After installing a printer, it's helpful to print a test page.
A test page does two things: It provides visual confirmation that your printer works; it can also contain useful troubleshooting information, such as details about the printer driver.
If the test page fails, check the manufacturer's instruction booklet or website for detailed troubleshooting steps. Only the company that made your printer can provide specific problem-solving information about it. Also see Why can't I print?
Open Devices and Printers by clicking the Start button , and then, on the Start menu, clicking Devices and Printers.
Right-click a printer, and then click Printer properties.
On the General tab, click Print Test Page.
You can print a test page to check if a printer is printing graphics and text correctly. A test page also displays information, such as the printer name, model, and driver software version, that can help you troubleshoot printer problems.
Open Printers by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then clicking Printers.
Right-click the printer that you want to test, and then click Properties.
On the General tab in the Printer Properties dialog box, click Print Test Page.
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