How to See Ink Levels

Running out of ink in the middle of printing an important report or assignment is incredibly frustrating. Avoid doing so by checking the ink levels of your printer cartridge regularly. The method for seeing estimated ink levels varies depending on the brand of printer. No method takes more than a few clicks but will give you peace of mind for future printing projects. Invest in a new printer cartridge as soon as the estimated ink level of your cartridge nears zero.

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Invest in a new printer cartridge as soon as the estimated ink level of your cartridge nears zero.

HP Printer

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Double-click on the printer icon in your toolbar.

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Select "Settings" and then "Printer Settings" in the subsequent menu that appears.

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Click "Printer Toolbox." Open the "Estimated Ink Levels" tab.

Epson Printer

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Double-click on the printer icon in your toolbar.

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Open the "Maintenance" tab of the window that appears.

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Click on the "Status Monitor" button to see estimated ink levels.

Lexmark Printer

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Double-click on the Lexmark icon in your desktop menu.

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Open the "Cartridges" tab in the window that appears.

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View the estimated ink levels of your Lexmark printer cartridge.

Canon/Dell Printers

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Open the "Start" menu and select "Control Panel."

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Double-click on the printer icon, then right-click on your printer in the subsequent menu.

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Select "Properties" for a Canon printer or "Preferences" for a Dell.

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Open the "Maintenance" tab, in both cases, to view ink levels. You may have to click on "View Printer Status" for a Canon printer.