How do I Reset the Ink Level on an ip1800?

Written by chris hoke
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Anyone who has had to buy printer ink cartridges knows that this is how printer manufacturers really turn a profit. You can save some money by refilling cartridges rather than buying new ones. If you've opted to refill your own ink cartridges for your Canon Pixma iP1800 printer, then you'll need to manually reset the ink levels to get your printer to recognise the refilled cartridge. Doing so requires that you have physical access to the printer and are able to download a special Canon printer reset tool, called "IPTool."

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the front panel on the printer and install the ink cartridge, clicking it into place. Close the front panel.

  2. 2

    Turn off the printer and disconnect the power cable.

  3. 3

    Press and hold the "Power" button on the printer while inserting the power cable into the back of the printer. The power indicator light should turn green. Continue holding the "Power" button.

  4. 4

    Press the "Resume" button twice. Release the "Power" button.

  5. 5

    Click on the "IPTool" link in the Resources section to download the IPTool program. Unzip the contents of the file into a directory on your hard drive with a third-party file-extraction program or the one built into Windows.

  6. 6

    Double-click the "IPTool.exe" program file. Allow the program to detect your printer model.

  7. 7

    Click the "Reset Black" and "Reset Color" buttons located under the "Ink Counter" subheading. Click the "Reset Main" and "Reset Platen" buttons under the "Waste Ink Counter" subheading.

  8. 8

    Click the "Exit" button. Turn the printer off, then turn it on again.

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