Lexmark 1500 User Manual

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Lexmark 1500 Series

User Guide

June 2007

www.lexmark.com

 

 

Contents

 

Safety information.........................................................................................................

5

Networking the printer...................................................................................................

6

General networking.............................................................................................................................

6

Wireless networking............................................................................................................................

9

Advanced wireless setup...................................................................................................................

14

Printing.........................................................................................................................

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Getting started...................................................................................................................................

16

Learning about the software print options.........................................................................................

20

Performing printing and related tasks................................................................................................

21

Managing print jobs...........................................................................................................................

30

Working with photos...................................................................................................

31

Connecting photo storage devices....................................................................................................

31

Printing photos from photo storage devices......................................................................................

36

Printing photos from the computer....................................................................................................

39

Working with photos over the wireless network.................................................................................

41

Understanding the printer...........................................................................................

44

Understanding the printer parts.........................................................................................................

44

Understanding the software...............................................................................................................

47

Maintaining the printer................................................................................................

58

Print cartridges..................................................................................................................................

58

Checking the ink levels......................................................................................................................

62

Improving print quality.......................................................................................................................

62

Cleaning the exterior of the printer....................................................................................................

63

Refilling print cartridges.....................................................................................................................

63

Using genuine Lexmark print cartridges............................................................................................

63

Ordering print cartridges....................................................................................................................

64

Ordering paper and other supplies....................................................................................................

64

Finding information about the printer.................................................................................................

65

Recycling Lexmark products.............................................................................................................

67

Contacting Customer Support...........................................................................................................

68

Troubleshooting...........................................................................................................

69

Setup troubleshooting........................................................................................................................

69

Contents

 

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Wireless troubleshooting...................................................................................................................

79

Print troubleshooting..........................................................................................................................

90

Jams and misfeeds troubleshooting..................................................................................................

99

Memory card reader and PictBridge troubleshooting......................................................................

104

Removing and reinstalling the software..........................................................................................

107

Resetting the printer to factory default settings...............................................................................

107

Notices........................................................................................................................

109

Edition notice...................................................................................................................................

109

Product information.........................................................................................................................

109

European EC directives conformity statement for radio products...................................................

112

Power consumption.........................................................................................................................

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Glossary......................................................................................................................

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Contents

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Safety information

Use only the power supply and power supply cord provided with this product or the manufacturer's authorized replacement power supply and power supply cord.

Connect the power supply cord to an electrical outlet that is near the product and easily accessible.

CAUTION: Do not twist, bind, crush, or place heavy objects on the power cord. Do not subject the power cord to abrasion or stress. Do not pinch the power cord between objects such as furniture and walls. If the power cord is misused, a risk of fire or electrical shock results. Inspect the power cord regularly for signs of misuse. Remove the power cord from the electrical outlet before inspecting it.

Use only a 26 AWG or larger telecommunications (RJ-11)cord when connecting this product to the public switched telephone network.

Refer service or repairs, other than those described in the user documentation, to a professional service person.

This product is designed, tested, and approved to meet strict global safety standards with the use of specific Lexmark components. The safety features of some parts may not always be obvious. Lexmark is not responsible for the use of other replacement parts.

CAUTION: Do not use the fax feature during a lightning storm. Do not set up this product or make any electrical or cabling connections, such as the power supply cord or telephone, during a lightning storm.

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Networking the printer

General networking

Networking overview

A network is a collection of devices such as computers, printers, Ethernet hubs, wireless access points, and routers connected together for communication through cables or through a wireless connection. A network can be either wired, wireless, or designed to have both wired and wireless devices.

Devices on a wired network use cables to communicate with each other.

Devices on a wireless network use radio waves instead of cables to communicate with each other. For a device to be able to communicate wirelessly, it must have a wireless print server attached or installed that enables it to receive and transmit radio waves.

Common home network configurations

For desktop computers, laptops, and printers to communicate with each other over a network, they must be connected by cables and/or have wireless network adapters built in or installed in them.

There are different ways a network can be set up. Five common examples appear below.

