How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Photosmart 7260 series Printer – an Illustrated Tutorial in 10 Steps


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. 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.

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 Photosmart 7260 Printer 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 a photo print cartridge for ink-backup mode.

Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Photosmart 7260 Printer?

These print cartridges can be used with the printer:
l. black print cartridge
2. tri-color print cartridge
3. photo print cartridge

For your US, European and UK HP Photosmart 7260 Printer you need HP 56 Black OR HP 15 Black AND HP 57 Tri-color cartridges. There are also 2-Packs available, like the HP 56 / 57 Black and Tri-Color Original Value Pack Combo . You might also find Economy (Small) versions of the HP 56 and 57 cartridges. Check the price of HP 56 and HP 57 cartridges at .

Quality color photos: For more vibrant colors when printing color photographs or other special documents, remove the black print cartridge and install an HP 58 Photo Ink Cartridge.

Try Amazon's ink selector tool to find compatible ink cartridges for your printer.

Replace the ink cartridges

1. Press the power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.

2. Load plain unused Letter or A4 white paper in the input tray. Note: The photo cassette must NOT be installed when printing on paper loaded in the In tray.

Remove the old cartridge
3. Open the printer top cover. Wait until the print cartridge is idle and silent before you continue.

4. Lightly press down on one of the old cartridges to release it, and then pull the cartridge toward you out of its slot. Set it aside for recycling. Remove the cartridge from the slot on the left to replace the tri-color cartridge. Remove the cartridge from the slot on the right to replace the black OR photo cartridge.

Insert the new cartridge
5. Remove the new cartridge from its package. Be careful to touch only the black plastic on the cartridge.

6. Carefully remove the plastic tape using the pink pull tab.

– Remove the copper electrical strip.
– Touch the copper-colored contacts or the ink nozzles.
– Replace the protective tape on the contacts.
do not touch contacts

7. Hold the cartridge by its sides with the label on top and the nozzles toward the printer, and then insert the cartridge into its slot at a slight upward angle. The tri-color cartridge goes in the slot on the left, and the black OR photo cartridge goes in the slot on the right. Push the ink cartridge forward into its slot until it snaps into place.

8. Repeat step 4 to 7 to replace the other cartridge, if necessary.

9. Close the top cover.

Calibrate cartridges
10. To ensure high-quality prints, each time you install or replace one or both of the print cartridges, calibrate the cartridges to check that they are properly aligned. You can calibrate the print cartridges using a Windows PC or a Macintosh computer. To calibrate the print cartridges using your Windows PC:
– From the Devices Services tab on the HP Photosmart Series Toolbox, click Calibrate the Device. The Align the Print Cartridges screen appears.
– Click Calibrate. Your printer will print a calibration page with seven sets of alignment patterns. The Align the Print Cartridges screen reappears asking you to review the alignment patterns and select the best alignment and color calibration for your printer.
– Follow the onscreen instructions, and use the ◄ or ► buttons to make your selections. Determine the appropriate selections from the printed page.
– Click Continue. Your printer prints a second page, and the Align the Print Cartridges screen reappears.
– Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the print cartridge calibration.

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