How to Check the Ink Levels of an HP Deskjet in Windows 7

Updated April 17, 2017

Many programs installed in the Windows 7 operating system can print to a variety of printers. If you have an HP Deskjet printer installed, it can be selected as a target printer. If a large print job will consume a lot of ink, you may want to be certain you have enough to complete the job. It is possible to check your HP Deskjet ink levels in Windows 7.

Launch a Windows 7 program that is capable of printing, such as Notepad or Internet Explorer.

Press "Ctrl + P" to open the "Print" window.

Right-click your HP Deskjet from the list of installed printers.

Click "Properties."

Click the "Services" tab at the top of the window. If you do not have a "Services" tab on this window, click "Preferences" on the "General" tab.

Click the "Service This Device" icon.

Click the "Estimated Ink Levels" tab to see how much ink is remaining in your cartridges.


You can also download and install the "HP Solution Center" from HP's website to monitor your ink cartridges, as well as perform additional printer tasks. Browse to the HP Solution Center download page at and follow the prompts to install the program.

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