Note: The printers in the following diagrams represent Lexmark printers with Lexmark internal print servers built in or installed in them so that they can communicate over a network. Lexmark internal print servers are devices made by Lexmark to enable Lexmark printers to be connected to wired or wireless networks.

Wired network example

A computer, a laptop, and a printer are connected by Ethernet cables to a hub, router, or switch.

The network is connected to the Internet through a DSL or a cable modem.

Internet

Wireless network examples

Four common wireless networks appear below:

Scenario 1: Laptop and printer connected wirelessly with Internet

Scenario 2: Computer, laptop, and printer connected wirelessly with Internet

Scenario 3: Computer, laptop, and printer connected wirelessly without Internet

Scenario 4: Laptop connected wirelessly to printer without Internet

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Scenario 1: Laptop and printer connected wirelessly with Internet

A computer is connected to a wireless router by an Ethernet cable.

A laptop and a printer are connected wirelessly to the router.

The network is connected to the Internet through a DSL or a cable modem.

Internet

Scenario 2: Computer, laptop, and printer connected wirelessly with Internet

A computer, a laptop, and a printer are connected wirelessly to a wireless router.

The network is connected to the Internet through a DSL or a cable modem.

Internet

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Scenario 3: Computer, laptop, and printer connected wirelessly without Internet

A computer, a laptop, and a printer are connected wirelessly to a wireless access point.

The network has no connection to the Internet.

Scenario 4: Laptop connected wirelessly to printer without Internet

A laptop is directly connected wirelessly to a printer without going through a wireless router.

The network has no connection to the Internet.

Finding the MAC address

Most network equipment has a unique hardware identification number to distinguish it from other devices on the network. This is called the Media Access Control (MAC) address.

If your printer has a factory installed internal wireless print server, the MAC address is a series of letters and numbers located on the back of your printer.

If you purchased the internal wireless print server separately, the MAC address appears on an adhesive label that came with the wireless print server. Attach the adhesive label to your printer so you will be able to find the MAC address when you need it.

Note: A list of MAC addresses can be set on a router so that only devices with matching MAC addresses can be allowed to operate on the network. This is calledMAC filtering. If MAC filtering is enabled in your router and you want to add a printer to your network, the MAC address of the printer must be included in the MAC filter list.

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Printing a network setup page

A network setup page lists your printer's configuration settings, including the IP address and MAC address of the printer.

1Make sure the printer is turned on.

2Press .

The light pulses.

3Press and hold .

4While holding , press.

5When the light becomes steady, release. The network setup page prints.

Wireless networking

IP addresses

Finding IP addresses

An IP address is a unique number used by devices on an IP network to locate and communicate with each other. Devices on an IP network can only communicate with each other if they have unique and valid IP addresses. A unique IP address means no two devices on the same network have the same IP address.

How to locate a printer's IP address

You can locate the printer's IP address by printing out the printer's network setup page.

How to locate a computer's IP address

1Click Apple menu System Preferences.

2Click Network.

3From the Show pop-upmenu, selectAirport.

4Click TCP/IP.

The IP address appears as four sets of numbers separated by periods, such as 192.168.0.100.

Related topics:

“Printing a network setup page” on page 9

Assigning an IP address

An IP address may be assigned by the network using DHCP. The print object, created at the end of the installation, sends all print jobs across the network to the printer using this address.

Many networks have the ability to automatically assign an IP address. Auto-IPis the ability for individual devices to assign themselves a unique IP address. Most networks use DHCP to assign addresses.

Related topics:

“Installing the printer on a network” on page 12

Types of wireless networks

Networks can operate in one of two modes: infrastructure or ad hoc. Lexmark recommends setting up a network in infrastructure mode using the installation CD that came with the printer.

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A wireless network where each device communicates with others through a wireless access point (wireless router) is set up in infrastructure mode. All devices must have valid IP addresses and share the same SSID and channel. In addition, they must share the same SSID and channel as the wireless access point (wireless router).

