Printing personal checks

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12 Jan, 2023 04:04 PM

When I switched to MoneyDance a couple of years ago, I figured out how to print personal (not business) checks using my laser printer.
Now, I don't use many checks anymore, but my handwriting has not gotten better with age, so it is convenient to print a personal check directly from MoneyDance.
I've attached a screen shot of the check layout that works for checks from three different banks. Note that this uses the Standard check layout and 1 check per page. I suppose that one could use the other layouts (Stub or Voucher) if you had two check styles that were quite different. I recently changed computers and I lost the check printing settings in the switch and had to re-create them. This time, I decided to document the process for others to use.

My printer is a Brother's double sided laser printer. It will not feed check sized paper normally (paper is too short), but it works in Portrait mode with the paper fed in lengthwise. These instructions assume that will work on your printer. To print checks, I set the paper supply to Manual feed, orientation to Portrait and turn off Double sided printing. The check goes in the manual paper feed tray lengthwise, left end first with the front of check facing up. See the P1080072.JPG Picture.

To get this working:
1. Cut some paper into check size.
2. Make sure that this paper can be fed lengthwise by your printer without jamming.
3. Open the check printing layout page (File/Preferences/Check Printing tab).
4. Fill in the fields as shown in the attached CheckLayout.jpg picture, including selecting Standard check type, 1 check per page and uncheck Show Address.
5. Set your printer to Portrait orientation and Manual feed
6. Use the Print Test Page button and refine the numbers as needed to work on your bank's checks.
7. Once the sample looks good, click on OK to save the settings.
8. Note the orientation of how your check needs to be put in your manual feed tray to print properly.

To print a check:
1. Go to the account with that needs a check to be printed (Print in the check # column) and select File/Print Check.
2. In the print checks dialog box, set the check number as needed. This will replace the "Print" in the check number column once the check is successfully printed.
3. Set the Check Type to Standard and Checks on First Page to 1.
4. Click OK.
5. In the print dialog box, select your printer and set any properties needed, like orientation, feed tray, etc.
6. Put your check in the manual feed tray oriented per #8 above.
7. Click on OK to print the check. If you have multiple checks to be printed, your printer should wait for another check to be put in the manual feed tray and then it should print the next check.
8. Once al checks are printed, follow the instruction in the Verify Printed Checks dialog.

  1. 1 Posted by kerrychesbro on 12 Jan, 2023 04:10 PM

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    The pictures do not show in this discussion. If they can't be shown, I'll reply with the X and Y coordinate numbers.

  2. 2 Posted by dwg on 12 Jan, 2023 07:17 PM

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    You can attach images to discussions but it must be done using the web interface.

  3. 3 Posted by kerrychesbro on 12 Jan, 2023 07:55 PM

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    Well, I did use the web interface. I'll try again here.

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