How to Reset the Ink Level on a Lexmark Printer

Updated February 21, 2017

Using refilled ink cartridges is a great way to save money. However, Lexmark printers often will not recognise the refilled ink cartridge as containing a complete supply of fresh ink. It is possible to reset a Lexmark printer's ink level gauge and successfully use refilled cartridges instead of fresh cartridges. Resetting Lexmark printer ink gauge levels is a quick and easy process that will guarantee less expensive printing practices.

Open the "Printer Solution Center" program on the computer associated with the Lexmark printer.

Select the "Maintenance" tab in the "Printer Solution Center."

Select the "Install a new printer cartridge" option.

Click the "Next" buttons until the "Print the Alignment page" window appears onscreen.

Select the "Print" button. If the Lexmark printer still doesn't read the refilled cartridges as having sufficient ink, repeat the process.

Remove the black and colour cartridges, refilled or new, from the printer.

Turn the printer off using the power button. Leave the printer off for about 20 seconds to allow it to power down completely.

Turn the printer on using the power button. The printer will go through the normal start-up process and will determine that no cartridges are installed.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 five times. This process will allow the Lexmark printer to remove the usual five most recent ink cartridges from its memory and list of current ink cartridges and, as a result, accept the newly refilled ink cartridge.


To ensure the best print jobs and to maintain the printer, only reuse a print cartridge between five and eight times.

Things You'll Need

  • Refilled ink cartridge(s)
  • Lexmark printer
  • Computer
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Marguerite Lance has been a professional writer for seven years and has written for museums, hospitals, non-profit agencies, governmental agencies and telecommunication companies. Her specialties include nutrition, dietetics and women's and children's health issues. Lance received a Bachelor of Arts in biological anthropology from Idaho State University.