Reference Guide


Printer Software Settings / For Windows

Selecting Maintenance settings

EPSON Status Monitor 3
Nozzle Check
Head Cleaning
Print Head Alignment
Printer and Option Information
Speed & Progress

Epson printer utilities allow you to check the current printer status and maintain certain features of your printer from your computer.

To use the utilities, click the Maintenance tab in the printer software, then click the button for the utility that you want to use. Refer to the section below to access the printer software.

Accessing the Printer Software for Windows

  • The letter in parentheses after the utility name indicates the shortcut key for that utility. After selecting the menu, press Alt and the letter on the keyboard to open that utility.
  • Do not use the Nozzle Check, Head Cleaning, or Print Head Alignment utilities if your printer is connected to your computer through a network.

Refer to the appropriate section below.

EPSON Status Monitor 3

EPSON Status Monitor 3 provides you with printer status information, such as the amount of ink remaining, and checks for printer errors.

This utility is only available when both of the following conditions are met:


Nozzle Check

The Nozzle Check utility checks the print head nozzles for clogging. Check the nozzles if you notice print quality has declined and after cleaning to confirm that the print head nozzles have been cleared. If the nozzle check indicates that the print head needs cleaning, you can access the Head Cleaning utility directly from the Nozzle Check utility.
See Checking the Print Head Nozzles


Head Cleaning

The Head Cleaning utility cleans the print head. You may need to clean the print head if you notice that print quality has declined. Use the Nozzle Check utility first to confirm that the print head needs to be cleaned. You can access the Nozzle Check utility directly from the Head Cleaning utility.
See Cleaning the Print Head


Print Head Alignment

The Print Head Alignment utility can be used to improve the print quality of your documents. The print head alignment may need to be adjusted if vertical lines appear out of alignment or if white, black, dark, or light banding appears in your documents. Use this utility to realign the print head.
See Aligning the Print Head


Printer and Option Information

This utility allows the printer driver to confirm printer configuration information. It also provides specific information regarding certain characteristics of the printer.

Printer Information acquisition

Depending on the configuration of your system, the information displayed in the Printer and Option Information dialog box may be updated automatically, or may need to be entered manually.

If a message appears in the Current Settings window prompting you to enter settings, or if you change the printer configuration, follow the steps below to select the necessary settings manually.

Click Settings Sheet in the Printer and Option Information dialog box to print out information about your printer and options. Letter size paper must be loaded in your printer to use this utility. You will see a printout similar to the one below.

Make sure the settings in the utility match the information on the printed Settings Sheet. If they do not match, correct the settings on the screen to match the information on the settings sheet.

Click OK to exit this menu and save your settings.

Thick paper and envelopes

Adjusts the size of the gap between the platen and the print head. Select this check box if your printouts are rubbed or smeared durring printing.


Speed & Progress

You can select settings related to print speed and progress in this dialog box.

Refer to the sections below for information on the available settings:

The specific features available in the printer software vary depending on the printer model and version of Windows that you are using.

High Speed Copies

To print multiple copies of your document faster, select High Speed Copies. This speeds up printing by using your hard disk space as a cache when printing multiple copies of your document.

Show Progress Meter

To display the progress meter every time you print, select Show Progress Meter.

Disable EPSON Status Monitor 3

Select this check box to disable printer status monitoring with EPSON Status Monitor 3.

Always spool RAW datatype (for Windows XP and 2000)

Select this check box to have Windows NT based clients spool documents using the RAW format instead of the EMF (metafile) format (Windows NT based applications use the EMF format by default).

Try using this option if documents spooled in EMF format do not print correctly.

Spooling RAW datatype requires less resources than EMF, so some problems ("Insufficient memory/disk space to print", "Slow print speed", etc.) can be solved by selecting the Always spool RAW datatype check box.

When spooling RAW datatype, print progress as displayed by the progress meter may differ from actual print progress.

Page Rendering Mode (for Windows XP and 2000)

Select this check box when the print speed is extremely slow or when the print head stops for a few minutes while printing.

When using this function, the following problems may occur:
  • Print progress displayed in the Progress Meter window may differ from the actual print progress.
  • Printing may take longer to start.

Print as Bitmap (for Windows XP and 2000)

Select this check box when the print speed is extremely slow or when the print head stops for a few minutes while printing. Try this option if Always spool RAW datatype and Page Rendering Mode do not solve the problem.

Monitoring Preferences

Click this button to open the Monitoring Preferences dialog box, where you can select settings for EPSON Status Monitor 3.

You can select the following settings.

Select Notification

Displays the current error notification settings.

Select the check boxes of the error types you want to receive notification for.

Click the Default button to revert all Select Notification settings to their default settings.

Select Shortcut Icon

Select the Shortcut Icon check box and choose an icon type to have a shortcut icon placed in your Windows taskbar. You can click the shortcut icon in the taskbar to open EPSON Status Monitor 3 or right-click the icon to access some of the printer utilities.

Allow monitoring of shared printers

Select this check box to allow monitoring of a shared printer by other computers.



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