How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Officejet Enterprise Color MFP X585dn Printer – an Illustrated Tutorial in 9 Steps

HP OfficeJet Pro X585dn Office Printer with Print Security, Remote Fleet Management & Fast Printing (B5L04A)

You can check the estimated ink levels from the printer printer control panel:

– From the Home screen on the product control panel, scroll to and touch the Supplies button. The status of all supply items is listed on the screen.
– To print or view a report of the status of all supply items, including the genuine HP part number for reordering the supply, touch the Manage Supplies button. Touch the Supplies Status button, and then touch either the Print or View button.
Check the percent of life remaining for the cartridges.

Print quality problems can occur when using an ink cartridge that is at its estimated end of life. The supplies status page indicates when a supply level is very low. After an HP supply has reached the very low threshold, HP’s premium protection warranty on that supply has ended. Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you see a low-ink warning or indicator, consider having a replacement ink cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not have to replace the ink cartridges until the print quality is unacceptable.

Make sure you purchase the right ink cartridges for your specific printer. Cartridges are not compatible between different brands, and often not within the same brand. Hewlett-Packard cannot recommend the use of non-HP supplies, either new or remanufactured. Because they are not HP products, HP cannot influence their design or control their quality. If you are using a refilled or remanufactured ink cartridge and are not satisfied with the print quality, replace the cartridge with a genuine HP ink cartridge.

Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Officejet Pro X451dw Series Printer?

For your US, European and UK HP Officejet Enterprise Color MFP X585dn Printer you need HP 980 Black and AND 3 color cartridges: HP 980 Cyan, HP 980 Magenta and HP 980 Yellow cartridges. There are also Four Packs available, like the Hp 980 Inkjet Cartridges – Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.

Replace the ink cartridges

The product uses four colors and has a different ink cartridge for each color: yellow (Y), cyan (C), magenta (M), and black (K). The ink cartridge can be installed and removed by using one hand.

1. Turn the printer on by pressing the On/Off button (power button), if it is not already turned on. Wait until the product is idle and silent before continuing.
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Remove the empty cartridge
2. Open the ink cartridge door. Wait until the print carriage stops moving before proceeding.
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3. Push the old ink cartridge inward to unlock it.
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4. Grasp the edge of the old ink cartridge and then pull the cartridge straight out to remove it.
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Insert new cartridge
5. Remove the new ink cartridge from the packaging.
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6. Do not touch the gold-colored metal contacts of the ink cartridge. Fingerprints on the connector can cause print-quality problems. Fingerprints may cause supply error messages. Dust may also cause supply error messages; do not leave ink cartridges outside the product for prolonged periods of time.
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7. Insert the new ink cartridge into the product. Push the cartridge until it “clicks” into place.
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8. Close the ink cartridge door.
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9. Place the old ink cartridge in the box and refer to HP’s recycling instructions at http://www.hp.com/recycle . You can also check out Amazon’s list of recycling programs and websites that will help point you in the right direction to recycle most anything.

Align the printhead only if necessary.
Calibration is a product function that optimizes print quality. Follow these steps to resolve print print-quality problems such as misaligned color, colored shadows, blurry graphics, or other print-quality issues.
– From the Home screen on the product control panel, scroll to and touch the Device Maintenance button.
Open the following menus: Calibration/Cleaning and Full Calibration.
– Touch the Start button to start the calibration process. A Calibrating message will display on the product control panel. The calibration process takes a few minutes to complete. Do not turn the product off until the calibration process has finished.

How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Officejet Pro 8216 series Printer – an Illustrated Tutorial in 9 Steps

HP OfficeJet Pro 8216 Wireless Professional-Quality Color Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant Ink ready

Make sure you purchase the right ink cartridges for your specific printer and printer region or have your old ones refilled. Cartridges are not compatible between different brands, and often not within the same brand. Unlike other inkjet manufacturers, HP often designs its inkjet hardware to use country-specific consumables. When you unbox a new HP inkjet printer and set it up, you install a set of ink tanks that ship with the printer. As you turn on the device and get ready to use it, an initialization sequence localizes it to the country associated with the ink cartridges you installed.

HP recommends that you use Original HP ink cartridges. XL (Extra Large) cartridges cost more but do provide better value in the long run. The XL version of the cartridge for your HP Officejet Pro 8216 will be able to print at least double the pages of a regular cartridge. Our advice is that if you print often, go with XL. However, ink can dry up. So if you are not a frequent printer, go with the regular cartridges. You can check the estimated ink levels from the printer software or from the printer control panel.

