Once upon a time I was happily printing along when I noticed
that what was being printed came out poorly, like the ink
was running out. But rather than change the cartridge, I used
some cleaner on it and reinstalled it. I then went through
the cleaning process for my printer which puts out a lot of
ink onto a page and the process cleans out the ink jets. The
ink sometimes will dry and clog up the jets that shoot out
the ink onto the page. After I cleaned it, it printed fine.
You can go to your printer preferences to find out if your
printer allows you to clean the jets through the printing
I wonder how many people think they have run out of ink when
they only need to clean out the ink jets of their printer
cartridge? I used special inkjet cleaner that came with a
do-it-yourself refill kit, but you can use a damp paper towel
to clean off the surface, then dry it off before reinstalling.
If possible I recommend buying some ink jet cleaner from an
office supply store if they even sell it separately.
Also, sometimes the ink jets will clean themselves out if
you just print several pages, eventually it should start printing
good again unless it is very clogged.
Another way to save printer ink is choosing the right program
to do the printing. If you are going to print a lot of information
from web pages I recommend that you not print the actual page,
because the print will come out looking like it is bold; that
is, it will be dark and heavy which means it is using lots
of ink. I copy and paste the text from the web page into my
text editor and save it as a text file, then print. The text
comes out normal and probably uses half as much ink. Not all
word processing programs are equal, test 2 or 3 to see which
ones have default settings that print without the text looking
Finally, I switched from inkjet to laser. Lasers use much less ink, at less cost, and the printers have come way down in price so you can get a good one for less than some inkjets. My present laser is by Samsung, and it works good and fast.
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