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Create and assign item categories with Square for Restaurants

Who is this article for?
This article is for business owners and team members with item creation permissions creating and assigning item categories with Square for Restaurants. Learn more about team member permissions with Square for Restaurants.

Before you begin

You can assign individual items to categories to track them in your Square for Restaurants reporting and inventory. Item categories also route items to your specific printer stations.

To create an item category, you need access to your Square Dashboard. To assign categories to a printer station, you need access to your Square Restaurants POS app. If you do not have a printer station, learn how to create a printer station.

Create a category

  1. Log in to your Square Dashboard and click Items & orders > Items > Categories.

  2. Click Create a Category.

  3. Enter a Category Name.

  4. Click Save and Assign Items to add items to your category. If you want to assign items later, click Save.

  5. Check the box next to each item you want to assign to the category and click Move Items.

Assign categories to printers

After you create item categories, you can assign categories to specific printers from your Restaurants POS app.

  1. Open your Restaurants POS app and tap Account > Settings > Hardware > Printers.

  2. Select a printer station or tap Create printer station.

  3. Under Use this printer for, tap In Person Orders.

  4. Toggle on Use this printer for in-person order tickets.

  5. Tap Categories to print and select the categories you want to assign to that printer.

  6. Tap the back arrow and tap Save.

Next steps

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