To check the estimated ink levels from the printer control panel
– From the Home screen, select Ink Information, and then press OK.
– Select Estimated Levels (selected by default), and then press OK.

To check the estimated ink levels from the HP printer software
– Open the HP printer software.
– In the printer software, from the main menu on the top, click Estimated Cartridge Levels.

Ink level alerts and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you receive a low-ink alert, consider having a replacement cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not have to replace the cartridges until you are prompted to do so. HP recommends that you replace any missing cartridges as soon as possible to avoid print quality issues and possible extra ink usage or damage to the ink system. Never turn off the printer when ink cartridges are missing.

Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Officejet Pro 8210 series Printer?

For your US HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 series Printer you need a
HP 952 Black Ink Cartridge OR the XL version: HP 952XL Black High Yield Original Ink Cartridge OR the HP 956XL Black High Yield Original Ink Cartridge AND 3 color cartridges: HP 952 Cyan, HP 952 Magenta and HP 952 Yellow (OR the XL-versions).
There are also Combo Packs (4 cartridges in one pack) available, like the HP 952XL Black and 952 Tri-color (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) Combo Pack.

For your European or UK HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 series Printer you need a HP 953 Black Ink Cartridge OR the XL version: HP 953XL High Yield Black Original Ink Cartridge OR the HP 957XL High Yield Black Original Ink Cartridge AND 3 color cartridges: HP 953 Cyan, HP 953 Magenta and HP 953 Yellow (OR the XL-versions).

Replace the cartridges

1. Turn the printer on by pressing the power button, if it is not already turned on. Wait until the product is idle and silent before continuing.
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2. Load Letter, A4, or Legal unused plain white paper into the paper tray.

Remove the empty cartridge
3. Lift up and push back the ink cartridge access door. Wait until the print carriage stops moving before proceeding.
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4. Find the cartridge you want to replace. Push in on the front of the cartridge to release it, and then pull it toward you to remove it from its slot.
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Detailed image: Removing the empty cartridge from its slot.
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Insert new cartridge
5. Remove the new ink cartridge from its packaging. Be careful to touch only the black plastic on the cartridge. Do NOT touch the electrical contacts and ink port.
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6. Hold the new cartridge so that the cartridge contacts face the printer. Using the color-coded letters for help, slide the ink cartridge into the empty slot until until it clicks into place and it is securely installed in the slot. Make sure that you insert the ink cartridge into the slot that has the same colored letter as the color you are installing.
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Detailed image: Inserting the new cartridge into its slot.
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7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 for each ink cartridge you are replacing.

8. Close the print-carriage access door and wait until the warm-up sequence finishes and your printer is quiet before you proceed.
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Align the cartridges
Aligning the cartridges or printhead ensures high-quality output. The printer prompts you to align the cartridges or printhead every time you install a new cartridge. If you remove and reinstall the same cartridge, it will not prompt you to align as the printer remembers the alignment values for that cartridge.

9. Follow the instructions on the printer screen to align the cartridges.

The alignment page did not print?
If the alignment page did not print automatically, you can align the cartridges manually from the printer software and from the printer display on the product.

To align the cartridges or printhead from the printer software (Windows):
Open the HP printer software.
– In the printer software, click Print > Maintain Your Printer to access the Printer Toolbox window.
– From the Device Services tab, click the option to align. The printer prints an alignment sheet.
– Now go to step 9.

To align the cartridges or printhead from the printer control panel:
– On the printer control panel, from the Home screen, select Setup, and then press OK.
– Select Tools, and then press OK.
– Select the option to align, press OK.
– Now go to step 9.

How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format All-in-One series Printer – an Illustrated Tutorial in 8 Steps

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format All-in-One Printer with Wireless & Mobile Printing (G5J38A)

Make sure you purchase the right ink cartridges for your specific printer and printer region or have your old ones refilled. Cartridges are not compatible between different brands, and often not within the same brand. Unlike other inkjet manufacturers, HP often designs its inkjet hardware to use country-specific consumables. When you unbox a new HP inkjet printer and set it up, you install a set of ink tanks that ship with the printer. As you turn on the device and get ready to use it, an initialization sequence localizes it to the country associated with the ink cartridges you installed.

HP recommends that you use Original HP ink cartridges. XL (Extra Large) cartridges cost more but do provide better value in the long run. The XL versions of the cartridges for your HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 will be able to print at least double the pages of a regular cartridge. Our advice is that if you print often, go with XL. However, ink can dry up. So if you are not a frequent printer, go with the regular cartridges. You can check the estimated ink levels from the printer software or from the printer control panel.

