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In QuickBooks Online (on any versions), you can use the Bank Register (aka Cash Register) to manually enter transactions. There is no need to connect the bank account and update the register.
From the left Dashboard > Accounting > Chart of Accounts
Once you have a bank account set up in the Chart of Accounts > Click View Register and click ADD type (below Date column) to enter a transaction.
In case you're not seeing the Running Balance, select small middle gear (next to print icon and excel download icon) and select Running Balance. That's how easy it is.
If you need step-by-step instructions, check out this video tutorial on YouTube.
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You can set up your checking account in the Chart of Accounts page by following these steps:
Please see this sample screenshot for a visual guide:
In the future, if you decide to connect this account for online banking, here's an article with a video tutorial: How to Connect Bank & Credit Cards.
I'm also adding these articles that you can bookmark:
Let me know if there's anything else you need. I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks.