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How do you clean printer heads?

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Clogged printer heads can be cleaned by first accessing the Printer Preferences window through the Control Panel. Find the option that executes an operation to clean the printer heads. Different printers may use different phrases for this option, but it is most likely under the Maintenance tab.

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  1. Load some paper in the printer

    The cleaning process works by printing test pages to check the condition of the printer heads. Make sure the printer is turned on and paper is loaded in it.

  2. Access the preferences of the printer

    For Windows 7/Vista, click on the Start button, and go to Control Panel. For Windows 8/8.1, point the mouse at the upper-right corner of the screen, and move it downwards. Select Search, type "Control Panel" in the search box, and when Control Panel appears, click on it. In the Control Panel, select Hardware and Sound, and then select Devices and Printers. When the list of all installed printers appear, find the correct printer, right-click on it, and select Printer preferences.

  3. Execute the cleaning process

    This process might vary from one printer to another. Generally, the command that executes the cleaning process is placed under the Maintenance or Utility tab. Find the command button, click on it, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. If the printing quality is not better after the cleaning process is complete, repeat the process from the beginning.

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