Why Is My Canon Printer Not Printing Properly

Why Is My Canon Printer Not Printing Properly

Canon printers are one of the top notch devices when it comes to printing but being a technical device, a few technical glitches might come up in day to day usage. The first and foremost thing you should know about fixing the problem is to identify what is causing it. Here are some causes that might be resulting in the printer not printing :

  1. A number of printing tasks are arranged in a printing queue.
  2. Paper might be stuck and hence jamming might occur.
  3. The Canon printer driver is not updated.
  4. Size of the paper is not in correspondence with the printer.
  5. Network connection might not be secured.
  6. The Canon printer is not compatible with the current software that you are using.
  7. Clogged or dusty printer heads.

If you are able to identify one of the causes, refer to the next section to fix it.

TROUBLESHOOTING STEPS FOR CANON PRINTER NOT PRINTING ISSUE

1.Set canon as default printer

  • Click on the windows button on your device and launch the control panel.
  • Select the “Devices and Printers” option.
  • Now, check if your canon printer is set as the default printer from the list.
  • If not, right-click on the printer named “Canon Printer” and select it as the default printer.
  • After completing the procedure, check if the canon printer has a green check displayed next to it.

2. Check Wi-Fi status

  •  First of all, make sure that your printer is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Now check if the network status is marked as offline.
  • If yes, then launch the control panel and click on the “Devices and Printers” option.
  • Find your canon printer on the screen and then right click on it.
  • Now, select the “See what’s Printing” option.
  • From the drop-down menu, make sure that the “Use Printer Offline” is not selected.
  • If it is selected, unselect it.

3. Delete Print jobs from the print queue

If the printer is flooded with a lot of print jobs, it might stop printing. To fix this issue, follow the given steps:

  • Launch the control panel.
  • Open the run pad and type “services.msc” and press enter.
  • From the services window, scroll down and look for the “Print Spooler” option.
  • Then click on “Stop”.
  • After stopping the print Spooler service, launch the run pad again.
  • Type “Spool” and hit the enter key.
  • Next, open the “Printers” folder and delete all the files.
  • Close the spool folder after deleting and return to the services window.
  • In the end, right click on the print Spooler program and click on the “Start” button.
  • After doing the above procedure, try printing to see if the printer is fixed.

4. Update your printer drivers.

You can update your drivers using the following process :

  • Launch the “Run pad”.
  • Search for “devmgmt.msc” and click enter.
  • This opens the “Device Management” windows. Navigate the “Printing or Print” category and click on it.
  • Now, right click on the canon printer and choose the “Update Driver” from the drop down menu.
  • Select “Check for automatically updated driver program” and continue.
  • Now comply with the instructions to install and update your drivers.

5. Temporarily disable Firewall.

  • Click on the “Windows button” and search for “Windows Defender Firewall”.
  • Click on the “Turn windows defender firewall on or off” option.
  • Now, disable the Windows defender firewall on both public and private networks.
  • Click on “OK” to confirm.

6. Check print Spooler status

  • Launch the control panel on your device.
  • Open the run pad and type “services.msc” and click on enter.
  • Scroll down and look for the printer Spooler option.
  • From that, click on the “Properties” section.
  • Look for the “General” tab and select the “Service status”.
  • Search for the “Stop” option and then press “OK”.
  • Set the Startup type of the Spooler to “Automatic”.
  • After following the above steps, restart your printer and check if the issue is fixed.

CANON PRINTER NOT PRINTING BLACK COLOR ISSUE

If your Canon printer is unable to print black color, most likely the reason is the print head nozzle clogging which prevents it from releasing black ink partially or completely. Clogging may occur if you do not use your printer frequently which causes the ink to dry up and collect in the nozzles. Another reason might be the depletion of black ink in the printer. Some of the reasons are listed below:

  • A large number of printing tasks are stuck in a queue.
  • Printer nozzle is clogged.
  • Some paper or any unwanted material is stuck in the tray.
  • Power supplied to the printer might be fluctuating causing the improper functioning of the printer.
  • Printer is experiencing frequent disconnections with the wiFi network.
  • Printer drivers are not updated.
  • All shared networks are unable to view the printer’s specified range.
  • Network jamming due to connection of too many printers at the same time.
  • Passwords configuration is incorrect.
  • Cartridge vents are faulty in nature.

