How to Check HP Printer Cartridges

By John Stevens

  • Overview

    Doesn't it seem that just when you need the printer the most is when you learn that it is out of ink? If there was only a way to check the printer cartridges ahead of time to prevent this from happening. By following the simple steps below, you can check you HP printer cartridges without having to print anything at all.
    • Step 1

      Click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop.
    • Step 2

      Click on "Control Panel" on the left side of the screen.


    • Step 3

      Click on the "Printers and Faxes" icon.
    • Step 4

      Right click one time on the icon which represents your printer. Usually this icon will have the name and/or model number of your HP printer, such as "hp psc 2200 series" for example.
    • Step 5

      Right click one time on the printer icon and select "Printing Preferences" from the drop down menu that appears.
    • Step 6

      Notice the tabs which appear at the top of the "Printing Preferences" screen. Click on the tab which reads "Services."
    • Step 7

      Click on the picture next to "Open the HP Toolbox."
    • Step 8

      Note the three tabs which appear at the top of the screen. Click on the tab which reads "Estimated Ink Level." The screen which appears will tell you how much ink is left in each HP ink cartridge.
    • Skill: Easy

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