Are you baffled by streaky lines, misaligned text, and paper jams? This blog post is your one-stop shop guide to finding flawless printing. Whether you’re using a compact home printer or a jack-of-all-trades multifunction printer, these tips and tricks will help you unleash the full potential of your printer.
Prep Makes Perfect:
- Knowledge is power: Start by identifying your printer model and ink type. Knowing your machine’s capabilities is key to troubleshooting and quality control.
- Paper power: Choose the appropriate paper for your print job. Don’t opt for glossy paper when your inkjet printer is designed for standard matte paper. Check your printer’s manual for compatible grades and weights.
- Ink it up: Dry cartridges will foil any print plan. Check ink levels before embarking on important or lengthy print jobs. Low ink can lead to blurry lines and inconsistent colors.
- Calibration station: Run your printer’s calibration software whenever ink cartridges are replaced. This ensures accurate color reproduction and sharp, crisp lines.
Work With Your Printer, Not Against It:
- Driver delights: Unless you have a Mopria certified printer that performs driver and software updates automatically, check that your printer drivers are up-to-date. These provide bug fixes and compatibility improvements for optimal performance. In case you missed it: Microsoft plans to phase out third-party print drivers in favor of universal standards. Learn more about what this means and how to prepare in this article from Ars Technica.
- Clean sweep: Regular printer maintenance is crucial. Clean dust and ink buildup from print heads and rollers to prevent smudges and jams.
- Go custom: Utilize printer settings to your advantage. Tweak resolution for photo quality, or use draft mode for everyday documents. Easily select and change print settings straight from your Android device using the Mopria Print Service app. Download it here for free and instantly gain access to mobile printing and advanced print settings on more than 120 million Mopria certified printers.
- Cut the cord: Embrace wireless printing from your phone or PC with the Mopria ecosystem. There are more than 8,500 printer and scanner models from over 24 printer companies that have adopted universal Mopria standards and solutions for scan and print. These printers will automatically ‘just work’ using the Android Default Print Service, Windows, and even Amazon Fire tablets. The Mopria Print Service unlocks even more functionality and features.
Pro Tips to be *Even More* Perfect:
- Utilize print preview: Catch formatting errors and avoid paper waste by previewing your document before you print.
- Verify file formats: Incompatible file formats can lead to puzzling print glitches. Convert files to PDF if in doubt. Learn why it’s beneficial to use and print PDF files here.
- Think before you ink: Printing double-sided whenever you can will conserve paper and ink.
Bonus: Troubleshooting Glitches
Whether you’re up against a paper jam, blurry text, or error messages, we’ve all been there. Here are a few troubleshooting tips for the most common print glitches.
- The paper jam: Gently remove the jammed paper without tearing. Each printer is different, so take a breath and consult your manual before diving under the hood.
- Streaky lines and faded colors: This probably means your print head is contaminated, or your ink cartridges are low.
- Error message conundrum: Google is your best friend here. Search the error message and printer model to decode your specific issue.
If your specific printer issue isn’t listed here, consult our recent blog post about conquering common print glitches for even more tips.
By following these strategies, you’ll be printing like a pro in no time, with fewer wasted pages and less ink lost. Patience and knowledge are key to a flawless print outcome!
To learn more about the Mopria Alliance and how the industry’s leading printer companies have joined together to unlock simpler solutions, visit mopria.org.