How do I enter all of my account information from the time I opened my accounts until now without messing up my register?

Special Request Question: I am crazy about tracking my finances and want to capture all of my financial information including everything from paychecks, transfers, bills etc. I want to capture every transaction from when the account was first opened until now. Obviously this adds up to a lot of transactions and I am falling behind entering transactions because I am always making more transactions every day. I want to connect with my bank to download transactions for the past 45 days (which is the limit my bank allows) and continue to do this so I will not have to go back and continue to catch up on transactions. When I add these accounts to Quicken it makes the opening balance the farthest back transaction from the 45 days. My opening balance for all of my accounts when originally opened was $50. How would I go about starting from the beginning without messing up my register or running balance? I may be confusing myself but it just seems overwhelming because it’s so much I am trying to accomplish but the longer I put it off without recording my day to day transactions I will be even farther behind! Help Please!

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You should create an account called "Checking" independent of the bank you use. If you switch banks. edit the "account Info". enter your paychecks into the check register.

Paychecks can be memorized, if there is a pattern you can memorize two or three "prototypical" paychecks. Otherwise you will just have to update the values manually each month from the paystub info.
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