How to Tell How Much Ink Is Left in Your Printer

By Bennett Gavrish

No matter what kind of printer you use, changing ink or toner is an inevitable task. However, you can be prepared to change your ink or toner by checking the status of your printer. Both PC and Mac computers include features that allow you to see how much ink or toner is remaining in your printer, so that you can be prepared.

PC Instructions

Step 1

Go to the Start menu and select "Control Panel."

Step 2

Double-click on the "Printers and Faxes" icon to open the printer utility program.

Step 3

Find the printer you want to check the ink levels of in the new window.

Step 4

Right-click on the printer's icon and choose "Properties." Current ink levels for your printer should appear in this window.

Mac Instructions

Step 1

Open "System Preferences" by clicking on the icon in the dock.

Step 2

Go to the "Print & Fax" panel under the "Hardware" heading.

Step 3

Select the printer you want to check and click the "Open Print Queue" button.

Step 4

Click on the "Supply Levels" in the upper-right corner of the printer queue window. This will open another window displaying your current ink levels.

Step 5

Click the "OK" button to return to the printer queue and continue printing.