A simple type of wireless network is one where a PC with a wireless adapter communicates directly with a printer equipped for wireless networking. This mode of communication is called ad hoc. A device in this type of network must have a valid IP address and be set to ad hoc mode. The wireless print server must also be configured with the same SSID and channel.

 

Infrastructure

Ad hoc

 

 

 

Characteristics

 

 

 

 

 

Communication

Through wireless access point (wireless

Directly between devices

 

router)

 

 

 

 

Security

More security options

 

 

 

 

Range

Determined by range and number of

Restricted to range of individual devices

 

access points

on network

 

 

 

Speed

Usually faster

Usually slower

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements for all

 

 

devices on the network

 

 

 

 

 

Unique IP address for each

Yes

Yes

device

 

 

 

 

 

Mode set to

Infrastructure mode

Ad hoc mode

 

 

 

Same SSID

Yes, including the wireless access point

Yes

 

(wireless router)

 

 

 

 

Same channel

Yes, including the wireless access point

Yes

 

(wireless router)

 

 

 

 

Infrastructure mode is the recommended setup method because it has:

Increased network security

Increased reliability

Faster performance

Easier setup

Finding the signal strength

Wireless devices have built-inantennas that transmit and receive radio signals. The signal strength listed on the printer network setup page indicates how strongly a transmitted signal is being received. Many factors can affect the signal strength. One factor is interference from other wireless devices or even other devices such as microwave ovens. Another factor is distance. The farther two wireless devices are from each other, the more likely it is that the communication signal will be weaker.

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Networking the printer

Installing and configuring a printer for use on a network lets users at different computers print to a common printer. There are two methods for networking this printer:

Configure a wireless network connection for the printer.

Note: To set up the printer, use a computer that connects wirelessly to the network. The printer must be near the computer you will be using to configure it. After configuration, the printer can be moved to the location where it will reside.

Connect the printer directly to a network computer using the USB cable, and enable it to be shared across the network (printer sharing).

Note: Refer to Mac Help for details on how to share your printer across the network.

Know your security keys

To set up your printer for wireless printing, you need the following information:

Know the name (SSID) of your wireless network.

If your wireless network uses a security scheme, make sure you know the password that was used to keep your network secure. This password is also known as a security key, WEP key, or WPA key.

Note: If you do not know this information, see the documentation that came with the wireless network, or contact the person who set up your wireless network.

Use the table below to write down the information you need to know.

Item

Description

 

 

SSID (name of your network)

Security key (password)

Make sure you copy down the security key exactly, including any capital letters, and store it in a safe place for future reference.

The security key must follow the following criteria:

WEP key

Exactly 10 or 26 hexadecimal characters. Hexadecimal characters are A–Fand0–9.

Exactly 5 or 13 ASCII characters. ASCII characters are letters, numbers, and symbols found on a keyboard.

WPA-PSKorWPA2-PSKkey

Up to 64 hexadecimal characters. Hexadecimal characters are A–Fand0–9.

Between 8 and 64 ASCII characters. ASCII characters are letters, numbers, and symbols found on a keyboard.

Why do I need an installation cable?

When you set up the printer on your wireless network, you will need to temporarily connect the printer to a computer using the installation cable. This temporary connection is used to set up the wireless settings of the printer.

An installation cable is also known as a USB cable.

Related topics:

“Why do I need to disconnect the installation cable?” on page 14

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Installing the printer on a network

Follow the instructions for the networking method you want to use. Make sure the selected network is set up and working properly, and that all relevant devices are turned on. For more information on your specific network, see your network documentation or consult the person who set up the network.

Installing the printer on additional network computers

If you are installing your network printer for use with multiple computers on the network, insert the installation CD into each additional computer, and follow the instructions on the computer screen.

You do not need to repeat the connection steps for each computer you want to print to the printer.

The printer should appear as a highlighted printer in the installation. If multiple printers appear in the list, make sure you select the printer with the correct IP address/MAC address.

Related topics:

“Finding the MAC address” on page 8

“Finding IP addresses” on page 9

Sharing the printer on a network

To let other Macintosh computers on your network that use Mac OS X version 10.3 or later use any printer connected to your Macintosh computer:

1Click Apple menu System Preferences.

