Printing is slow. What should I do?

  • Try the following:
    • Clear space on your hard drive or run a defragmentation utility.
    • Close programs that you're not using.
    • Increase your system's memory.
    • In Windows 7, close the Devices and Printers window before you print.
    • If the product is connected directly to your computer with a USB cable, try to connect it to a High-Speed USB 2.0 port on your computer.
    • If the product is connected to your network with an Ethernet cable, try to use a computer and router (or hub or switch) with 100Base-T ports.
    • If you installed the product as a wireless printer, your wireless router and/or laptop must conform to the 802.11n standard. Earlier standards (802.11a/b/g) are not supported.
    • If the product is connected wirelessly to a network and the signal strength is low, try moving the product and your wireless router or access point closer together. Also avoid placing the product next to a microwave oven, 2.4 GHz cordless phone, or large metal object (such as a filing cabinet).
    • If the product is connected to a USB hub, disconnect unused USB devices.
    • Try adjusting the following settings in the Windows or Mac OS X printer driver:
      • Print Quality (Windows) or Output Resolution (Mac OS X): Selecting a lower quality setting will increase print speeds. Select the lowest quality setting that still produces acceptable print quality.
      • High Speed: Try turning this setting on.

        To access this setting in Windows, select Quality Options for the Print Quality setting.

        This setting controls whether the print head prints in both directions (bi-directional) or in one direction (uni-directional, from right to left). Turning this setting on to print in both directions increases print speed but may decrease print quality.
      • In Windows, click the Utility tab, then click Speed and Progress to access additional print speed settings.
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