Three Common Issues with Home Printers


Home printing is important these days. Sure, it can save you a lot of money over using printing services but they are also very convenient, too. After all, when you own a machine you can use it any time you want to or need to. When you buy a car, for example, you can pretty much run errands or set appointments whenever it is convenient for you and not have to rely on public transportation or more expensive taxi services.  Indeed, when you buy a printer for your home office you can save a whole lot of money and time.  

At the same time, when you own a printer you are also responsible for the upkeep of that machine. Sometimes you will have to deal with certain problems that machine might have, as well.  


Slower-than-usual printing is a common problem, especially with home printers.  Typically, the more affordable the machine is, the more likely it is that it will not print very fast. More expensive laser printers, for example, can print more than three times faster than inkjet printers, but laser printers typically do not print in black and white and typically do not print images very well.  

If you want your machine to print more quickly, though, you can, first of all, check your print quality settings.  This is an option—typically you find it in the printing software and not on the printer itself—which lets you choose how dark to print your texts and images. The default setting is typically “normal” but you can downgrade it to “fast” or to “draft” to finish the jobs much faster.

In addition, if you have a wireless printer and the jobs seem to be taking too long, you could consider plugging the printer in, directly to the computer.  It might be that the signal is getting disrupted so this will easily alleviate it.


Another very common printing issue that people encounter is ordering a print job only to find that the printer has not completed it. Typically the reason for this issue is that you have sent the job to the wrong printer.

I know what you are thinking: “What if I only have one printer?”  

Well, Windows also allows you to print to a document format in addition to physical printers. So, basically, just make sure that you double check the source of the file when you select your print job.


Sometimes when you order a print from your computer, you will find that the result is spotty or has horizontal lines.  If you find this, it might be that you need to replace the ink but the printer head could also need either cleaning or replacing.

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