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.

        Note:
        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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