2Click Print & Fax.

3From the Sharing tab, select Share these printers with other computers.

Note: If necessary, click the lock so you can make changes.

4Select the printer(s) you want to share with other computers.

To let Windows computers on your network use any printer connected to your Macintosh computer:

1Click Apple menu System Preferences.

2Click Print & Fax.

3From the Sharing tab, select Share these printers with other computers.

Note: If necessary, click the lock so you can make changes.

4Select the printer(s) you want to share with other computers.

5Click Show All, and then clickSharing.

6From the Services tab, select Windows Sharing.

Note: Windows users should see the Windows documentation for information on adding a network printer connected to a Macintosh computer.

Selecting a network printer

You can print using a network printer connected to a local or remote subnet.

1 Access the Network Selection sheet through the Lexmark Setup Assistant during setup.

aInstall the printer software. For more information, see “Installing the printer software” on page 47.

bOnce the Printer Selection screen appears, choose Add Remote from thedrop-downmenu.

The Network Selection sheet appears.

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2Select a printer from your local subnet or from a remote subnet.

If you want to select a particular printer on a remote subnet, type the IP address of the print server to which the printer is connected in the Search by IP field, and then press return on your keyboard.

If you want to search a remote subnet for supported printers, type any IP address (and an optional subnet mask in CIDR notation) that belongs to the particular subnet in the Search by IP field, and then press return on your keyboard.

3From the list of printers, select the name of the printer that you want to use.

4Click Select.

Related topics:

“Assigning an IP address” on page 9

Finding a printer/print server located on remote subnets

The printer software CD can automatically find the printers that are located on the same network as the computer. If the printer and print server are located on another network (called a subnet), you must manually enter an IP address during printer software installation.

Using a wireless network connection

This printer contains an internal wireless print server, which allows the printer to be used on a wireless network. The following settings from your existing wireless network may be needed to properly configure the printer for use on the network:

The network name, also known as the SSID

The type of security used on the network (WEP, WPA, WPA2)

Any applicable security keys or passwords used with the network security encryption type

1Insert the printer software CD.

2From the Finder desktop, double-clicktheLexmark 1500 Series Installer icon

3Double-clickInstall.

4Click Continue.

5Follow the instructions on the computer screen.

If your printer is already installed but you have not set it up for use on your wireless network, you need to add your printer to the Printer List.

1From the Finder desktop, click Applications.

2From Applications, double-clickUtilities.

3Double-click Printer Setup Utility. The Printer List dialog appears.

4From the menu bar, click Add.

The Printer Browser dialog appears.

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5Select XXXX Series <MAC:nnnnnn>, and then click Add.

The Printer Browser closes, and the printer is displayed in the Printer List dialog.

Note: XXXX is the printer series number, andnnnnnn is the last six digits of the printer's MAC address.

6Run the Wireless Setup Assistant to configure the printer for use on your wireless network. For more information, see “Run the Wireless Setup Assistant” on page 89.

Related topics:

“Changing wireless settings after installation” on page 88

Tips for using network adapters

Make sure the adapter connections are secure.

Make sure the computer is turned on.

Make sure you entered the correct IP address.

Why do I need to disconnect the installation cable?

You need to disconnect the installation cable to complete the wireless installation.

Related topics:

“Why do I need an installation cable?” on page 11

What do the Wi-Fiindicator lights mean?

Off indicates that the printer is not turned on, or a wireless print server is not installed. Select this option:

If you want to connect the printer to the computer using a USB cable.

If the printer does not have a wireless print server installed and you want to connect the printer to the computer using a USB cable.

Orange indicates that the printer is ready to be configured for wireless printing, but it is not connected to a wireless network.

Select this option if you want to set up the printer on your wireless network.

Orange blinking indicates that the printer is configured, but it is unable to communicate with the wireless network.

Select this option if you want to modify the wireless settings of the printer.

Green indicates that the printer is connected to a wireless network.

Select this option to start using the printer that is already set up on your wireless network.

