Writing checks makes me angry. Not because it represents a withdrawal from one of my accounts. I'm OK with that. I just really don't enjoy engaging in the physical act of sitting down and scribbling on a piece of paper, knowing that there are much better ways to relay money these days. I'm all about efficiency, and check-writing is all about... something else.
But, there are still situations in life where cutting a check is still the best or only option. They're becoming fewer and far between, but they still exist - occurring often enough to be annoying/frustrating/anger-inducing.
I have both personal and business checking accounts, which compounds the issue. But, I've always historically used QuickBooks to manage my corporate books. The nice thing about QuickBooks is that you can print checks directly from the software. The crappy thing about QuickBooks, though, is that they come out with a new, more expensive version every month and a half. (I kid. It's every year.) And given that I use very few features in the software, I have no reason to upgrade (except when it holds me back from upgrading my Mac's operating system, the situation I'm currently in). Grrr.
I've looked at QuickBooks alternatives several times in the past, typically web-based options. However, each time, the deal-breaker for me has been lack of support for printing checks! (Seriously, I dislike writing checks that much.) I looked around for some sort of stand-alone check printing option, but I couldn't find any. I surmised that there must be some sort of Word/Excel/HTML template out there that would help facilitate check-printing, but I couldn't find one.
If you have no interest in deciphering GitHub repositories, downloading files, or fiddling with HTML, I suggest you take a look at this no-fuss check-printing service instead of messing with the template linked-to below.
So, I finally did what any capable, but frustrated, software developer would do in my situation - I built one myself. And so, I offer you an HTML file that will allow you to print QuickBooks-compliant standard business checks!
I've been using it for nearly a year now with no issues, allowing me to finally ditch QuickBooks all-together. So, if you have any similar need, please head on over to my check-print project on GitHub and download the template. Full instructions are provided on the project page.
Again, this check-printing service is a simpler, but non-free option.
Anybody out there find this helpful? If so, I'd love to hear from you (if, for no other reason, to know that I'm not the only one to ever have this need).
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Pretty good. Margins need to be adjusted for other browsers and operating systems. On mine the lines printed a half-inch too high. I could see value in creating a web form so I don't need to type in the fields each time. I spent more time trying to modify the HTML to print one check than it takes to hand-write it.
Absolutely agree that the crappy part of Quickbooks is the high rate of product turnover and discontinuation.Thanks for the inspiration!
Linux 3.9, Firefox v22, hp1200 printer
I, too, loath writing cheques and want to escape the horror that is QuickBooks. I'm not particularly tech savvy, so having a web form would be really helpful. I'd definitely donate! Let's be honest - I'd rather send my money to you than the goliath that has held my cheque-printing habits hostage for the last five years.
Too amazing. And simple enough to get the job done. We are non-profit and carrying the cost of Quickbooks when we have a very simple accounting process with only 1-5 checks being written within a month or two; was just not feasible. This is our solution 😃
How's about something for deposit slips??
I do like your idea, but I use Kashoo, which prints checks for me.
Now I just need to figure out deposit slips.
Isn't it amazing that we could not find ANY template! I couldn't find one. Then I "got smart" and tried searches honing in on Word. Nothing until I came across you. I'm not sure how to make use of your program. I'm not an HTML editor. Pasted your code into Notebook text editor and an online HTML editor. In both cases I only saw the same code. Even when I opened the .txt file with Firefox. All I saw was the code. Would love to try it with your help. Thanks!
You can try easy to use and simple Cheque Printing Software 6.6 by VirtualSplat Software Pvt Ltd. It works for all bank checks and for all printers.
Direct Download Link : http://www.virtualsplat.com/cp6.exe
Hope this helps.
Have a nice day.
hi everyone, I developed a system where in you only have to export the transaction journal - right after writing the check in quickbooks - in excel then a series of formulas automatically places the values from the exported transaction journal to the rightful place of the values to the check - ready for printing directly to the check. any one interested just let me know
The link I mentioned above is direct download link. You can visit the website : http://www.virtualsplat.com/software-solution/cheque-bill-printing-software.asp
The software is Free for 30 days. But if you like the software and if you feel like purchasing it forever, the cost of registered key or what we call it as licence is INR 3371/- (including the service tax!)
If you have any further doubts, you can contact me.
Have a nice day.
I'm fairly technical but when I open the html it shows all the code and then when I print, it prints the code. I tried Safari and Firefox on a Mac. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?
Kinda late to the party here but your HTML file helped me tremendously to avoid Quickbooks so thank you for that. To simplify things and as some of the other folk who commented requested, i threw together a quick GUI which makes things a little easier to manage. You can find it on my blog at http://derekritchie.com/check-writing-without-quickbooks/
Thanks again for your great work, much appreciated
I enjoyed your article on check writing. I've been printing checks for over twenty years now. I've had many people that don't like Quickbooks. Some have custom check programs that the enjoy better. I pretty much have see all of them. Since I have print checks to there check setup. I have seen less and less of the custom checks and more leaning to Quickbooks just out of convince. I actually had a programmer design me a nice one that works just fine. It was about a third the cost of Quickbooks.
Hey this worked great! Had to tweak it a bit, but it does the trick. The only problem I am having is that when I open it in Firefox or Chrome the file path appears in upper right hand corner and prints on the checks (e.g - file:///E:Desktop/test.html). Anyone know a way to remove this? Thanks for the great file though!
If you want a totally free 'real' professional quality business accounting system that has been around for years and will print checks for you, I suggest checking out BS/1 from Davis Software. The basic version is entirely free. I've been using this software for the past year to do the books for a non-profit group associated with my daughter's school. Perhaps it is not as easy to use as QuickBooks, but the price (free) makes up for it.
see http://www.dbsonline.com/accounting/ to download.
Hey you can use this one : http://onlinechekcwriter.com no need any kind of software. you can print your check from anywhere. Please check it out.
Sorry spelling mistake -https://onlinecheckwriter.com/
This is great! Thanks Mike for this. Worked great for me.
Only question: the extra "Replace-Me"'s lines for address - should I delete or replace with blank space?
Thanks, and cheers
omg. This is exactly what I need. My tax lady ordered me checks but it's for quickbooks and i'm like, I don't like quickbooks and don't want to write my checks. thank you for making this!!!!!