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Knowing When To Replace Your Printer Ink Cartridges

2012-09-17

Replacing the ink in your printer is a common chore, but is one that can be made easier when you are able to foresee when your printer ink will run out. Knowing the right time for replacing printer ink will improve the quality of your work and allow you to buy printer ink to suit your needs.

There are a number of ways to know when it is the right time to replace your printer ink. When your printer ink is starting to run low, you will notice a difference in the quality of the documents that you are printing. Whether you are printing in color or black and white, you will clearly be able to see the problem. When the pages you are printing start to look streaky, with the words and images becoming distorted, then it is time for replacing printer ink in your printer. Very often, you will notice parts of words missing from documents, or places where the ink hasn't printed out full sentences – this is another indicator that you need to buy printer ink and replace the existing cartridges in your printer.

You will also often see some lines of ink running through your printed pages; this is another indicator that you need to replace the ink in your printer. Once you know what signs to look out for in your finished printing projects, you will be able to know the best time to buy printer ink. This way, you have printer ink on hand when you need it and you will not have to unnecessarily delay your work.

Another place to look for signs that you need to replace your printer ink cartridges is on your computer. When you print a document, your computer will bring up a menu that allows you to choose how many copies you want to print, what page range to print, and other useful information. Also in this window, you can see a guide to the levels of ink that are remaining in the ink cartridges that are currently in your printer. When the levels start to drop to the end of the cartridges in this display, you will know that it is time for replacing printer ink in your printer.

When your ink has run out completely, you will see a light on your printer – this is an indicator that the ink needs to be changed and you will not be able to print again until it is changed.

Once you understand what is going on inside your printer, you'll avoid being caught without an ink cartridge when it's time to replace your printer ink.

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