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You'll see an orange exclamation mark on the payroll status when there's an alert in QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT). Please allow me to help check this further for you.
If the status of your payroll/paycheck is To Print and there's an orange exclamation mark beside it, you may need to right click the status and select on Remove from print queue if you're done printing the paycheck.
If the payroll/paycheck wasn't printed yet, you can click on the payroll status itself, click OK under Select Paycheck to Print, click on Print in the Print Checks page and click on OK.
I'd like to join the discussion and ensure you get the right clarification regarding this matter.
Just to confirm, do you see the orange exclamation point and Pending status in the Create Paychecks section of the Payroll Center? If so, it means that you've set up a Pay Schedule that's due on that specific date.
A quick and easy to clear this is to run the scheduled payroll. However, if you've already run payroll for that day using the Start Unscheduled Payroll button, then you may need to update the dates of this pay schedule. Here's how: