Printer prints blank pages

Inkjet printers as well as laser printers usually perform their printing services very reliably. However, it is quite possible that the printer only prints blank pages . There are several reasons for this phenomenon . In the following, we would like to provide you with the information you need if your printer prints blank pages and the printouts cannot be used in this form. This can always be seen when the printer paper is outputted empty .

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Inkjet printer prints blank pages

If your inkjet printer suddenly ejects blank pages , the first step should be to check the ink level of your printer cartridges . You can determine how much ink is still in the ink tank via the display on the printer as well as via the printer software. Empty printer cartridges are the main cause of the output of faint or even blank printed pages. Replace the used ink cartridge, and then print a test page .

Please note that some inkjet printers or multifunction devices print blank pages if only a single printer cartridge is used up. This is actually logical. For example, if there is no black ink , documents cannot of course be printed in black and white. When printing in color, the pages may be printed with the missing ink .

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Printer prints blank pages even though the test page works

In some cases, you can easily print out a test page . However, the subsequent print page is no longer displayed. A printer also prints blank pages even though the printer cartridges are still full . In this case, take all printer cartridges out of the printer and place them on a clean paper towel. With another paper towel, carefully wipe over the ink outlet or over the print nozzles of the corresponding printheads. If there is no color change on the paper, the print nozzles are probably clogged .

In the case of combined printer cartridges with print nozzles, you should replace them with new ones. For the remaining printer cartridges, you need to take a closer look at the actual printhead of the printer . You can try to soften the stubborn incrustations on the pressure nozzles with cleaning alcohol or lukewarm water and a cotton swab . These cleaning measures often lead to success and the nozzles become permeable again.

After you have reinserted the printer cartridges and printheads in your inkjet printer, please do another cleaning of the print nozzles or the print head . As a rule, you have to carry out this type of cleaning several times in a row . After that, the chances are good that you will be able to return to normal printing. It is important to note that a small amount of ink is used every time you clean the printhead . The print range may therefore be slightly reduced. After that, even after a printed test page, the remaining printouts should be made without any problems.

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Just turn your printer off and then on again

Printer malfunctions and also the printing of blank pages can possibly be resolved by switching off your printer and only switching it on again after about 10 to 20 seconds. You should then be able to print again as usual. If the printer continues to eject blank pages after that, there may also be a fatal printer error.

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Inexpensive non-name printer cartridges can cause problems

As many independent testers have found, printer problems often arise when using inexpensive non-name printer cartridges . Some of these are not recognized by the inkjet printer. This then regards the cartridge as empty and only pushes out a white print page. Sometimes the small chips in the cheap cartridges also cause difficulties.

You should therefore only use high-quality printer cartridges , which you can, for example, order here at Copiac at low prices . These printer cartridges are precisely aligned with your inkjet printer and do not cause any problems .

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A driver problem also leads to the output of blank printed pages

If the problem is not with the consumables, an outdated printer driver or the printer software itself may be responsible if the printer only prints blank pages. It is therefore important that you always download and install the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s website for your printer .

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Laser printer prints blank pages

Not only inkjet printers can print blank pages, but laser printers too, of course. In this case, the following problems can arise:

  • the toner has run out
  • the imaging drumis dirty
  • the imaging drum is exhausted
  • the fuseris defective
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When the toner cartridge is empty

A laser printer ejects blank pages when not enough toner can be transferred to the paper via the transfer unit and the fusing unit. At first, the printout will only be faint if the toner is low. After that, only blank pages are output . You should therefore change the used toner cartridges in good time .

You can find them here at fair prices at Copiac. Before you change it, you should shake the toner cartridge vigorously . In this way, the residual toner in the container will also dissolve. Clumping is thus avoided. You can then continue to print reliably for a certain period of time.

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Imaging drum problems

If the image drum is very dirty , it can no longer produce the desired print image. As a result, either a white or a dirty print page is ultimately output. It should be noted that image drums will lose their performance over time. It can then no longer be properly electrostatically charged . Drums are one of the spare parts that need to be replaced regularly . A damaged or worn drum will result in blank printed pages as well . In this case, you have no choice but to get a new drum .

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The fuser unit is defective

The fusing unit consists of two rubberized rollers or silicone rollers . One of them is provided with a heating element . When the powdered printer paper passes through the fuser, the fine toner particles melt and permanently bond with the paper. It may well be the case that the heating coil of the fusing unit no longer delivers sufficient power . In this case, the toner will not be fused to the paper. This can sometimes result in blank pages being output. Therefore, you need to replace the fuser unit .