Advanced wireless setup

Creating an ad hoc wireless network using Mac

The recommended way to set up your wireless network is to use a wireless access point (wireless router). A network set up this way is called an infrastructure network. If you have an infrastructure network in your home, you should configure your printer for use on that network.

If you don't have a wireless access point (wireless router) or would like to set up a standalone network between your printer and a computer with a wireless network adapter, you can set up an ad hoc network.

1Make sure the computer is on.

2From the Finder desktop, click Applications.

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3From Applications, double-clickInternet Connect.

4From the toolbar, click AirPort.

5From the Network pop-upmenu, clickCreate Network.

6Create a name for your ad hoc network, and then click OK.

7Insert the CD for Macintosh to run the wireless setup.

8From the Finder desktop, double-clicktheLexmark 1500 Series Installer icon

9Double-clicktheInstall icon.

10Click Continue.

11Follow the instructions on the computer screen.

Note: Store your network name and password in a safe place for future reference.

Adding a printer to an existing ad hoc wireless network using Mac

1From the Finder desktop, double-clicktheLexmark 1500 Series folder.

2Double-click Wireless Setup Assistant.

3Follow the instructions on the computer screen.

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Printing

Getting started

Loading paper

1Make sure:

You use paper designed for inkjet printers.

If you are using photo, glossy, or heavyweight matte paper, you load it with the glossy or printable side facing you. (If you are not sure which side is the printable side, see the instructions that came with the paper.)

The paper is not used or damaged.

If you are using specialty paper, you follow the instructions that came with it.

You do not force paper into the printer.

2Before loading paper the first time, slide the paper guides out toward the edges of the paper support. You can load up to:

100 sheets of plain paper

25 sheets of heavyweight matte paper

25 sheets of photo paper

25 sheets of glossy paper

Note: Photos require more drying time. Remove each photo as it exits, and allow it to dry to avoid ink smudging.

3Load the paper vertically in the center of the paper support, and adjust the paper guides to rest against the edges of the paper.

1

2

Note: To avoid paper jams, make sure the paper does not buckle when you adjust the paper guides.

Related topics:

“Choosing compatible specialty paper types” on page 16

“Using the automatic paper type sensor” on page 17

Choosing compatible specialty paper types

Heavyweight matte paper—Aphoto paper with a matte finish used for printinghigh-qualitygraphics.

Lexmark PerfectFinishTM Photo paper—Ahigh-qualityphoto paper specifically designed for Lexmark inkjet printers, but compatible with all inkjet printers. It is used specifically for printing professional quality photos with a glossy finish. It is best when used with genuine Lexmark evercolorTM 2 ink, providing photos that are fadeandwater-resistant.

Lexmark Photo Paper—Anoutstanding "everyday" heavyweight inkjet photo paper designed for use with Lexmark printers, but compatible with all brands of inkjet printers. Although inexpensive, it offers excellent image quality and outstanding value.

Transparency—Aclear, plastic media primarily used for overhead projectors.

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Card stock—Avery thick paper used for printing sturdier items, such as greeting cards.

Iron-On transfer—Atype of media that has a reverse image printed on it that can be ironed onto fabric.

Related topics:

“Loading paper” on page 16

“Using the automatic paper type sensor” on page 17

Using the automatic paper type sensor

The printer is equipped with an automatic paper type sensing device. The Paper Type Sensor automatically detects the type of paper that has been loaded into the printer and adjusts the settings for you. For example, if you want to print a photo, load photo paper into the printer. The printer detects the type of paper and automatically adjusts the settings to give you optimum photo-printingresults.

Related topics:

“Loading paper” on page 16

Loading envelopes

You can load up to 10 envelopes at a time.

Warning: Do not use envelopes that have metal clasps, string ties, or metal folding bars.

1Load envelopes in the center of the paper support with the stamp location in the upper left corner.

2Make sure:

The print side of the envelopes faces you.

The envelopes are designed for use with inkjet printers.

The paper guides rest against the edges of the envelopes.

1

2

Notes:

Do not load envelopes with holes, perforations, cutouts, or deep embossing.

