How to Fill Out a Check Using a Computer

By Christopher Capelle

  • Overview

    Writing a check is old school, so if you use Quicken software to balance your checking account, take advantage of its functionality and have it print your checks for you. It takes a few tries to perfect, but soon you'll be able to take some of the pain out of writing checks.
    How to Fill Out a Check Using a Computer
    • Step 1

      Buy the version of Quicken software that will run on your computer. There are many flavors of Quicken available, but if you're a new user, sticking with the basic version will present the smallest learning curve.
      Quicken software by Intuit.
    • Step 2

      Install the software on your computer. If you have the physical CD, install it from that. If you downloaded from the Intuit website, double click the "Installer" file to install it.
      Writing checks by hand is no longer necessary.

    • Step 3

      Set up your checking account in Quicken. Select "New" under "File," and follow the prompts for creating a checking account.
      Setting up a new account in Quicken.
    • Step 4

      Enter the following information in the ledger: payee, payment amount, category and any notes for yourself. Quicken will automatically fill in the necessary information on the check. In the number column, select "Print" from the pull-down menu.
      The ledger in Quicken.
    • Step 5

      Load the checks into the paper tray of the printer. Which side faces up depends on your printer, so confirm to see the correct way to put the checks in.
      Checks designed for a priner.
    • Step 6

      Highlight the transaction for the check you want to print. Under "File," select "Print Check." Select the style of check you want by clicking on the icon in the "Print Checks" window.
      Selecting what style of check you use.
    • Step 7

      Select "Print" to print the checks. Confirm if your check has printed correctly. If it has, then select "Yes."
      The confirmation dialog box.
    • Step 8

      Sign the check, detach one of the stubs for your records and hand or mail the check to the payee.
      The check is in the mail!
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Ingredients:
    • Quicken
    • Checks formatted for printers
    • Printer
    • Tip: Practice printing a few times with a void check or a blank sheet of paper.
    • Tip: Make sure you have the correct paper size and orientation selected before printing.
    • Warning:
    • Keep your blank checks under lock and key.

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