How to fix printer that prints blurry prints [EXPERT TIPS]

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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how to fix a printer that prints blurry

There are times when your printer might be printing blurry images. This happens to be a common phenomenon with all printers and is more likely to happen after you start using your printer after a long gap of time.

I changed my ink cartridges and now the printing is blurry and shadowed, despite running the alignment process NUMEROUS times. How do I get my the text to be crisp and clean again?

Nothing to worry though as the issue can be remedied easily. In fact, all printers come with a built-in mechanism to deal with just such a scenario. Read on to find out the solution to the problem!

How can I fix the printer that prints blurry? You can start by checking the ink levels and alignment from the maintenance page. If that doesn’t help, the issue might be clogged print head nozzles, so be sure to clean them. Lastly, you can also try updating drivers to the latest version and check if that helps.

What to do if my printer is not printing clearly?

  1. Check ink levels
  2. Clean print head nozzles
  3. Check alignment
  4. Settings issue
  5. Use the right paper
  6. Update printer software

1. Check ink levels

printer that prints blurry ink levels

A good first step for you to do will be to see if the printer has enough ink in its repository. Printers of every kind allow the users to check the ink level, which can be either via PC or straight off from the printer device itself.

Since this process is different for every printer, be sure to check the user manual for specific instructions. The associated printer app should have the necessary information and will let you know if the ink levels are within normal limits.

2. Clean print head nozzles

printer that prints blurry clean ink cartridges

This again is something that needs to be done periodically as the nozzles often tend to get choked, more so if the printer has been sitting idle for a considerable period of time. That is also precisely the reason the printer also comes with a self-cleaning operation to clean choked nozzles.

However, all printers have their own unique ways to initiate the cleaning process, so be sure to check out your printer manual. However, a general rule of thumb is that the process can be started from within the maintenance section. Also, it might be necessary for the cleaning operation to be performed multiple times for a good and thorough cleaning job.

3. Check alignment

align ink cartridges printer that prints blurry

Alignment of the print cartridges or toners can also be equally important in determining the quality of the print. So, check to see if the alignment is perfect for the type of print you need.

If need be, perform the alignment operation multiple times until the desired result is obtained. Refer to company manual for steps on this though this is another option that is usually found in the maintenance section.

4. Settings issue

change paper size printer that prints blurry

Most printers allow the user to set the quality of the print. Those can vary from draft quality to anything resembling best quality. Changing the setting to that which offers the highest quality of prints can also solve the issue of blurry prints.

5. Use the right paper

type of paper change printer that prints blurry

Poor quality of paper used for printing can also lead to blurry prints. That makes it important that you use paper of the right quality that can be the best match for your printer, or for that matter, the type of ink that the printer uses. Using the right sized paper is equally important for getting the best quality prints each time.

6. Update printer software

If you have tried everything else and you still have blurry prints, you should consider updating your printer software. In any case, it is always a great idea to keep software updated to the latest build at all times.

To do this, you can either head to the company site and check if there is a new update available for the particular model of your printer.

Or you can do it via Device Manager. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Device Manager. Type Device Manager in the Cortana search box and select it from the search result.
  2. In the Device Manager window, locate your printer and expand the same.
  3. Right click on the particular printer of your and select Update driver.
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  4. You will have two options to update, either automatically or manually.
  5. Go for the automatic option which is more hassle-free.
  6. Or if you have manually downloaded the update, you can opt for the second choice, that of manually installing the updates.

If this seems a bit complicated, you can always use third-party tools such as TweakBit Driver Updater to update all your outdated drivers with just a few clicks.

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However, if your printer is still printing blurry, there might be something wrong with the hardware itself. In that case, it’s best to contact the official repair center.

Meanwhile, here are some related articles that you might want to go through.

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