How to Load Picture Paper Into an HP Printer

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Printing digital pictures at home not only saves you money, but time also. With the invention of high-quality HP (Hewlett Packard ) photo and inkjet printers, you don't have to travel to the photo lab or drugstore to get your pictures developed and printed. When printing photos at home, there are a variety of different types of paper you can use to print your photos on, including white bond paper, matte-finish paper and glossy picture paper. It is important that you load the picture paper correctly in your HP printer.

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Step 1

Open the package of picture paper and handle the paper by its edges. Do not touch the paper's surface with your fingers.

Step 2

Insert the picture paper glossy or matte side facing up if you have a HP printer that accepts paper from a top-paper slot. These printers are known as "Top Load" printers. Insert 10 sheets of paper into the paper slot.

Step 3

Adjust the paper guides on the top-paper slot so the guides are tight against the paper.

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Step 4

Pull out the paper tray and lift the paper catch, if one is present, and insert the picture paper glossy or matte side facing down if you have a HP printer that accepts paper from a front-load paper slot. These printers are known as "Front Load" printers. Insert 10 sheets of paper into the paper slot.

Step 5

Adjust the paper guides on the front-load paper slot so the guides are tight against the paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Picture paper

  • HP printer

Tip

After printing your photos, let the printed pages dry for 10 minutes before handling the paper or reinserting the photo in the printer for additional printing.

Store your picture paper in a cool, dry place in its original package or wrapped in butcher paper.

Warning

Do not overload your printer with more than 10 sheets of picture paper—this can lead to the printer pulling through two or more sheets of paper and jamming.

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