Why Is My Printer Printing Blank Pages

Why is My Printer Printing Blank Pages?

There are several reasons that we assume to be responsible for printing blank pages. Undoubtedly, it is annoying and frustrating if you encounter your printer printing blank pages since it costs you precious time.

Well, here we are listing down some probable causes of the relevant issue;

  • If your printer possesses clogged nozzles, that might result in printing blank pages.
  • Empty ink cartridges can also make your printer print blank pages abruptly.
  • Sometimes, your printer does not appreciate the incorrect paper size and results in printing blank pages.
  • If the printer’s software starts to malfunction due to unknown reasons, it might be relevant.
  • If your printer has got improperly installed printer drivers, you might encounter the issue.
  • Cartridge installation issues may also result in printing blank pages.

There are other minor causes that a user might not be able to appreciate. Therefore before we talk about the fixes of the problem, please make sure that you check a few important things, which we will discuss later in the article.

Steps to Fix a Printer that Prints Blank Pages

Method 1: Restart your Printer

The first thing to try would be to simply reset your printer and this can help resolve the issue with most printers. Reset your printer using these steps:

  • Press your printer’s Power button and wait for the device to shut down entirely.
  • Disconnect the Power cord from the electrical outlet. Wait for about 3 minutes and then reconnect the Power cord back into the outlet.
  • Push its Power button to turn on the device. Conduct a test print and see if printouts are back to normal.

Method 2: Resolve Ink / Toner Cartridges Problems

If the problem is with ink cartridges, the printer won’t print normal prints. In such a case, check the ink level to confirm if there’s enough ink in the device. If there’s no ink left, you must insert new cartridges. You can also remove the current ink cartridges and check if they are damaged. For any damaged cartridges found, replace them with a new one. Also, make sure that the cartridges are placed in the correct way. If not, then remove the in tanks and place them back correctly. Make sure to check the cartridge sits perfectly in the space.

Method 3: Unclog the Print Head by Manual Cleaning

You can try the manual method when the automatic cleaning fails. Since there are two types of print heads – one is fixed at the cartridge and the other is removable. Here’s how:

  • Pull out the Ink Cartridge holder and remove each Ink Cartridge unit from its area.
  • Now, slowly separate the print head from the holder.
  • Clean any blocked print head and erase any dried ink using a clean cloth free of lint and soaked in water.
  • Continue to clean the nozzle area and make sure there’s no more black ink left on the fabric.
  • Soak the printhead in a bowl with warm water for 10 minutes. Avoid using boiled water.
  • Next, spread a clean paper towel and place the print head above it as it soaks.
  • Remove the print head from the bowl, and clean any traces of water and moisture with the help of a dry lint-free cloth.

Next, keep the printhead over a paper towel and let it air-dry for around 15 minutes.
Now, install the print head again into the carriage/holder once it’s completely dry.

  • Now, double-check the nozzle to make sure that the print head is clean and dry before you start printing.

Method 4: Set Skip Blank Page in Printer Settings

You can either use the Print Preview option to check if any blank pages are going for print and delete them accordingly, or set the Skip Blank Page option in your printer settings. Let’s see how:

  • Press the Win + I keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open the Settings app.
  • In the Settings window, click on Bluetooth & devices on the left side of the pane.
why is my printer printing blank pages
  • Now, go to the right side of the pane and click on Printers & scanners.
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  • Next, on the right side, select your default printer.
  • Next, in the Printer settings section on the right side, scroll down a bit and select Printing preferences.
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  • Then in the Printing preferences window, under the Layout tab, check the box next to Skip Blank Pages option.
  • Press OK to save the changes and exit.

Method 5: Run the Windows Printer Troubleshooter

Be it any brand of printer (HP, Epson, or Canon), you must try the Windows Printer Troubleshooter to check if it helps fix the issue. Let’s see how:

  • Press the Windows + I keys at the same time to open the Settings application.
  • Choose Update & Security and click the Troubleshoot section.
  • Then, select Printer and click the Run the troubleshooter button.
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  • If you have multiple printers connected to your computer, all the detected printers will be listed. You need to choose the printer that has the issue and click the Next button.
  • This tool will start detecting problems with the selected printer. If any issues are detected. Then, try starting your printing task again.

Method 6: Update the Printer Driver

Sometimes, the issue could also arise due to outdated drivers, and hence, updating the printer driver may help fix the printer printing blank pages issue. Follow the below instructions to potentially resolve the issue:

  • Press the Win + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run command window.
  • In the search bar, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open the Device Manager window.
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  • In the Device Manager window, go to Print queues and expand the section.
  • Right-click on your printer and select Update driver.
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  • In the Update Drivers window, click on Search automatically for drivers.
  • Windows will now start detecting any available driver updates.
  • If any is available, it will automatically update the printer driver to the latest version.
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Now, close the device manager window and restart your PC to check if the issue has been resolved.

Method 7: Configure Printer Spooler service

Sometimes the issue could arise due to damaged or missing print spooler files. Follow the below steps to restore your print spooler files and check if that help fixes the issue:

  • Right-click on Start and select Run from the menu.
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  • Here, type services.msc in the search field and press OK to open the Service Manager window.
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  • In the Services window, navigate to the right side, and under the Name column, look for the Print Spooler service.
  • Double-click on it to open its Properties window.
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  • Print Spooler Properties dialogue box, under the General tab, go to the Service status section and click on Stop.
  • Press Apply and then OK to save the changes.
why is my printer printing blank pages
  • Now, press the Win + E shortcut keys on your keyboard to open the File Explorer.
  • In the File Explorer window, navigate to the below path:

C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS

  • Now, in the Printers folder, select all files and folder and hit Delete.
why is my printer printing blank pages
  • Now, follow Steps 1 through 3 to open the Print Spooler Properties dialogue box in the Service Manager.
  • Here, under the General tab, go to the Service status section and click on Start. Now, check if the Startup type is set to Automatic.
  • Press Apply and then OK to save the changes and exit.

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Hey, I am Kashish Trikotiya, a senior PHP developer with extensive server-side web development knowledge. Well-versed in Front-End development. Led company-wide integration with third-party APIs.

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