If you can identify with one of these causes, try fixing it with the following methods:

1. Update Outdated Printer Driver

You can update your drivers using the following method:

  • Open the “Run pad” by clicking on the “Windows” button.
  • Search for “devmgmt.msc”.
  • This takes you to the “Device Management” windows. Search for the “Printing or Print” category and select it.
  • After that, right click on the canon printer and choose the “Update Driver” from the list.
  • Select “Check for automatically updated driver program” and continue.
  • Now comply with the instructions to install and update your drivers.

2. Clean the Print Head

Follow the given steps to clean the printhead on your canon printer :

  • First and foremost step is to plug your printer in the power supply and switch it on.
  • Ensure that you have at least five A4 sheets in the paper tray.
  • Now, open the output tray and output tray layout.
  • After that, select the installation option to start the cleaning process.
  • From the toolbox, go to the “Maintenance” menu and click OK.
  • Now search for the “Deep Cleaning” option from the maintenance menu and select OK.
  • This enables your printer to start the cleaning process.
  • Once the process is completed, restart the printer and check if the issue is resolved.

3. Use Genuine Cartridges

Using the ink cartridges other than the original ones, may cause the canon printer to not print black color. Any other cartridge other than the original one might not be detected by the printer and hence lead to failure in printing black color. If you are using original ink cartridges and the printer is still not printing, make sure that the cartridges are aligned properly. You can do that by the following process:

  • First of all, plug in your printer and turn it on.
  • After that, search for the install menu and open the list.
  • From this list, select the tool and select “Adjust Printer”.
  • This makes the printer print a perfectly aligned page.

WHY IS MY CANON PRINTER NOT WORKING ?

Some users might encounter a printer not responding error, wherein the printer isn’t responsive and displays “printer not responding” error when an attempt to print something is made. If you are encountering the same problem, refer to the next section for fixing it.

HOW TO FIX PRINTER NOT WORKING ?

If your printer is not working here are some ways to fix it:

1. Basic troubleshooting :

  • Check the network connection along with all the devices like modem and router.
  • Check if the network is connected to your printer by viewing the network connection status.
  • Reconnect your network cable if you are using a wired connection.

2. Run the printer troubleshooting:

  • Launch your run pad and search for the “Troubleshoot” option.
  • Open the troubleshooter and follow the on screen instructions to complete the process.

3. Restart the printer spooler service:

  • Launch the control panel on your device.
  • Open the run pad and type “services.msc” and click on enter.
  • Click on the “Print Spooler” option and then select the “Restart”option.

4. Configure the correct printer port for your printer:

  • Launch the run pad and type “control”.
  • Under view by menu, select “Large Icons”.
  • Click on “Devices and Printers” and then right click on your printer to open its properties.
  • Click on the Port tab and check the criterias and then click on Apply.
  • Click on the “General” tab and then click on “Print Test Page”.

5. Update your printer drivers:

  • Launch the “Run pad” by clicking on the “Windows” button.
  • Search for “devmgmt.msc”.
  • Go to the “Device Management” windows. Search for the “Printing or Print” category and select it.
  • Now, right click on the canon printer and choose the “Update Driver” from the list.
  • Select “Check for automatically updated driver program” and continue.
  • Now follow the instructions to install and update your drivers.

WHY IS MY CANON PRINTER CONNECTED BUT NOT PRINTING?

If your canon printer is connected but still not printing, this might be due to one of the following reasons:

  • Too many print jobs are stuck in a queue.
  • Paper jamming or clogged nozzles.
  • Printer driver is outdated.
  • Different size of printer paper
  • Network not accessible.

FAQ

1. Why is the canon printer not printing color ink after refill?

If you have made sure that the printer is not out of ink and still not printing, the reason might be clogged printheads. Try cleaning the printheads and the printer nozzle to make sure the ink is delivered properly.

2. What to do if your canon printer won’t print anything ?

If your canon printer is not printing anything, try following the given steps to fix it:

  • Perform a hard reset on the printer.
  • Unplug the power supply and switch OFF the printer.
  • Unplug all the cables and USB devices from the printer.
  • After at least 5 minutes, plug the printer in a power outlet.
  • Reconnect all the USB devices and cables.
  • Do a printing test and check if the printer responds.

3. How do you know if the printer is out of ink?

If your printouts start looking washed or faded, it might be an indication that your printer is running out of ink. You can also check for an error message on your device if the printer runs out of ink.

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