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Double entries . . .

I am using Quicken Essentials for the MAC. I manually enter a check # 's in Quicken when I pay a bills. Then if I go online and update with my bank, I get the most current activity and consequently get double entires when a check that I wrote say two weeks ago clears my bank and then shows up. I then have to go and delete the old entry I made and only keep the entry for a given check that the bank has posted. How can I avoid this double entry business? Lately, I have written checks and simply kept a handwritten page on paper and not posted that in my Quicken but that sure is archaic. Am I missing something?
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    Instead of deleting one of the entries, you can manually 'match' the duplicates.
    Do this by selecting the downloaded transaction and dragging it to the earlier, manually entered, transaction in the register.
    If you have the 'Match Status' column displayed, you will see the status change from 'Downloaded' to 'Match'

    My understanding is that this helps 'teach' QEM to eventually make most of the matches automatically.

    Matching also preserves the original date that you issued the check, as well as the banks posting date.
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