Do not use envelopes that have exposed flap adhesive.

Envelopes require more drying time. Remove each envelope as it exits, and allow it to dry to avoid ink smudging.

Related topics:

“Printing envelopes” on page 24

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Loading labels

You can load up to 25 sheets of labels at a time.

1Load labels with the print side facing you and the top of the sheet fed into the printer first.

2Make sure:

The print side of the labels faces you.

The top of the labels feeds into the printer first.

The adhesive on the labels does not extend to within 1 mm of the edge of the labels.

You use full label sheets. Partial sheets (with areas exposed by missing labels) may cause labels to peel off during printing, resulting in a paper jam.

The labels are loaded in the center of the paper support.

The paper guides rest against the edges of the labels.

Note: Labels require more drying time. Remove each sheet of labels as it exits, and allow it to dry to avoid ink smudging.

Loading greeting cards, index cards, photo cards, and postcards

You can load up to 25 greeting cards, index cards, photo cards, or postcards at a time.

1Load cards with the print side facing you.

2Make sure:

The cards are loaded in the center of the paper support.

The paper guides rest against the edges of the cards.

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2

Note: Photo cards require more drying time. Remove each photo card as it exits, and allow it to dry to avoid ink smudging.

Related topics:

“Printing cards” on page 23

Loading transparencies

You can load up to 50 transparencies at a time.

1Load transparencies with the rough side facing you. If the transparencies have a removable strip, each strip should face away from you and down toward the printer.

2Make sure:

The transparencies are loaded in the center of the paper support.

The paper guides rest against the edges of the transparencies.

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Notes:

Transparencies with paper backing sheets are not recommended.

Transparencies require more drying time. Remove each transparency as it exits, and allow it to dry to avoid ink smudging.

Related topics:

“Printing transparencies” on page 25

Loading iron-ontransfers

You can load up to 10 iron-ontransfers at once, but you will achieve best results loading them one at a time.

1Load iron-ontransfers with the print side of the transfer facing you.

2Make sure:

You follow the loading instructions that came with the iron-ontransfers.

The transfers are loaded in the center of the paper support.

The paper guides rest against the edges of the transfers.

Related topics:

“Printing iron-on transfers” on page 24

Loading custom-sizepaper

You can load up to 100 sheets of custom-sizepaper at a time.

1Load paper with the print side facing you.

2Make sure:

The paper size fits within these dimensions: Width:

76.0–216.0mm

3.0–8.5inches

Length:

127.0–432.0mm

5.0–17.0inches

The stack height does not exceed 10 mm.

The paper is loaded in the center of the paper support.

The paper guides rest against the edges of the paper.

Loading banner paper

You can load up to 20 sheets of banner paper at a time.

1Remove all paper from the paper support before loading the banner paper.

2Tear off only the number of pages needed to print the banner.

3Place the required stack of banner paper on a flat surface behind the printer.

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4 Feed the leading edge of the banner paper into the printer first.

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5Make sure:

The paper is loaded in the center of the paper support.

The paper guides rest against the edges of the paper.

Related topics:

“Printing a banner” on page 25

Learning about the software print options

Choosing a paper size

1With a document open, click File Page Setup.

2From the “Format for” pop-upmenu, choose1500 Series.

Note: When you select Any Printer, your paper size choices are limited. By selecting the name of your printer, you have many more paper size options.

3From the Paper Size pop-upmenu, choose a paper size.

4Click OK.

Related topics:

“Using the Page Setup dialog” on page 49

Choosing a paper type

By default, the paper type sensor is set to Automatic. It can detect and adjust the paper type settings for plain, heavyweight matte, glossy/photo, and transparency paper. To manually choose the paper type:

1With a document open, click File Print.

2From the third pop-upmenu from the top, chooseQuality & Media.

3From the Paper Type pop-upmenu, choose a paper type.

4Click Print.

Notes:

Manually choosing a paper type turns off the paper type sensor for the current print job.

For multiple-pagejobs, the printer assumes the subsequent pages are the same paper type as the first sheet detected.

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