How to Reset a Canon Ink Counter

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All Canon printers have a built-in sensor that can tell how much ink is inside each ink cartridge. This can be a problem if you have a little bit of ink left, since a "low ink" message effectively disables the printer until you change the cartridge. "Low ink" readings also occur when you refill Canon cartridges. Each Canon printer has a different way of resetting the ink counter, so follow the instructions for your specific printer model.

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    Canon Pixma MP460

  1. 1

    Turn off the printer and unplug the power cable.

  2. 2

    Press down on the "Power" button and plug the cable back in while still holding down the button.

  3. 3

    Tap the "Cancel/Stop" button twice while holding the "Power" button down.

  4. 4

    Lift your finger off the "Power" button. Wait 30 seconds for the printer display to read "Idle."

  5. 5

    Use the printer arrows to select "Shipping Mode" and press "OK."

  6. 6

    Tap the "Power" button and wait for the test page to print.

  7. 7

    Lift up the printer cover and unplug the printer.

  8. 8

    Remove the ink cartridges inside and close the printer cover.

  9. 9

    Plug the printer back in and tap the "Power" button.

  10. 10

    Lift up the cover and insert the ink cartridges back inside.

    Canon Pixma MP210 & MP220

  1. 1

    Turn off the printer. Hold down the "Resume" button and then press "Power."

  2. 2

    Let go of the "Resume" button while still pressing down "Power."

  3. 3

    Tap the "Resume" button twice while holding down "Power." Then release the "Power" button.

  4. 4

    Click "Resume" four times in a row and then tap "Power" once.

  5. 5

    Power off the printer and restart it.

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