To check the estimated ink levels from the printer control panel
– Touch or swipe down the tab at the top of the screen to open the Dashboard, and then touch the Ink Icon (see below) to check the estimated ink levels.
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To check the estimated ink levels from the HP printer software:
– Open the HP printer software.
– In the printer software, from the main menu on the top, click Estimated Cartridge Levels.

Ink level alerts and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you receive a low-ink alert, consider having a replacement cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not have to replace the cartridges until you are prompted to do so. HP recommends that you replace any missing cartridges as soon as possible to avoid print quality issues and possible extra ink usage or damage to the ink system. Never turn off the printer when ink cartridges are missing.

Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format All-in-One series=B01JUCLLGK Printer?

For your US HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format All-in-One series Printer you need a
HP 952 Black Ink Cartridge and 3 color cartridges: HP 952 Cyan, HP 952 Magenta and HP 952 Yellow.
There are also Combo Packs (4 cartridges in one pack) available, like the HP 952XL Black and 952 Tri-color (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) Combo Pack.

For your European or UK HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format All-in-One series Printer you need a HP 953 Black Ink Cartridge and 3 color cartridges: HP 953 Cyan, HP 953 Magenta and HP 953 Yellow.

Replace the cartridges

1. Turn the printer on by pressing the power button, if it is not already turned on. Wait until the product is idle and silent before continuing.
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2. Load Letter, A4, or Legal unused plain white paper into the paper tray.

Remove the empty cartridge
3. Slip your fingers into the slot on the side of the printer, and then pull forward to open the cartridge access door. Wait until the print carriage stops moving before proceeding.
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4. Find the cartridge you want to replace. Push in on the front of the cartridge to release it, and then pull it toward you to remove it from its slot.
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Detailed image: Removing the empty cartridge from its slot.
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Insert new cartridge
5. Remove the new ink cartridge from its packaging. Be careful to touch only the black plastic on the cartridge. Do NOT touch the electrical contacts and ink port.
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6. Hold the new cartridge so that the cartridge contacts face the printer. Using the color-coded letters for help, slide the ink cartridge into the empty slot until until it clicks into place and it is securely installed in the slot.
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Detailed image: Inserting the new cartridge into its slot. Make sure that you insert the ink cartridge into the slot that has the same colored letter as the color you are installing.
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7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 for each ink cartridge you are replacing.

8. Close the print-carriage access door and wait until the warm-up sequence finishes and your printer is quiet before you proceed.
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Align the printhead only if necessary.
The printer automatically aligns the printhead during the initial setup. You might want to use this feature when the printer status page shows streaking or white lines through any of the blocks of color or if you are having print quality issues with your printouts. You can align the printhead from the printer’s control panel and from printer’s software.

From the printer control panel:
– Touch or swipe down the tab at the top of the screen to open the Dashboard, and then touch Setup.
– Touch Printer Maintenance, touch Align Printhead, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

From the HP printer software:
Open the HP printer software.
– Click Print, Scan, & Fax, and then click Maintain Your Printer to access the Printer Toolbox.
– In Printer Toolbox, click Align Printheads on the Device Services tab.

The printer prints an alignment sheet.

How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-All-in-One series – an Illustrated Tutorial in 9 Steps

HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium Wireless e-All-in-One (CM758A#B1H)

Make sure you purchase the right ink cartridges for your specific printer and printer region or have your old ones refilled. Cartridges are not compatible between different brands, and often not within the same brand. Unlike other inkjet manufacturers, HP often designs its inkjet hardware to use country-specific consumables. When you unbox a new HP inkjet printer and set it up, you install a set of ink tanks that ship with the printer. As you turn on the device and get ready to use it, an initialization sequence localizes it to the country associated with the ink cartridges you installed. HP recommends that you use original HP ink cartridges.

XL (Extra Large) cartridges cost more but do provide better value in the long run. They will be able to print at least double the pages of a regular cartridge. Our advice is that if you print often, go with XL. However, ink can dry up. So if you are not a frequent printer, go with the regular cartridges.

You can check the estimated ink levels from the printer software, Control-panel, or the embedded Web server. The icon below on the Control-panel displays a screen where you can see information about the ink cartridges, including fill levels. This icon has a red border when an ink cartridge needs attention. Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you receive a low-ink warning message, consider having a replacement cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not need to replace cartridges until prompted to do so.
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Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium Printer Series?

