Epson printer is skipping lines? Here are some quick solutions

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about technology ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. He's a PC enthusiast and he... read more
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Epson printers are amazing but even the greatest things are not perfect. This is why many users encountered skipping lines in the text printed with an Epson.

This is a really annoying issue. Imagine you have to print an important document, but you can barely see what is written because of the white horizontal lines in the text.

Nevertheless, you don’t need to worry. Maybe your printer hasn’t been used for quite some time and the ink got dry. In this case, you need to perform a few easy operations.

Today we will show you what to do if your Epson doesn’t print all the lines.

What to do if Epson is leaving white lines?

1. Run the utility for cleaning cartridges

  1. Connect your printer to the computer.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Open Devices and Printers.control panel devices and printers
  4. Select Printing preferences.printing preferences
  5. Select Service this Device from the Services tab.
  6. Click on Clean the Print Cartridge and follow the instructions.
  7. Print a test page to see the results.

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2. Clean the electrical contacts

  1. Turn off the printer and disconnect it from the power source.
  2. Remove the cartridges. The nozzle plate should be facing up to avoid ink leaks.
  3. Identify electrical contacts. They’re copper-colored.
  4. Clean them with distilled water and lint-free cloth.
  5. Clean the electrical contacts from the carriage as well.
  6. Let the contacts dry for several minutes.
  7. Put the cartridges back and start the printer.
  8. Print a test page to see if the problem persists.

3. Remove the black ink cartridge for a few hours

Many users reported that if you remove the black ink cartridge for at least two hours, the problem was solved.

  1. Turn off the printer and disconnect it from the power source.
  2. Remove the cartridge that carries the black ink.
  3. Put the component on a piece of paper with the nozzle plate facing up.
  4. Wait for a few hours.
  5. Reinstall the cartridge and check if the problem persists.


Usually, this problem appears if the ink gets stuck somewhere along the way. Also, there might be an electrical issue. This is the reason why it is necessary to clean the contacts as well.

Moreover, keep in mind to clean your printer regularly. Even if you don’t have anything to print for several weeks, print a test page to prevent ink clogging.

Did our solutions help you? Let us know in the comments section below.


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