How to Reset the Ink Level in a Dell Printer

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Dell printers are inexpensive, but the ink cartridges are not. One way to save money when buying ink is to refill your old ink cartridges or buy non-Dell brand cartridges. The only problem is resetting the ink level program within your Dell printer. When you refill a ink cartridge, your Dell printer still thinks the cartridge is empty. And non-Dell brand ink cartridges do not contain the chip that tells the printer that a new cartridge has been installed. There is a way to reset the ink level on your Dell printer.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn your Dell printer off, if it is on. Wait five seconds.

  2. 2

    Turn on your Dell printer. A dialogue box with the heading "Dell XXX Printer XXX" will appear on your computer screen. The Xs represent the type and model number of your Dell printer. If you don't receive this dialogue box, click on the Dell printer control program's icon located on your computer's "Desktop" or select it from the "All Programs" menu, if using a Windows system, or from the "Finder," if using a Mac system.

  3. 3

    Locate on the dialogue box the wording "Complete-A-Print." If there is a check mark in the box next to the wording, click on the check mark to remove it. If there is not a check mark in the box, do nothing.

  4. 4

    Click "OK" to close the dialogue box. You have now reset the ink level in your Dell printer and disabled additional warnings about installing a non-Dell ink cartridge.

  1. 1

    Turn your Dell printer off, if it is on. Wait five seconds.

  2. 2

    Turn on your Dell printer. A dialogue box with the heading "Dell XXX Printer XXX" will appear on your computer screen. The Xs represent the type and model number of your Dell printer. If you don't receive this dialogue box, click on the Dell printer control program's icon located on your computer's "Desktop" or select it from the "All Programs" menu, if using a Windows system, or from the "Finder," if using a Mac system.

  3. 3

    Locate on the dialogue box the wording "Complete-A-Print." If there is a check mark in the box next to the wording, click on the check mark to remove it. If there is not a check mark in the box, do nothing.

  4. 4

    Click the box next to the wording "Don't display this dialogue again."

  5. 5

    Click "Continue Printing" to close the dialogue box. You have now reset the ink level in your Dell printer.

Tips and warnings

  • If you receive a dialogue box asking "Installing a new cartridge" or "Reinstalling a used cartridge" when you first installed a refilled or non-Dell brand cartridge, always choose "Installing a new cartridge." This will reset the ink level display dialogue box within the Dell printer control program.
  • After installing a refilled or non-Dell brand ink cartridge, perform a printhead cleaning if your printer has been experiencing printing problems---lines across the pages or characters missing on the page.

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