Adjust Print Quality : Clean the Print Head

Clean the Print Head
If print quality has declined and the nozzle check pattern indicates clogged nozzles, you can clean the print head.
Note:
You cannot clean the print head if an ink cartridge is expended, and may not be able to clean it when a cartridge is low. You must replace the cartridge first.
You can clean the print head using your product’s control panel or your software. See these sections below:
Using the Control Panel
From the Computer
Using the Control Panel
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Press  Menu.
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Press  or  to select Maintenance, then press OK.
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Press  or  to select Head Cleaning.
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Press the  Color button. The cleaning cycle lasts around 2 1/2 minutes.
When you see a completion message on the LCD screen, cleaning is finished.
Caution:
Never turn off your product during a cleaning cycle or you may damage it.
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Press 2 to run a nozzle check to confirm that the print head is clean.
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If the printout looks good, press 1 to finish; if not, press 2 to run another cleaning cycle.
You may need to clean the print head up to 4 times. You can also turn off your product and wait at least 6 hours. Then try printing again.
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Note:
If you do not use your product often, it is a good idea to print a few pages at least once a month to maintain good print quality.
From the Computer
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Windows:
Right-click the  product icon in the Windows taskbar and select Nozzle Check.
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7: In the Apple menu or the Dock, select System Preferences. Select Print & Scan or Print & Fax, select the FAX option for your product, and select Options & Supplies. Select Utility and select Open Printer Utility.
Mac OS X 10.4/10.5: In the Apple menu or the Dock, select System Preferences. Select Print & Fax, select the FAX option for your product, and select Open Print Queue. Select Utility.
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Select Head Cleaning.
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The  On light flashes throughout the cleaning cycle and stays on green when the cycle is finished.
Caution:
Never turn off your product during a cleaning cycle or you may damage it.
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When the  On light stops flashing and remains on, you can check to see if the nozzles are clean. Click Print Nozzle Check Pattern and click Print.
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If there are gaps or the pattern is faint, click Clean to clean the print head again.
You may need to clean the print head up to 4 times. You can also turn off your product and wait at least 6 hours. Then try printing again.
Note:
If you do not use your product often, it is a good idea to print a few pages at least once a month to maintain good print quality.