Video:How to Replace an Inkjet Printer Cartridgewith Shane Murphy
Replacing a printer cartridge on most inkjet printers requires just a few simple steps. See how it's done.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Replace an Inkjet Printer CartridgeHi, I’m Shane Murphy, your technology Guru for About.com. Today we’ll discuss how to correctly change an ink-jet printer cartridge.
Although the exact procedure can vary across models, changing your printer cartridge is usually a pretty standard operation involving the same steps.
Buying the Right CartridgeFirst, you must make sure you have the correct printer cartridge. You can write down all the information on the label, but the best way to ensure you’re getting what you want is to just take the cartridge with you to your retailer.
Removing the Old CartridgeWith the correct cartridge in hand, raise the lid on your printer and wait for the carrier to slide over. Pull back the latch that locks the cartridge into place. On most models, this spring the cartridge up as well, making it easy to slide out.
Remove Tape SealingCarefully peel away the protective tape sealing the ink cartridge. Avoid contact with the exposed area, since it will shed ink onto whatever it touches.
Install the Print CartridgeKeeping in mind how the old cartridge was configured in the carrier when you removed it, insert the fresh ink cartridge in the same manner. This usually means that the ink releasing area is facing down. Now replace the latch wait for the click that indicates that it’s snugly in position.
Close your printer’s cover and you should hear the carrier smoothly slide back into its original position.
As a final step, you may have to hit another button on the printer to confirm that you’ve loaded in a new ink cartridge.
Make sure you consult your printer’s manual for additional details if your particular model is a bit more complicated, or if something isn’t matching up. Most manuals for printers are now available online, in case you lost yours.
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