For your US HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-All-in-One series you need HP 940 Black (XL) and HP 940 Cyan/Magenta/Yellow cartridges. There are also Combo Packs (4 cartridges in one pack) available, like the HP 940XL Black Ink Cartridge and HP 940 Colors Standard Yield Cartridges Four Color Combo Pack.

For your European and UK HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-All-in-One series you need HP 940 Black and HP 940XL Cyan/Magenta/Yellow cartridges. There are also Combo Packs (4 cartridges in one pack) available, like the HP 940XL 4-pack High Yield Black/Cyan/Magenta/Yellow Original Ink Cartridges (C2N93AE).

Replace the cartridges

1. Press the power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.
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2. Load plain unused Letter or A4 white paper in the input tray.

Remove the old cartridge
3. Gently pull open the ink cartridge cover.
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4. Remove the ink cartridge that requires replacement by grasping it between your thumb and forefinger and pulling it firmly toward you.
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Insert a new cartridge
5. Remove the new ink cartridge from its package. Be careful to touch only the plastic on the cartridge. Do NOT touch the electrical contacts and ink port.
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6. Hold the cartridge by its sides with the nozzle toward the product, and then insert the cartridge into its color-coded slot.
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7. Press the cartridge forward into the slot until it snaps into place.
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8. If more than one cartridge is low on ink, repeat the steps to insert the other cartridges.
9. Close the ink cartridge cover.
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Align the printhead only if necessary.
The printer automatically aligns the printhead during the initial setup. You might want to use this feature when the printer status page shows streaking or white lines through any of the blocks of color or if you are having print quality issues with your printouts. You can align the printhead from the printer’s control panel, from the Toolbox (Windows) or HP Utility (OS X), and from the embedded web server (EWS).

– From the Control panel: Touch right arrow , touch Setup, touch Tools, and then select Align Printer.
– From the Embedded Web server: Click the Settings tab, click Device Services in the left pane, select Align Printer from the drop-down list in the Print Quality section, and then click Run Diagnostic.
– From the HP Software (Windows): Open the HP software that was included with the printer. Click Printer Actions, click Maintenance Tasks, and then click Align Printheads.
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How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One series – an Illustrated Tutorial in 9 Steps

HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus Wireless e-All-in-One (CM756A#B1H)

Make sure you purchase the right ink cartridges for your specific printer and printer region or have your old ones refilled. Cartridges are not compatible between different brands, and often not within the same brand. Unlike other inkjet manufacturers, HP often designs its inkjet hardware to use country-specific consumables. When you unbox a new HP inkjet printer and set it up, you install a set of ink tanks that ship with the printer. As you turn on the device and get ready to use it, an initialization sequence localizes it to the country associated with the ink cartridges you installed. HP recommends that you use original HP ink cartridges.

XL (Extra Large) cartridges cost more but do provide better value in the long run. They will be able to print at least double the pages of a regular cartridge. Our advice is that if you print often, go with XL. However, ink can dry up. So if you are not a frequent printer, go with the regular cartridges.

You can check the estimated ink levels from the printer software, Control-panel, or the embedded Web server. The icon below on the Control-panel displays a screen where you can see information about the ink cartridges, including fill levels. This icon has a red border when an ink cartridge needs attention. Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you receive a low-ink warning message, consider having a replacement cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not need to replace cartridges until prompted to do so.
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Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus Printer Series?

For your US HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One series you need HP 940 Black (XL) and HP 940 Cyan/Magenta/Yellow cartridges. There are also Combo Packs (4 cartridges in one pack) available, like the HP 940XL Black Ink Cartridge and HP 940 Colors Standard Yield Cartridges Four Color Combo Pack.

For your European and UK HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One series you need HP 940 Black and HP 940XL Cyan/Magenta/Yellow cartridges. There are also Combo Packs (4 cartridges in one pack) available, like the HP 940XL 4-pack High Yield Black/Cyan/Magenta/Yellow Original Ink Cartridges (C2N93AE).

Replace the cartridges

1. Press the power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.
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2. Load plain unused Letter or A4 white paper in the input tray.

