How to Load Picture Paper Into an HP Printer

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

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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.

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

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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.

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