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Printing / Improving the Print Quality

Checking the Printer Status

For Windows
For Mac OS 9
For Mac OS X

For Windows

Using the progress meter

When you send a print job to this product, the progress meter appears, as shown in the illustration below.

The progress meter indicates the progress of the current print job and provides printer status information when bidirectional communication between this product and the computer is established. This meter also displays error messages as well as helpful tips for better printing. Refer to the appropriate section below.

Epson Printing Tips

Tips for getting the most out of your Epson printer software appear in the text box at the bottom of the progress meter window. A new tip appears every 30 seconds. For more details on the tip displayed in the window, click the Details button.

Error messages

If a problem occurs during printing, an error message appears in the text box at the top of the progress meter window. For more detailed information, click Technical Support to access the online Reference Guide.

When the ink runs low or out, a How to button appears below the text box. Click How to, and EPSON Status Monitor 3 will lead you step-by-step through the cartridge replacement procedure.

Using EPSON Spool Manager

EPSON Spool Manager is similar to Windows Print Manager. If it receives two or more print jobs at one time, it holds them in the order that they were received (with printers on a network, this may be called a print queue). When a print job reaches the top of the line, EPSON Spool Manager sends the job to this product. From the spool manager, you can view print status information about the print jobs that have been sent to this product. You can also cancel, pause, and resume selected print jobs.

Note:
EPSON Spool Manager is not available with Windows XP and 2000.

After you send a print job, a printer icon appears on the taskbar. Click this icon to open EPSON Spool Manager.

Using EPSON Status Monitor 3

EPSON Status Monitor 3 displays detailed information on the status of this product.

Accessing EPSON Status Monitor 3

There are two ways to access EPSON Status Monitor 3:

When you access EPSON Status Monitor 3, the following window appears.

Viewing information in EPSON Status Monitor 3

EPSON Status Monitor 3 provides the following information:


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For Mac OS 9

Using EPSON StatusMonitor

EPSON StatusMonitor monitors this product. If it detects a printer error, it will inform you with an error message.

When the ink runs low or out, a How to button appears. Click How to, and EPSON StatusMonitor will lead you step by step through the ink cartridge replacement procedure.

You can also use this utility to check ink levels before printing. EPSON StatusMonitor displays the amount of ink remaining at the time it was opened. To update the ink level information, click Update.

Accessing EPSON StatusMonitor

Follow the steps below to access EPSON StatusMonitor.

Access the Print dialog box.
For Mac OS 9 in "Accessing the Printer Driver"

Click the  StatusMonitor icon button, or click the  Utility icon button then the EPSON StatusMonitor button in the Utility dialog box. The EPSON StatusMonitor dialog box appears.

Using the Configuration Settings dialog box

To change the way that the EPSON StatusMonitor utility monitors this product, or to change the way that this product handles print jobs, follow the steps below.

Click Print or Page Setup on the File menu of your application.

Click the  Utility icon button.

Click Configuration. The Configuration Settings dialog box appears.

In the Configuration Settings dialog box, you can make the following settings.

Error notification

Choose the method by which EPSON StatusMonitor will notify you in case of an error.

Warning

Choose the method by which EPSON StatusMonitor will notify you if a warning message becomes necessary.

Temporary Spool folder

Specify the folder in which print data will be temporarily spooled.

Temporary High Speed Copies folder

Specify the folder in which multiple-copy print data will be temporarily stored.

Data will be sent to the printer after being stored on your disk.

Select this check box to prevent horizontal banding in printouts that contain images, by temporarily storing image data on the computer's hard drive. The computer will then send the image data to this product as a whole rather than as rectangular bands.

Check for errors before starting to print.

Select this check box to have this product check for errors before starting to print.

Check the ink level before starting to print.

Select this check box to have this product check the ink levels before starting to print.

Using EPSON MonitorIV

After you send a print job to this product, you can use the EPSON MonitorIV utility to check, cancel, or change the priority of print jobs that are queued for printing. This utility also shows the status of the job currently being printed.

Accessing EPSON MonitorIV

To access EPSON MonitorIV, follow these steps.

First, turn on Background Printing in the Chooser or in the Background Printing dialog box.

Send a print job to this product.

Select EPSON MonitorIV from the Application menu at the right end of the menu bar. The EPSON MonitorIV dialog box appears.

Note:
You can also open EPSON MonitorIV by double-clicking the EPSON MonitorIV icon in the Extensions folder.

Managing print jobs using EPSON MonitorIV

Using EPSON MonitorIV, you can manage print jobs as described below:

Hold

Pauses printing and keeps the current print job at the top of the print queue.

Resume

Resumes printing.

Delete

Stops printing and deletes the print job from the print queue.

Print head cleaning

Starts the Print Head Cleaning utility.

StatusMonitor

Starts EPSON StatusMonitor, which displays the amount of ink remaining.

Changing the priority of print jobs

To change the priority of print jobs in a print queue, follow the steps in this section.

Note:
You can also change the priority of print jobs whose print times were previously set in the printer software's Background Printing dialog box.

In the Document Name column, select the print job for which you want to change the priority.

Click the Show details arrow to open an extension (similar to the one below) at the bottom of the EPSON MonitorIV dialog box.

From the Priority list, select Urgent, Normal, Hold, or Print Time.

Note:
If you select Print Time, a dialog box appears, allowing you to specify the date and time when the document will be printed.Make sure that this product and computer are turned on at the specified time.


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For Mac OS X

Using EPSON StatusMonitor

EPSON StatusMonitor monitors this product. If it detects a printer error, it will inform you with an error message.

When the ink runs low or out, a How to button appears. Click How to, and EPSON StatusMonitor will lead you step by step through the ink cartridge replacement procedure.

You can also use this utility to check ink levels before printing. EPSON StatusMonitor displays the amount of ink remaining at the time it was opened. To update the ink level information, click Update.

Accessing EPSON StatusMonitor

Follow the steps below to access EPSON StatusMonitor.

Access the EPSON Printer Utility dialog box.
For Mac OS X in "Accessing the Printer Driver"

The EPSON Printer Utility dialog box appears.

Click the EPSON StatusMonitor button. The EPSON StatusMonitor dialog box appears.


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