Technology can be beautiful when all the systems work fine. However, when hardware or software fails to perform, lags are expensive and annoying. Here are the top three printing issues and quick-fix aids to solve them. For other problems, you can look up to best Edmonton computer repair.

Problem: Printing takes too long

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Nothing is worse than completing a task only to be stuck at the time of printing. A memory issue, selection of drivers or a high-resolution setting could cause slow printing.


High-resolution pictures consume excessive data for the computer and printer to process, which can cause slow printing. If you are not looking for the best quality, select draft, standard or normal mode for office documents. For formal pieces or presentations, change the setting back to high quality. If developing big files with complicated pictures, a part of the everyday workflow, think about adding memory to keep your printer working normally.

Change from two-sided to unidirectional setup. More paper would be required, but one-sided printing takes a lesser duration.

The driver on the computer, too, can ascertain speed result. High-end laser and even some inkjet printers come with a choice of drivers including the manufacturer’s host-based driver PostScript or PCL. Commonly, PCL is best for faster office printing, and PostScript is better for graphics-intensive applications and industries.

Problem: Paper jams

Paper jams are the Mother of All Printing Nightmares.


The User Guide or control panel instructions ought to walk you through this quickly enough. Some printers provide video assistance and lighted interiors to make jam clearance a cakewalk. Begin by probing the paper route and remove any jammed material, be attentive while taking out a stuck paper; it must be done straight without tearing the paper. If the document is caught between rollers, use the instructions on steps to remove the distress.

If it is the case of the misaligned paper causing the jam, draw the tray out and make sure the paper is positioned correctly and reset the tray. Occasionally you might discover no misfed sheet, in which case you will have to remove the paper stack, check to see if it is adequately squared, and insert it back in the tray.

You should always ensure your printer supports the type of paper being printed. Still, store your paper in a dry place to avoid moisture.

Problem: The printer is not printing

Inability to print anything is yet another printing problem.


The primary step is to ensure that you sent the print order to the correct printer. To make the leading printer your default, click navigate to Printers and Faxes on Windows. Then right-click the mouse on the printer icon and choose the individual printer as a default printer.

Ensure that the printer is on and all the wires are attached. The USB- and network-connected computers both require the print driver to be installed on the computer from which the printing is done. Print drivers, having a two-way communication mode can inform you of the reason for the issue through a desktop or driver notifications, without making a trip to the printer.

Finally, if your printer will not print or your print job seems stuck in the queue, the most natural remedy is restarting the printer. Start by restarting the software application. Restart the computer, if that does not click — lastly, power off the printer for a few minutes before switching it back on.