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How To Manually Monitor Printer Ink Levels

2010-08-12

You are in the middle of printing output for that important meeting and suddenly all the pages are washed out and unclear. You soon realize that the printer ink cartridges are empty. Obviously it is frustrating when something like this happens. Not only does this waste paper, it wastes your time as well. One way to keep a tab on your printer ink levels is to manually monitor the levels.

There are several ways to manually monitor levels of ink in your printer. One of the easiest being the Printers and Faxes option in Windows, the Print and Fax option in Mac or the software that came with your printer. You can even install third party software which will let you manually monitor printer ink levels.

The steps for manually monitoring printer ink levels in Windows are as follows. Go to the Control Panel and click on the Printers and Faxes option. In the dialogue box that appears, click on the printer for which you want to monitor ink levels. Click Printer in the upper left corner and in the drop-down menu that appears, select Preferences. Select the maintenance tab. Next, select the ink status monitor option and this will display the printer ink levels.

The steps for manually monitoring printer ink levels in Mac are as follows. Go to System Preferences and under the Hardware heading, click on Print and Fax. In the dialogue box that appears, click on the printer for which you want to monitor ink levels. Click Options and Supplies and in the pop-up window that appears go to the Supply Levels tab. Here you can check the printer ink levels.

To monitor levels of ink using the software that came with your printer, refer to the information that came with the printer or visit the printer manufacturer's website.

Some printers come with transparent cartridges and this gives you the option of checking the printer ink levels manually. All you have to do is open the printer, remove the cartridge and take a close look at it.

The quality of your print-outs is also an indication that the printer cartridge might be running out of ink. You could try printing a test page and if you notice that the print-outs are lighter or splotchy it probably means that it is time to change the printer ink cartridges.

While most printers will display a warning message when they run out of ink, it is a good idea to manually check the printer ink levels. This way not only will you be able to keep a tab on your printer ink levels, you will also save time and paper.

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