Aligning the Print Head Using the Product Control Panel

If your printouts become grainy or blurry, you notice misalignment of vertical lines, or you see dark or light horizontal bands, you may need to align the print head.
Note: Banding may also occur if your print head nozzles need cleaning.
  1. Make sure there are no errors on the LCD screen, the CD/DVD tray is not inserted for printing, and the output tray is extended.
  2. Load a few sheets of plain paper in the product.
  3. Press the  home button, if necessary.
  4. Select Maintenance. You see a screen like this:


  5. Select Print Head Alignment .
  6. Select one of the following options:
    • Vertical Alignment if your printout is blurry or contains vertical ruled lines that are misaligned.
    • Horizontal Alignment if your printout contains horizontal banding.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to print an alignment sheet.
    Note: Do not cancel printing while you are printing head alignment patterns.
  8. Check the printed patterns on the alignment sheet and select the following on the LCD screen, depending on the alignment pattern you printed:
    • Vertical Alignment: For each set of patterns, select the number representing the pattern with the least amount of separation or overlap.


    • Horizontal Alignment: Select the number representing the pattern with the least amount of separation or overlap.


  9. Continue following the rest of the on-screen instructions to finish the alignment.
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