Remove the old cartridge
3. Gently pull open the ink cartridge cover.
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4. Remove the ink cartridge that requires replacement by grasping it between your thumb and forefinger and pulling it firmly toward you.
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Insert a new cartridge
5. Remove the new ink cartridge from its package. Be careful to touch only the plastic on the cartridge. Do NOT touch the electrical contacts and ink port.
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6. Hold the cartridge by its sides with the nozzle toward the product, and then insert the cartridge into its color-coded slot.
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7. Press the cartridge forward into the slot until it snaps into place.
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8. If more than one cartridge is low on ink, repeat the steps to insert the other cartridges.
9. Close the ink cartridge cover.
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Align the printhead only if necessary.
The printer automatically aligns the printhead during the initial setup. You might want to use this feature when the printer status page shows streaking or white lines through any of the blocks of color or if you are having print quality issues with your printouts. You can align the printhead from the printer’s control panel, from the Toolbox (Windows) or HP Utility (OS X), and from the embedded web server (EWS).

– From the Control panel: Touch right arrow , touch Setup, touch Tools, and then select Align Printer.
– From the Embedded Web server: Click the Settings tab, click Device Services in the left pane, select Align Printer from the drop-down list in the Print Quality section, and then click Run Diagnostic.
– From the HP Software (Windows): Open the HP software that was included with the printer. Click Printer Actions, click Maintenance Tasks, and then click Align Printheads.
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How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One series – an Illustrated Tutorial in 9 Steps

HP Officejet Pro 8500A Wireless e-All-in-One (CM755A#B1H)

Make sure you purchase the right ink cartridges for your specific printer and printer region or have your old ones refilled. Cartridges are not compatible between different brands, and often not within the same brand. Unlike other inkjet manufacturers, HP often designs its inkjet hardware to use country-specific consumables. When you unbox a new HP inkjet printer and set it up, you install a set of ink tanks that ship with the printer. As you turn on the device and get ready to use it, an initialization sequence localizes it to the country associated with the ink cartridges you installed. HP recommends that you use original HP ink cartridges.

XL (Extra Large) cartridges cost more but do provide better value in the long run. They will be able to print at least double the pages of a regular cartridge. Our advice is that if you print often, go with XL. However, ink can dry up. So if you are not a frequent printer, go with the regular cartridges.

You can check the estimated ink levels from the printer software, Control-panel, or the embedded Web server. The icon below on the Control-panel displays a screen where you can see information about the ink cartridges, including fill levels. This icon has a red border when an ink cartridge needs attention. Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you receive a low-ink warning message, consider having a replacement cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not need to replace cartridges until prompted to do so.
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Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Officejet Pro 8500A Printer Series?

For your US HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One series you need HP 940 Black (XL) and HP 940 Cyan/Magenta/Yellow cartridges. There are also Combo Packs (4 cartridges in one pack) available, like the HP 940XL Black Ink Cartridge and HP 940 Colors Standard Yield Cartridges Four Color Combo Pack.

For your European and UK HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One series you need HP 940 Black and HP 940XL Cyan/Magenta/Yellow cartridges. There are also Combo Packs (4 cartridges in one pack) available, like the HP 940XL 4-pack High Yield Black/Cyan/Magenta/Yellow Original Ink Cartridges (C2N93AE).

Replace the cartridges

1. Press the power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.
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2. Load plain unused Letter or A4 white paper in the input tray.

Remove the old cartridge
3. Gently pull open the ink cartridge cover.
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4. Remove the ink cartridge that requires replacement by grasping it between your thumb and forefinger and pulling it firmly toward you.
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Insert a new cartridge
5. Remove the new ink cartridge from its package. Be careful to touch only the plastic on the cartridge. Do NOT touch the electrical contacts and ink port.
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6. Hold the cartridge by its sides with the nozzle toward the product, and then insert the cartridge into its color-coded slot.
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7. Press the cartridge forward into the slot until it snaps into place.
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8. If more than one cartridge is low on ink, repeat the steps to insert the other cartridges.
9. Close the ink cartridge cover.
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Align the printhead only if necessary.
The printer automatically aligns the printhead during the initial setup. You might want to use this feature when the printer status page shows streaking or white lines through any of the blocks of color or if you are having print quality issues with your printouts. You can align the printhead from the printer’s control panel, from the Toolbox (Windows) or HP Utility (OS X), and from the embedded web server (EWS).

– From the Control panel: Touch right arrow , touch Setup, touch Tools, and then select Align Printer.
– From the Embedded Web server: Click the Settings tab, click Device Services in the left pane, select Align Printer from the drop-down list in the Print Quality section, and then click Run Diagnostic.
– From the HP Software (Windows): Open the HP software that was included with the printer. Click Printer Actions, click Maintenance Tasks, and then click Align Printheads.
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How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Deskjet 6988 series Printer – an Illustrated Tutorial in 9 Steps

HP 6988 Deskjet Printer (CB055A#B1H)

Make sure you purchase the right ink cartridges for your specific printer and printer region or have your old ones refilled. Cartridges are not compatible between different brands, and often not within the same brand. Unlike other inkjet manufacturers, HP often designs its inkjet hardware to use country-specific consumables. When you unbox a new HP inkjet printer and set it up, you install a set of ink tanks that ship with the printer. As you turn on the device and get ready to use it, an initialization sequence localizes it to the country associated with the ink cartridges you installed.

