Be able to independently align individual "lines" when printing Quicken Voucher Checks

I find that the check alignment process could be better. It would be nice to be able to align individual "lines" independent of other "lines" when printing Quicken Voucher Checks.

The Memo line is not printing across from the Memo position on voucher checks and is printing very close to the routing numbers at the bottom of the voucher checks. It needs to be moved 'up' about three lines without adjusting/disturbing the other preprinted fields on the voucher check. Currently when one adjusts one line on a voucher check the other lines are automatically shifted the same amount in the same direction.
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  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    @William Day You should cast a vote for your own idea by clicking the little gray arrow under the vote counter in the blue box under the first post in this thread. (Others who want this addressed need to vote as well.)

    The issue of aligning checks -- and specifically being able to adjust the height of the address and the memo fields independently -- has been brought up many times in this forum (here and here and here, to note a few). The site moderators have unfortunately closed all those threads because they are old -- but the issue hasn't been addressed and it's unclear if they ever forwarded this issue to the development team or if it's on their roadmap. You may want to use the Report a Problem feature in the Quicken Help menu to explain why it's a problem for you; the more people who do that, the more likely it gets some attention.

    The problem is that the code for printing checks is old: it comes from the predecessor 2010-era Quicken Essentials for Mac program, which served as the code the current Quicken Mac was built from. They have to completely re-write the check printing code part of the program in order to modernize it, so what seems like it might be an easy fix is actually something that's a bigger project. And with it being a problem for an apparently small percentage of Quicken Mac users, it hasn't been high on their priority list.

    Meanwhile, many users have found that by adjusting the entire block of text up or down a bit, they can get to a non-optimal-but-workable solution for their checks. The memo may partly show through the window if you shift everything up, but you might find that better than having it too low.
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Donald E. Kaye
    Donald E. Kaye Member ✭✭✭
    Quicken 2007 gave the user the ability to adjust each field on a check. Quicken 2020 for the Mac does not. For example, if I want to record a Memo on the check, it appears on a part of the check that makes the memo unreadable. Moving it up, moves everything on the check up so nothing else aligns properly. I would like to see a return of the ability to adjust each field on a check, so proper alignment is possible.
  • Quicken Anja
    Quicken Anja Moderator mod
    edited November 2020
    Hello @Donald E. Kaye,

    Thank you for taking the time to visit the Community and post your request, though I apologize that this feature isn't currently offered.

    I have moved your post to this ongoing idea thread for this topic.

    Be sure to navigate to the top of this post and click the up arrow to add your vote!

    Our development team frequently uses our idea posts in order to improve Quicken and implement new features requested by customers. 

    Thank you!

    -Quicken Anja
  • aj98home
    aj98home Member
    so frustrating that they are not fixing this after you spend money on custom checks
  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    There seem to be more separate threads complaining about this issue than there are votes for this topic! Among them:

    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • I concur with the many community posts that request that Quicken for Mac be updated to include the ability to align individual check fields (ie., memo field) for printing checks. I just bought a new set of checks and are experiencing the same problems I did previously... when I properly align the name, date, and amount fields, the memo field prints far too low. It is almost on top of the bank routing and account numbers.
    This really needs to be fixed. The memo field is where I place the account number.
  • Susan Brasel
    Susan Brasel Member ✭✭
    I am having the same issue with Windows and Quicken check printing. The memo field is too low and close to the routing numbers on my checks. I use three to a page wallet checks. I agree that the memo field needs to be brought up 3 to 4 lines.
  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    @Susan Brasel This thread is about an issue specific to Quicken Mac. I suggest you post your issue in a new Question under one of the Quicken Windows categories so the Windows experts here will see it and respond. 
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Hello! I have used Quicken for Mac for about 8 years now and finally decided to use the check printing feature. I ordered checks that said they work with Quicken and the alignment is off. The Payee line and line below are too close. If I align the Date, Payee, etc perfectly, the money amount written out just below is below the second line. Can't find any way to move up just that one line. Any help is appreciated.
  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    edited October 2021
    @Big Steve  Unfortunately, there is no help anyone can really offer. Quicken Mac doesn't have the capability to adjust the position of lines on a check individually. Perhaps they'll re-write this old section of the code someday, but for now, there's nothing you can do but move everything up and down together, and try to find the best compromise for your checks.

    And make sure you go to the top of this thread and vote for the feature request (by clicking the little gray arrow under the vote count in the big blue box).
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Lysander Spooner
    Lysander Spooner Member ✭✭✭✭
    As has been mentioned over the years, the MEMO field prints ver low on the Voucher Check. You can adjust alignment for the entire check but this is not granular enough.

    I would like the ability to choose where the MEMO field prints.

    Here is an example of the current problem:

  • Quicken Anja
    Quicken Anja Moderator mod
    Hello @Lysander Spooner,

    Thank you for reaching out to the Community with your request.

    I went ahead and merged your Idea to this active Idea thread regarding this topic.

    Ideas are reviewed by our Development and Product teams to see what features people would like to have available in the future. Please, be sure to add your own vote as well by clicking the up arrow (see example below).

    Thank you!
    -Quicken Anja
  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    As has been mentioned in other Memo Line - related discussions, the position of the Memo line is a compromise between positioning it correctly or positioning it low. When positioned correctly, the Memo text will be readable in the address window of mailing envelopes. Users didn't want that, so the programmers moved the line as far down as possible.
    IMHO, yes, making the Memo line (and perhaps all others) individually adjustable to the user's specific needs would be really helpful. I vote for this programming change to be made soonest possible.
  • HerbieSD
    HerbieSD Member
    I, too, vote for this programming change regarding the memo line ASAP. Quicken support has been notably unhelpful about this.
  • Ric Helthall
    Ric Helthall Member
    I just voted for this improvement. Got new Voucher Checks and the current text alignment approach requires all fields to move up, down, right or left. We desperately need to move the Payor Name $$ amount and Dollar Text as one field; then the address field separately and finally the memo field separately ... this will allow perfect alignment of check from varying Voucher Check Suppliers.