Canon Printer How To Install Ink Cartridge

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Canon Pixma How To Replace Ink Cartridge

Replacing and aligning ink cartridges for Canon and most other inkjet printers used in your business is a user-friendly process requiring only a few moments to complete. Ink cartridges are seated and secured in a common mounting assembly attached to a motorized carriage on a horizontal track. As paper travels vertically through the printer, the print carriage moves side-to-side, allowing the ink cartridges to transfer ink in narrow lines until the image is completed. Because color is achieved by layering various combinations of translucent printing inks, all cartridges must print on the same horizontal plane. Misaligned cartridges cause poor overall print quality by producing print lines slightly askew of those printed by aligned cartridges and must be adjusted. Alignment is an automated task done by the printer, but users must initiate the process and indicate alignment adjustments as needed.

Replace Canon Ink Cartridge


How to Replace & Align Canon Ink Cartridges. Top of the printer to expose the ink cartridges. Of each cartridge housing to remove them. Install the replacement. This easy guide will show you the basics to how to change cartridges and install replacement cartridges for any printer, including Hp, Canon, Brother, Epson and Lexmark. Whether you have a laserjet or inkjet printer, changing a computer cartridge can be difficult, but it's usually pretty easy to figure out when you need to change your cartridge. Replace Canon Ink Cartridge. Small amounts of liquid ink may be present on old ink cartridge bodies and printer interior parts and may be difficult to remove from hands, clothing and.

Canon Pixma Printer Ink Installation

Power on the computer and printer and ensure the two are connected.


Locate the interior access door at the top or front of the printer, gently lifting or prying until the door opens fully. On some Canon models, the carriage, ink cartridges and cartridge mount will be visible and accessible. On others, opening the door will cause the carriage to move into a position to access the cartridges. If neither occurs, locate and depress the 'Reset' button on the printer or search for the reset command in the printer menu if equipped.


Locate the empty cartridge by reading the color printed on the top-mounted label and inspect the holding mechanism. Ink cartridges are either secured to their seat within the print carriage with non-visible tabs integrated with the cartridge body, or by hinged plastic clip retainers which are visibly evident at the top of the cartridge.


Remove cartridges with no external clip by grasping from the side and pulling upward. Remove cartridges with external clip retainers by gently lifting the clip with your fingers and lifting the cartridge from its seat. Labels guiding you through model-specific cartridge removal and replacement procedures will be visible inside the printer for additional reference if needed.


Remove the new cartridge from its packaging and remove the colored protective tape covering the electrical contact panel at the front or bottom of the cartridge housing.


Insert the cartridge into the seat recently vacated by the old cartridge. If no external clips are used, press downward on the cartridge with gentle pressure until it snaps securely in place. If hinged clips are present, insert the cartridge in the seat and press the clip into place.


Repeat all steps for removal and replacement of additional cartridges and close the access door when finished. The printer will perform a test cycle which will be indicated by a flashing light. When the cycle is completed, printer noise will cease and the flashing light will go out or remain constantly on. The printer is now ready to print or perform the alignment procedure. Printing and inspecting a test page for printing quality and ink application is recommended, but alignment of the cartridges is optional and at the discretion of the user.

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Ensure the printer and computer are turned on and connected.


Locate the printer utility program by clicking on the printer's desktop icon if present. If it is not, click Start and type the printer make or model into the search box. When the printer utility program is displayed, click the program name to open the utility dialog box.


Locate the 'Maintenance' tab at the top of the printer dialog box and click to view contents. Add adobe pdf printer windows 7. If the tab cannot be found, the maintenance screen can be accessed by clicking on various buttons (Advanced, Tools or Properties) and subsequently searching the dialog boxes to locate the maintenance button or tab.


Click 'Align Print Heads' or a similarly-phrased button.


Click 'Print Alignment Page' to yield a test page printed with a numbered series of vertical bars in various colors. Click 'OK' or 'Finished' to open the next instructional dialog box.


Inspect the page, choosing bars from each color group with the sharpest image, and enter the corresponding numbers into the text fields for each color. Click 'OK' or 'Finished' to begin the automated alignment procedure. The printer adjusts cartridges based on the numbers you've entered. When the process is completed, you may click 'Finish' to close the window and process, or print a test page featuring detailed shapes and lines of varying colors to further inspect. Click 'Finish' to exit or 'Repeat Alignment' to further adjust cartridges.


  • Small amounts of liquid ink may be present on old ink cartridge bodies and printer interior parts and may be difficult to remove from hands, clothing and surrounding areas. Consider wearing rubber gloves, an old shirt or an apron and spreading newspaper or rags on work areas around the printer as a precaution.
  • While many aftermarket (refilled) ink cartridges or do-it-yourself ink cartridge refill kits will yield good printing results, some may cause internal printer faults or inferior prints. Using non-Canon cartridges or refilling kits will also void the printer warranty.

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