HP recommends that you use original HP ink cartridges. XL (Extra Large) cartridges cost more but do provide better value in the long run. They will be able to print at least double the pages of a regular cartridge. However, (original) HP XL cartridges for the HP Deskjet 6988 series printer are NOT available.

You can check the estimated ink levels from the printer software or from the printer control panel. The icons below displays the estimated ink levels. The left status light represents the tri-color print cartridge, which is installed in the left side of the print cartridge cradle. The right status light represents the print cartridge that is installed in the compartment on the right side of the print cartridge cradle. That print cartridge can be the black print cartridge, the photo print cartridge, or the gray photo print cartridge. The lights are on and solid when the cartridge is low on ink. The lights flash when the cartridge needs to be serviced.
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To check the ink levels from HP printer software (Windows)
– Open the printer Toolbox.
– Click the Estimated Ink Levels tab.

Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you receive a low-ink warning message, consider having a replacement ink cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not have to replace the ink cartridges until the print quality is unacceptable. Use the ink-backup mode to operate the HP Deskjet 6988 with only one ink cartridge. The ink-backup mode is initiated when an ink cartridge is removed from the print cartridge cradle. Printing in ink-backup mode slows the printer and affects the quality of printouts. We do NOT recommend using the photo print cartridge or the gray photo print cartridge for ink-backup mode.

Print cartridge combinations
Four print cartridges can be used with the printer. For printing most documents, use the tri-color print cartridge and the black print cartridge. When printing quality color photos, use the photo print cartridge along with the tri-color print cartridge. For printing high-quality black-and-white photographs, use the gray photo print cartridge in conjunction with the tri-color print cartridge. Always install the tri-color print cartridge in the left side of the print cartridge cradle. Install the black, photo print cartridge, or the gray photo print cartridge in the right side of the print cartridge cradle.
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1. Black print cartridge
2. Tri-color print cartridge
3. Photo print cartridge
4. Gray photo print cartridge

Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Deskjet 6988 series Printer?

For your US HP Deskjet 6988 series Printer you need HP 96 Black AND HP 97 Tri-color cartridges.
For printing photos use HP 99 Photo Original cartridges.
For printing high-quality black-and-white photographs use HP 100 Gray Photo cartridges.
For your European or UK HP Deskjet 6988 series Printer you need HP 339 Black OR HP 337 Black AND HP 343 Tri-color OR HP 344 Tri-colorcartridges.
For printing photos use HP 348 Photo cartridges.
For printing high-quality black-and-white photographs use HP 100 Gray Photo cartridges.

Replace the cartridges

1. Press the power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.
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2. Load plain Letter or A4 white paper in the input tray.

Remove the old cartridge
3. Open the printer cover. Wait until the print cartridge cradle moves to the right side of the printer and is idle and silent before you continue.
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4. Press down lightly on top of the cartridge latch, pull out the bottom of the latch to unhook it and lift the print cartridge latch to the open position, then slide the print cartridge out of the print cartridge cradle.
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Insert a new cartridge
5. Remove the new cartridge from its package. Be careful to touch only the black plastic on the cartridge.
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6. Remove the plastic tape using the pull tab.
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Do NOT:
– Remove the copper electrical strip.
– Touch the copper-colored contacts or the ink nozzles.
– Replace the protective tape on the contacts.
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7. Hold the print cartridge so that the copper strips are on the bottom and facing toward the printer, and then slide the print cartridge into the cradle as shown. Always install the tri-color print cartridge (marked with a triangle) in the left side of the print cartridge cradle. Install the black, photo print cartridge, or the gray photo print cartridge (marked with a square or pentagon) in the right side of the print cartridge cradle.
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8. Push down on the print cartridge latch until it snaps closed.
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9. Close the printer cover. The printer automatically prints a calibration page.
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Align the cartridges
The printer automatically aligns the print cartridges after a new print cartridge is installed. You can also align the print cartridges at other times to ensure optimal print quality. To align print cartridges:
– Open the printer Toolbox.
– Click Align the Print Cartridges.
– Click Align, and then follow the onscreen instructions.