The printer won’t print, is a usual issue that can occur for different reasons.
● missing or out-of-date drivers
● faulty connections
● bad configurations in Windows and more
Even simple issues like having no ink or having a paper jam can cause annoyance with any printer, like your printer! Below are some handy solutions you may want to go through in order to fix your printer issues.
● Solution 1: Check Printer Status
● Solution 2: Cancel Print Jobs for your printer
● Solution 3: Set Printer to Default
● Solution 4: Basic Printer Troubleshooting
SOLUTION 1: Check Printer Status
Let’s start with the easy things
1. Check if your printer has enough paper in the paper tray. If there is paper then ensure none of it is stuck or jammed in the paper feed. If there is, please check with your manufacturer to remove the paper as you do not want to ruin the internal motor or paper feeder.
2. Check if your ink or toner is empty? Follow your specific printer’s manual for how to check the ink levels or toner level for your printer. New printers easily display the ink levels or if there is an ink issue on the front screen of the printer. If you need to have your printer serviced you may need to contact customer support directly.
SOLUTION 2: Cancel All Printer Jobs
Get rid of impeded print jobs on your printer. This is a bit more technical but not too advanced that you cannot try it. Sometimes during the life of a printer, jobs that you send to it for printing can be stuck in the print queue.
If the job stays in the print queue it can stop all other printing works from processing normally on your printer. In this case, clearing the print queue of all jobs can help to proceed the newer print requests to go through just fine. Follow this:
1. Go to your Windows Control Panel and select “Devices and Printers”.
Control panel can be reached by typing “Control Panel” in the search bar on Windows 10 or in older versions of windows, press the Window logo key and “R” key on your keyboard together to open the Run dialog. In this dialog, type “control” and Enter. This will open the Control Panel in most Windows operating systems.
2. Locate your printer in the list of printing devices, check it is the one you are having issues with. Right-click on that printer and select “See what is printing” from the drop-down list.
3. When the new page opens click the “Printer” menu item in the top right and select “Open as Administrator” in the drop-down menu
4. Now open the “Printer” menu item in the top right and select “Cancel All Documents”. Now a confirmation dialog window may open and you will have to confirm you want to clear all documents in the print queue by selecting “Yes”
Now try running a print again on that printer to see if that was the issue. If that does not work then try the next steps.
SOLUTION 3: Set Your Printer As Default Printer
Maybe, you are sending your print jobs to the wrong printer. Generally, when you send a print request Windows will send that print job to the default printer. If your printer is all connected but nothing is printing, it could be that your Printer is not set to default in Windows.
So all printing requests are not going to your printer but into a blank void of no return. Let’s check that and make sure your is a Default Printer.
1. Go to your Windows Control Panel and select “Devices and Printers”
Your control panel can be reached by typing “Control Panel” in the search bar on Windows 10 or in older versions of windows press the Window logo key and the “R” key on your keyboard at the same time to open the Run dialog. In this dialog, type “control” and hit Enter. This will open the Control Panel in most Windows operating systems.
2. Find your Printer in the list of printing devices, make sure it's the one you are having issues with. Right-click on that printer and select “Set as default printer” from the drop-down menu. If there is a confirmation prompt please make sure you click “Yes”.
Now you should see a nice little green checkmark below the icon of your printer, this means it is now the default printer for Windows.
Go do your printing to see if that helped you!
SOLUTION 4: Printer Troubleshooting
Are the lights on and is it plugged in? It does not hurt to ask. There are some really easy troubleshooting items you can do to ensure you can print to your printer if it stops working or has never worked.
First, check the connection cables from the wall power to the printer power connector. Then, check the cabling from your printer to the Windows PC. It might be connected too, is the USB cable firmly in place on both ends?
If there is a network cable running to the printer for network printing make sure that the Ethernet cable is snug and check your manual to see if there should be lights blinking to indicate a network connection.
Are there lights on at the front of your printer? If they are not and the printer doesn’t look to be powered on, try unplugging it and plugging it back in. Then make sure you press the power button on the printer itself. If the light still doesn't come on, maybe try another power plug in your home just in case that outlet is out.
If nothing works and your printer just won’t power on, then you may need to take it to a service center or contact Support directly for hardware assistance.
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