How To Fix 5 Of The Most Common Printer Problems

Printers have proved to be a source of frustration and anger in both offices and households ever since they were introduced. Printers seem to have the unique ability to infuriate in seconds and malfunctioning at the worst of times.

Surprisingly, it is often the user at fault when problems arise and not the printer they are using. Even when the user is not at fault, there are usually simple fixes to problems that are ignored which only compound the complication further on.


Here are the fixes to 5 common printer problems

Paper Jams

Paper jams are probably the most common type of printer problem irrespective of make or model. Usually, paper jams occur due to using paper that is either too heavy or too light for the printer or that the paper tray is too full. Paper misalignment is another common cause of paper jams. Use the right type of paper and stack it neatly ensuring that it is aligned with the guides to avoid paper jams.

Printer Won’t Print

Printers won’t print sometimes and fail to give an error message. If this is the situation, you need to ensure that it is still connected. This could mean pushing the USB or Ethernet cable back in or making sure that the Wi-Fi is still on and you are still connected to the appropriate wireless network. Other solutions to the problem include reinstalling the printer software and driver since they can become corrupted on occasion.

Pages Printed By the Wrong Printer

Computers sometimes select a newly installed printer as the default one to print to. It is important to check that the proper printer is selected before you click or press print. If you would like to change the default printer in Windows, you need to navigate to Devices and Printers; then you can right click on the printer of your choice in Printers and Faxes and set it as the default printer.

Printer Prints Slowly


Huge files and complex images can send both you and your printer over the edge. Check your image resolutions, file sizes, get rid of unnecessary images, or take advantage of available features to either reduce file sizes or to flatten layers. To learn more about how to check the image sizes and resolutions, read this article. If none of these tricks seems to work, the problem could be with your wireless connection speed. Your wireless connection speed might require a boost or the printer might need a memory upgrade for your printer.

Poor Print Quality

If you encounter such problems, you should confirm that the file you are printing is compatible with the specifications of your printer. It is typically set at 300 dpi. In case this is not the issue, the problem could be with the size of your images. To get rid of lines and smudges, print some blank pages to clear the toner head.

Final Thoughts

Printers can sometimes be frustrating when they don’t function properly, but in most cases, simple fixes are all you need. If you have tried all the fixes discussed here without much success, you should find a competent repair professional to check it out or start considering getting a new printer.

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