Most printers will display a pop-up disclaimer or error message when you click print, and there is minimal to no ink in the cartridges. Other printers, on the other hand, may start printing and stop suddenly when they run out of ink. When you’re printing many documents at a go with a limited ink supply, some documents will be printed out with faint color, and you may have to dispose of them. It also brings an extra workload of restarting the printing process from when the ink runs out.
To avoid such hustle, it’s imperative to implement effective techniques for properly testing your printer’s ink. There are several methods of determining the levels of ink in the cartridges, with each varying depending on the type of device you are using such as HP, EPSON, Canon, Kodak or Dell among others.
The Test Page Method
A test page denotes a document containing brief printer information that is used to check if the printer is working or whether there is ink in the cartridges. This entails clicking on an arrow on your printer subsequent to which a test page is printed. Other printers may require you to go to the control panel on your PC, find the printer option and select ‘test page.’ If the software that accompanied your printer has a test page option, you can use that as well. Please note that you can also print out your document’s first page as a test page.
Checking the Printer Software
The modern printers’ software comes with multiple features that can help you with printing guidelines. This includes instructions for checking the ink levels in the cartridges. Open the manufacturer software of your printer, and you will see a graphic representation of cartridges and their ink levels. This method is more accurate as compared to the test page because you will be able to tell when it’s safe to print in bulk hence avoiding wastage of paper among other printing materials.
Check Cartridges manually
This involves checking the ink levels by taking out the cartridges by hand. Depending on your type of printer, this method might be close to impossible or totally doable. The manual check requires you to access where the cartridges are located. If you haven’t done this before, it is highly advisable that you get assistance from someone who is conversant with the procedure or refer to the printer’s manual. After opening the printer, carefully press the cartridges down and pull them out one at a time to check the ink. Nowadays, many ink cartridges are clear in color hence making it easy to see how much ink is there.
Is your printer producing faint shades of the font? This is a sign of low ink levels, and you are required to replace the cartridges. This, however, can also happen when you stay for long without using your printer hence causing streaks on paper, which implies that your printing head is clogged. Do not let your cartridges run dry; always replace them promptly to extend your printer’s lifespan.