How to Stop Photos From Smearing on My HP F4440 Printer

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How to Stop Photos From Smearing on My HP F4440 Printer
The right paper settings will solve photo smearing problems. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The HP F4440 is a basic household printer capable of printing high-quality photos. If your photos are smearing, the cause is a mismatch between the printer and your paper type. Photo paper -- glossy in particular -- is less absorbent than regular paper. Printing with regular ink settings will smear the ink, which needs more time to dry on the shiny surface.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Hit "Ctrl-P" in your photo application to bring up the print dialogue screen.

  2. 2

    Hit the "Down" arrow next to "Paper Type" and select the type. Be sure to note whether you have glossy paper (shiny) or matt paper (not shiny). Glossy paper requires less ink, but that ink needs more time to dry.

  3. 3

    Select your paper size right below paper type.

  4. 4

    Hit "Print."

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