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How to align the print head using the Windows printer driver...

The following information applies to all Epson printers  Note: Photos may differ slightly from your model however, the instructions are similar.  Consult your manual for model specific infomation.

    Note:  Your printer must be directly connected to your computer (not on a network) to use the Print Head Alignment utility.

Make sure the printer is turned on, but not printing, and letter-size plain paper is loaded.

    Caution: Load paper that's at least 8.27 inches (210 mm) wide to prevent ink from spraying inside the printer and smudging your printouts.

  1. Access the printer software. For instructions, see Accessing the printer software
  2. Click the Utility tab, click the Print Head Alignment button and then follow the on-screen instructions to print a test page.
  3. The printer will print a test page containing the 4 patterns similar to the one shown below. For each pattern, choose the vertical line that is aligned best (straightest) and note its line number.
  4. epson printer cartridge alignment
  5. On your screen, you will see a Print Head Alignment window like the one shown below. In the box labeled #1, select the line number you chose for pattern #1 in step 8. Repeat this procedure for boxes 2-4 (select the line number you chose for pattern #2 on the page to determine the number you enter in box #2, etc.). Then follow the step below that applies to you:
    epson print head alignment dialog box
  6. If you chose the middle line (number 8) for each pattern on the printed page in step 8, click the Next button.
  7. Note: Different model numbers will have different "middle lines".  The middle line can be determined by the number shown in each box of the Print Head Alignment Dialog box shown above.

  8. If you chose a line other than number 8 for any of the printed patterns in step 8, click the Realignment button and then repeat steps 8-9.
  9. The printer will print a second test page. Repeat steps 8-9 until the middle line (Number 8) is the straightest. When you have finished, click Next. and then finish.


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