This article guides you through setting up alignment for printing checks/cheques.


Set up check/cheque alignment

Important: If this is the first time you are printing checks/cheques on pre-printed forms, additional setup is required. Click here to perform the steps.

Note: We can only guarantee compatibility with checks/cheques specifically designed for QuickBooks Online. You may check our IntuitMarket page to find exclusively designed checks/cheques for QuickBooks.
  1. Select the Plus icon (+) icon at the top.
  2. Under Vendors, choose Print Checks.
  3. At the bottom of the page, select Print setup.
  4. The window changes to Print checks setup. Choose No, continue setup at the bottom of the page.
  5. On the next screen, select No, continue setup again.
  6. Now you’re on Fine-tune alignment, drag the grid inside the large square to the place where it appears on your printout. This lets QuickBooks figure out how to adjust the alignment.
  7. Select View preview and print sample in the lower left and choose Print at the bottom.
  8. After the sample is printed on plain paper, hold it up to the light against a check/cheque and see if the alignment is correct.
  9. If you still need to do some fine tuning, close the sample and then go back to the grid to make adjustments, then print a fresh sample.
  10. Select Finish Setup when your sample’s alignment looks correct.
  11. Apply the following changes: (Changes should apply to most printer versions – make changes for the options you see below)
    • Page Scaling: set to None
    • Auto-Rotate and Center must not be checked
    • Make sure that Choose Paper Source by PDF size is checked.

    If you’re using Adobe 10.1.2, these options are slightly different:

    1. Under Page Size & Handling
      • Select Actual Size
      • Select Choose paper source by PDF size
    2. Under Orientation
      • Select Auto portrait/landscape

*US customers only - For additional questions directly related to printing paychecks, see the instructions in our help article Troubleshoot printing paychecks, pay stubs and forms.

Additional setup if printing on pre-printed forms for the first time

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