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How To Find Out If You Are Running Low on Printer Ink

2009-09-01

Unfortunately, determining how much printer ink is remaining in the ink cartridge is not as simple as looking for the full line on the cartridges casing. And shaking it doesn't work either. The only way to determine if there is ink in the cartridge is to check the status of the cartridge through your computer.

Step 1. Wait for the Warning

One of the easiest ways to know if you are running low on printer ink is to wait for your computer to warn you. Most printer programs come with a printer level warning that will automatically pop up before you confirm your print request. The only problem with this method is that the warning may come too late. If you have a large number of documents to print, their may not be enough printer ink in the printer cartridge to handle the job.

Step 2. Know your Model

Before you can find if you are running low on printer ink, you will need to determine the make and model of the printer you use. This is important for a number of reasons.

  • Multiple Printers- Most companies, especially the larger ones, may have a number of printers in the network. Therefore, you will need to know which printer you are using so you can check the status of the ink cartridge.
  • Cartridge Replacement- If you determine that you are running low on printer ink, it is important to know the printer model so you can get the proper replacement cartridge. If you place the wrong printer cartridge in a printer, even if the cartridge fits, the printer will show an error and refuse to continue.
  • Cartridge Reordering- If you find that you are running low on printer ink and you do not have a replacement on hand, you will need to know the printer model so you can reorder replacements as quickly as possible.
Step 3. Check the Manual

Most printers will have the steps for checking the ink level in the owner's manual. If you have the manual on hand, it will tell you the easiest way to tell if you are running low on ink. If you do not have the owner's manual handy, you can find the manual online from the manufacturer's website. Once again, you will need to know the model number in order to download the manual.

Step 4. The Basics

Although every printer is different, most of the time you can determine if you are running low on printer ink without having to download or search for manuals. By following these simple steps, you should be able to check the level of the printer ink cartridge on most computers.

1. Find the Control Panel- The printer options are normally located under the control panel on most PC's. Click on your Windows icon in the lower left corner of your screen and scroll to Control Panel. Click to continue.

2. Find the Printers Icon- the printer icon should be fairly easy to find. There will be a picture of a printer with the word "Printers" underneath. Move your mouse to the Printers icon and click.

3. Click on Properties- Scroll down to Printer Properties and click. From her the Properties Box will appear. Look for the option to check your ink levels. This will tell you how much printer ink is remaining in your ink catridge(s).

As stated before, this is a very common way to see if you are running low on printer ink. This will not work with all computers and if your printer is older, your current programming may not support this option. If this does not work you will need to check the manual to determine the ink levels.

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