

If your document prints on the unmarked side, ask us to reverse-print your checks. You'll receive them with the starting number at the bottom of the stack, rather than at the top.

Here are some tips to help you with reverse numbered checks, for more accurate bookkeeping and to prevent wasted checks.

Tip 1. Change your printer’s settings so that it will print “front to back” with the first page first (+).
  1. Go to the Start menu.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Printers and Faxes. (For Windows 2000, click Printers.)
  4. Select your printer.
  5. Go to the File menu.
  6. Click Properties.
  7. Find the option that determines whether the first or last page prints first (e.g. Printing Preferences)
  8. Make and save your change.
    For more information, refer to the documentation that came with your printer.
Tip 2. Select the "Reverse Numbering" feature on the Company Info step of the customization tool when you order checks.

        Intuit and most major vendors offer a “reverse collate” feature that will package your checks so they are         collated from highest to lowest check number. This will save you time when you are printing – and prevent         wasted checks – because you will not have to manually reshuffle the checks so that they print in the correct         numerical order.

Tip 3. Load your checks to print in reverse order (from highest to lowest check number)

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When to order checks with Reverse Numbering?

If you printer prints the last page first (page 3, then page 2, then page 1), read the chart below for a recommendation on when to order Reverse Numbering.
My printer feeds
from the…
Facing…Order Reverse NumberingBest Way to Load Checks
Bottom Down Yes The top sheet should be the highest number check (e.g. 150); the bottom sheet should be the lowest number (e.g. 100). Flip the stack and load the checks face down. Now the highest number will be face down on the bottom of the stack.
TopUpYesThe top sheet should be the highest number check (e.g. 150); the bottom sheet should be the lowest number (e.g. 100). The checks should be loaded face up (you’ll see the highest check number).
BottomUpNoThe top sheet should be the lowest number (e.g. 100); the bottom sheet should be the highest number (e.g. 150). The checks should be loaded face up (you’ll see the lowest check number).
TopDownNoThe top sheet should be the lowest check number (e.g. 100); the bottom sheet should be the highest number (e.g. 150). Flip the stack and load the checks face down. Now the lowest number will be face down on the bottom of the stack.

If you are not sure which way your printer feeds and orders the pages, you can run this test (+).
-   Remove all the paper from your printer
-   Load a new stack of paper into the printer, where
  • On the top page of the stack (see diagram below), you have written the text “Top-First Page”
  • On the bottom page of the stack (see diagram below), you have written the text “Bottom-Last Page”
  • The paper is loaded so that you can see the “Top-First Page” text on the top page – this is the face up side
  • -   In the QuickBooks Write Checks window, go to the Print menu and select Print Batch. A Select Checks to Print     window should appear. All the checks that are ready to print will appear.
    -   Select 3 checks to print (you may want to write 3 checks in QuickBooks with a zero dollar amount to use for     testing)
    -   Note the number that is shown as the “First Check Number” (in the example below it is #124)



    -  Click OK. The Print Checks window will appear.
    -  Check the “Voucher” style check (this will print one check per page)
    -  Click Print
    -  A Did Your Check(s) Print OK? window will appear. Click OK. Note: you can reprint these on actual checks later –    in the Write Checks window, put a check mark on “To Be Printed” to tell QuickBooks you want to print the check.
    -  As your printer prints out the pages, note which page comes out first and write the number that was shown earlier    as the “First Check Number” on the page
    -  Go to your QuickBooks register and note which check was assigned the number that appeared in the “First    Check Number” window earlier.
    Now you can tell what order sequence your printer prints by default. If your printer prints the first page first (1, 2, 3 order), then the page that comes out first should show the printed details for the check that was assigned the “First Check Number” in your register (in the example above, it would be check #124).

    Next you can tell how your printer “grabs” the paper from the feeder or tray you’ll be using to print checks. If the first page that prints out is on the page you labeled “Top-First,” then your printer feeds from the top of the paper stack. If the first page that prints out is on the page you labeled “Bottom-Last Page” then your printer feeds from the bottom of the paper stack. If the check details print on the same side of the page you’ve written “Top-First Page,” then your printer prints face up. If the check details are printed on the back of the side your text was written, then your printer prints face down.

    When I reorder, will my Reverse Numbering checks automatically come that way for the reorder?

    Yes, once you've selected Reverse Numbering, your reorders will be processed in the same way. You can see that selection on the Review Order page just before you place your order.

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    What is "Number of Signature Lines"?

    This optional feature allows you to add an additional line for a second signature on your checks.

    Simply select “Two” if you would like to have two signature lines on your checks.


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    How does standard check customization differ from Checks by Design?

    Our standard check customization allows you to choose a check style and design. For additional fees, you may add any one or more custom options “ala carte”, including ink colors, logos or alphanumeric numbering.

    Checks by Design allows you to custom design your checks for one package price and includes a check border, check background, typestyle and ink color. You may also add a logo, additional ink colors and alphanumeric numbering for an additional fee. Checks by Design can be ordered only by phone. Please call 800-556-0087 M-F 8am-11pm and Sat. 10am-4pm ET to speak with a representative.


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    Do you offer check duplicates?

    Yes. Voucher Checks have an option for single, duplicate, or triplicate sheets. The duplicate checks have an original copy and a yellow copy. The triplicate checks have an original copy, yellow copy and a pink copy. If you need to file an extra copy of your checks, you should select Voucher checks, and choose duplicate or triplicate sheets.

    Note: Customization for Voucher checks will show on the first sheet only.

    For laser & inkjet printers, your software prints one copy at a time on pre-collated sheets.

    For dot matrix printers, your check copies are printed on carbonless (NCR) paper.

    Make sure you've indicated the type of printer you are using as you customize your checks.

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    Can I purchase multiple sets of checks with different starting numbers for a single checking account?

    Yes, you can use multiple sets of check numbers for a single account. Having two sets of checks with different starting numbers can help you tell immediately whether a check was printed from your software or written by hand. Simply choose a starting number for your computer checks that is considerably higher than that for your handwritten checks. For example, if your handwritten checks are in the 1,000 range, begin your computer checks at 5,000.

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    What does "Select an Existing Account" mean?

    If you've previously ordered checks from IntuitMarket, you can choose to automatically copy bank account information from a previous order to a new one. Use a dropdown menu to select the bank, account and routing number that will appear on the checks you are ordering.

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