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Three Common Printer Issues (and how to Solve Them)

Having a home printer can be quite a convenience. You don’t have to save your files on random USB sticks or cloud accounts and then pay to use a computer at a corporate printing place, or try to get to the library during operating hours.  Indeed, when you have a 123inkcartridges.ca printer at home—and many affordable machines, now, can not only print but also scan, copy, and fax—you can save a lot of time and energy.  Of course, you can also save quite a bit of money, too.  

But owning a printer also means that you have to deal with the occasional problems that arise with machines of this type.  Yes, technology can—and does—make our lives easier, but that doesn’t mean they are perfect.  Image result for Three Common Printer Issues (and how to Solve Them)

As such, here are the most common issues most people have with home printers:


Printing speed is relative. Some machines just print faster than other machines (and if you paid very little for the machine there is a good chance the print speed is not the fastest), but if you find that your printer is taking longer to complete a job than it usually does there are several things you can do.

First, you should try reducing print quality. This will also save you ink but the density of text will be thinner so it may not be optimal for what you want to do.  You can adjust ink quality in the print properties setting of the printer application.  The default setting for print quality is typically “normal” so you can adjust this to “fast” or “draft” to see if that solves your problem.

Wireless printers sometimes have a delay between sending the data and printing the text so you can try plugging the printer directly into the computer, too. That gives you a more direct signal that might alleviate the problem.


Common to Windows sometimes you will find that the print job has been completed but there is no result in the printer. This is usually the result of Windows sending the job to the wrong printer. To fix this you can check which outlet is receiving the print job every time you print or you can change the default printer in the Devices and Printers folder in the Windows applications menu.


If your print jobs are not dark enough, are spotty, or have horizontal lines it is usually an ink problem. You might need to replace the cartridge but it could also be an issue with the printer head, which may also need replacing, or just cleaning.

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