If you are facing issues with your printer, we recommend that you print out a test page that will likely display issues with your printer. Once the issue is diagnosed using the test page, you can continue to rectify it.
To obtain a printer test page, you must be connected to it, either through a wire or wireless. Once connected, perform the steps to print out the test page according to your operating system. Click on the respective link below to see how to print a test page:
If you are still unable to print the test page, you can still print the self-test page.
Printing a Self-Test Page
The self-test page is also a type of test page. Instead of sending a command from your device to the printer to print a default page, the printer prints a pre-saved page by itself, without being connected to any device(s) at all. This is also called a “manual” test.
Every manufacturer or printer model has its own way to print a self-test. However, every self-test depicts the same information about your printer, which is its quality of printing.
To learn how to perform a self-test on your printer, we recommend that you refer to its user manual or visit the manufacturer’s website for detailed instructions.
- Generally, the default test print can be obtained from printer properties. Here are some general guidelines:
- Select your desired printer from Settings > Bluetooth & Devices > Printers & Scanners.
- Click on Printer properties
- Under the General tab, click on the “Print test page” button or press Alt + T keyboard shortcut.
.If you are using Windows 7, you can access the Printers from the Control Panel. To open the control panel, go to Run > control. Or go to Start Menu > Select Control Panel.
Printer Test Page Analysis
The test pages on Testprint.net are designed to give maximum feedback about the printer to the end user. The list below highlights the different components of these test pages and their functionalities:
- Rainbow Bar: Helps the printhead align and confirms the printer is not leaking/bleeding ink.
- Radial Gradient: Determines if the printhead can sustain the printing of specific colors. Weak radial gradients (sudden change in gradient) mean the ink in the cartridges is low.
- Ascending Text Block Sizes: The different text sizes demonstrate the printer’s current settings and scaling.
- Percentage Blocks: This signifies the lightest and darkest possible color your ink can produce. If 2 or more blocks are the same contrast, it is likely that there is low ink in the cartridges.
- CMYK Colors: The different colors created from the primary CMYK colors illustrate the color accuracy of the printer. Any discoloration might signify the need for color recalibration.
Using this analysis with our custom-designed print pages, you can quickly identify the issue with your printer and then rectify them accordingly.