How to Set Up Printing for a 3x5 Card on a Canon Printer

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Many people never use their printer for anything other than standard tasks on regular-size, 8.5-by-11-inch printer paper. There are instances, however, when you may need to print on another type of paper. Luckily, your Canon printer can accommodate any standard print media, including the 3-by-5-inch card. With just a few adjustments, you can have a perfect print on any paper medium that is compatible with your Canon printer. Printing on a 3-by-5-inch card is perfect for recipes, lecture notes and many other projects.


Step 1

Adjust the printer to accommodate thicker paper. Some models of Canon printers may have a manual lever that is located under the flat scanner cover, while others may have the option to adjust paper thickness on the control panel menu or via your computer. Check your manual for specific instructions for your particular model of Canon printer.


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Step 2

Set the printer to the 3-by-5-inch paper size option. This may appear in the drop-down menu when you select "Print," then "Preferences" or "Properties." Some Canon models of printers allow you to set paper size by selecting "Paper Select" on the printer screen. Either select a preloaded option or manually adjust the size parameters to fit the 3-by-5-inch card.


Step 3

Place a small stack of 3-by-5-inch cards on the right side of the paper tray so that the long side of the card is placed vertically. Move the paper guide toward the cards until it is flush and secure against the edge of the stack. If your Canon printer has a photo paper tray insert, install it according to your instruction manual, and use that to hold your 3-by-5-inch cards.


Step 4

Press "Print" on your computer screen. Press "OK" on the dialogue box that appears. You can also press "Print" or "Copy" directly on your Canon printer.


If your Canon printer has trouble printing the 3-by-5-inch cards, feed them through the paper tray one at a time. You can print photos on a 3-by-5-inch card, but they will not be as high quality as if you used photo paper.


Do not put wet, bent or ripped cards in your Canon printer. This could cause a paper jam. Check your manual before you attempt this procedure, because different models of Canon printers will vary slightly in the exact methods to print a 3-by-5-inch card.