Are you experiencing any of these problems when printing paper or cards smaller than 8 1/2 x 11?
- Text is printing off-center
- Text is cut off
- Card is not being pulled into the printer at all
The following printing tip may solve these problems!
Have you properly positioned the paper in the printer’s paper tray?
Everyone knows how to load 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper into their printer, but where do you place smaller paper, like invitation cards? How should a 6 1/4 square card, for example, be loaded in your printer’s paper input tray?
The plastic, moveable paper guide in the paper tray is the key.
Some printers have 1 sliding guide and some printers have 2 that work in tandem. It is important to identify the guide format in your printer’s tray and load the paper correctly as shown below. Otherwise, the card will not be in the correct position and the printer rollers may be unable to feed the card into the printer. If the printer does feed the card in, it will not be able to print text in the proper area of the card.
Correct positioning gives your printer the opportunity to feed the paper in to the paper path. It also sets the proper print alignment.
Printers with 1 Plastic Guide:
Right Align the Paper
Generally, paper is loaded flush against the right edge of the tray. The moveable guide slides from left to right to rest flush against the left edge of the paper.
Printers with 2 Plastic Guides:
Center the Paper
The paper is placed in the center of the tray and the guides are adjusted inward so that they rest flush against the edges of the paper.
We want to help.
Do you have any questions about where to place your paper in your printer’s feed tray? We’ll be happy to help if we can.
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- What is the appropriate paper thickness for my printer?
- Should I adjust Paper Type in my print driver to print specialty paper?
- Paper jam? Are you printing from the correct paper tray?
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