Tips To Improve Printing 


Technology can be a thing of beauty when all systems go. But when hardware or software do not perform, delays are costly and frustrating. Our services are designed to help organizations of all sizes avoid that hassle and expense, partly by helping you to print less.

But you still need to print sometimes, so here are the top five printing snags and our quick-fix remedies to solve them.


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Endless Paper Chase

High-resolution images have more data for your PC and printer to process, which can cause slow print times.  If you’re not looking for gallery quality, select draft, standard or normal mode for office documents. 

For presentations or formal pieces switch your setting back to high-quality. If processing large files with complex images is part of your regular workflow, consider adding memory to keep your printer humming along.

Switch from two-sided to simplex mode. You’ll use more paper but one-sided printing takes considerably less time. Your driver can determine speed outcome, too. High-end lasers and even some inkjets are available with a choice of drivers including PostScript, PCL and/or the manufacturer’s host-based driver. 

In general, PCL is best for faster office printing and PostScript is better for graphics-intensive applications and industries.

Workflow Logjam

Your User Guide or control panel instructions should walk you through this easily enough. Some Xerox printers provide video assistance and lighted interiors to make jam clearance a snap. 

Start by inspecting the paper path and removing any jammed material, being careful to take out any stuck paper straight and above all not tearing it. If it’s caught between rollers, follow the guide on how to release the pressure.

If it’s a misaligned paper that caused the jam, remove the tray to make sure the paper is positioned correctly and reseat the tray. Sometimes you may find no misfeed sheet at all, in which case you’ll need to remove the paper stack, check to see if it’s squared properly and reposition it back in the tray—all after taking a deep breath. 

As a rule, you should always make sure the type of paper being printed is supported by your printer. And also remember to store your paper where it’s dry to avoid moisture that can make printing difficult.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Try these easy fixes for better quality laser printing. If your issues persist, the problem is more likely to be due to supplies or hardware.

  • Check your print driver to make sure you have the correct paper or media selected.
  • Double-check that the paper loaded in the tray matches the type selected in the printer driver.
  • In some laser printers, the fuser has an adjustment for paper type. If your printer’s fuser can be adjusted manually, check to see that it’s set properly but be aware: fusers get very hot so exercise caution.
  • Check out your toner cartridges, imaging unit(s) and the fuser for damage. These components vary by model and manufacturer so it’s best to refer to the User Guide.
  • If you’ve got smudge marks, print several blank sheets of paper and they will eventually fade away.

Nothing Is Happening

First, check that you sent the print job to the right printer; you may very well be printing dozens of documents in the next department. To make your main printer your default, click navigate to Printers and Faxes in Windows. Right-click on your printer icon and select Set as default printer.

Did you check that there’s enough—and the correct kind—of paper in the tray? While you’re at it, make sure your printer is on and that all cables are secure. Both USB- and network-connected computers require that the print driver be installed on the computer you’re printing from. 

Print drivers with a two-way communication feature can tell you what might be causing your issue via desktop or driver notifications, without making a trip to the printer.

And finally, if your printer just won’t print or your print job seems stuck in the queue, the easiest solution is to restart. Begin by restarting your software application. If that doesn’t work, reboot your computer. Lastly, turn off your printer for a few minutes before switching it back on.

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