How to Align & Clean the Ink Cartridge on an HP Printer

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How to Align & Clean the Ink Cartridge on an HP Printer
Use software to align and clean ink cartridges. (printer cartridge image by hugy from

Maintain HP printers regularly for the best image quality. Most printing software offers tests to indicate the need for basic maintenance. When the quality seems to be lower than usual, clean and align the cartridge by using built-in tools.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "HP Digital Imaging Software" icon to open the Solution Center.

  2. 2

    Click "Printer Settings" to open a new window. Choose the "Services" tab for a list of available actions.

  3. 3

    Click "Clean" to clean the ink cartridges and print a test page. Check the printed output for any mistakes. This will indicate whether the cartridges need any additional cleaning. Click "Intermediate Clean" if necessary, or click "Done" return to the menu.

  4. 4

    Click "Align" to print an alignment test page. Follow the instructions and adjust the choices depending on the test page's results. Click "Done" to finish or repeat the alignment process.

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