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Word only prints blank pages

The word processor Word also produces partly empty print pages. In this case, however, it is not a printer problem, but a setting in Word . Even if the print image is displayed correctly in the print preview, it does not have to be printed out correctly. Follow these steps:

  • Open the document you want to print
  • Go to the File menu and then to Options
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • In the lower area you will find the item Print form data only
  • You have to deactivate this point


After that, your document should be printed out properly again. Also be within a Word document blank pages printed sometimes. This is a setting error . Either there is a page break at the end of the last printed page or you have manually inserted a blank page into your document. Switch your document view so that the control symbols also appear on the screen. This is how possible insertion characters stand out best. You can easily delete page breaks . But a blank page can also be removed from a document.

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PDF page is printed blank

When you print out a PDF document, the printer may occasionally print blank pages . Look at all of the pages carefully before printing. In some PDFs, the creator of these documents inadvertently integrated blank pages. These do not contain any information that is important for you . With single-sided printing, you can remove the blank pages later. It becomes difficult with double-sided printing , since blank pages are annoying here.

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It is not always easy to print out information from websites 1: 1. The Internet browser used plays an important role here. For example, if there are photos and other graphics on the web pages, they will not be printed out correctly. Some of these shift to the next page or the one after that. As a result, you will then receive blank printed pages . Check the print and page settings of your browser:

  • Go to the print setting of the internet browser
  • Set the scaling on page size to reduced
  • Print in portrait orientation
  • For more options, see the Page Setup menu
  • If necessary, change the header and footer as well as the margins
  • Make sure the correct printer is selected


The print preview is usually a good way of assessing how the future website will be printed out on your printer.

 

If the problem is not with the consumables, an outdated printer driver or the printer software itself may be responsible if the printer only prints blank pages. It is therefore important that you always download and install the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s website for your printer .

Laser printer prints blank pages

Not only inkjet printers can print blank pages, but laser printers too, of course. In this case, the following problems can arise:

  • the toner has run out
  • the imaging drumis dirty
  • the imaging drum is exhausted
  • the fuseris defective

When the toner cartridge is empty

A laser printer ejects blank pages when not enough toner can be transferred to the paper via the transfer unit and the fusing unit. At first, the printout will only be faint if the toner is low. After that, only blank pages are output . You should therefore change the used toner cartridges in good time .

You can find them here at fair prices at Copiac. Before you change it, you should shake the toner cartridge vigorously . In this way, the residual toner in the container will also dissolve. Clumping is thus avoided. You can then continue to print reliably for a certain period of time.

Imaging drum problems

If the image drum is very dirty , it can no longer produce the desired print image. As a result, either a white or a dirty print page is ultimately output. It should be noted that image drums will lose their performance over time. It can then no longer be properly electrostatically charged . Drums are one of the spare parts that need to be replaced regularly . A damaged or worn drum will result in blank printed pages as well . In this case, you have no choice but to get a new drum .

The fuser unit is defective

The fusing unit consists of two rubberized rollers or silicone rollers . One of them is provided with a heating element . When the powdered printer paper passes through the fuser, the fine toner particles melt and permanently bond with the paper. It may well be the case that the heating coil of the fusing unit no longer delivers sufficient power . In this case, the toner will not be fused to the paper. This can sometimes result in blank pages being output. Therefore, you need to replace the fuser unit .

Word only prints blank pages

The word processor Word also produces partly empty print pages. In this case, however, it is not a printer problem, but a setting in Word . Even if the print image is displayed correctly in the print preview, it does not have to be printed out correctly. Follow these steps:

  • Open the document you want to print
  • Go to the File menu and then to Options
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • In the lower area you will find the item Print form data only
  • You have to deactivate this point


After that, your document should be printed out properly again. Also be within a Word document blank pages printed sometimes. This is a setting error . Either there is a page break at the end of the last printed page or you have manually inserted a blank page into your document. Switch your document view so that the control symbols also appear on the screen. This is how possible insertion characters stand out best. You can easily delete page breaks . But a blank page can also be removed from a document.

PDF page is printed blank

When you print out a PDF document, the printer may occasionally print blank pages . Look at all of the pages carefully before printing. In some PDFs, the creator of these documents inadvertently integrated blank pages. These do not contain any information that is important for you . With single-sided printing, you can remove the blank pages later. It becomes difficult with double-sided printing , since blank pages are annoying here.

Print blank pages from the Internet

It is not always easy to print out information from websites 1: 1. The Internet browser used plays an important role here. For example, if there are photos and other graphics on the web pages, they will not be printed out correctly. Some of these shift to the next page or the one after that. As a result, you will then receive blank printed pages . Check the print and page settings of your browser:

  • Go to the print setting of the internet browser
  • Set the scaling on page size to reduced
  • Print in portrait orientation
  • For more options, see the Page Setup menu
  • If necessary, change the header and footer as well as the margins
  • Make sure the correct printer is selected


The print preview is usually a good way of assessing how the future website will be printed out on your printer.

 

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