This tip is for those times when you are about to print out a copy of that report you need for your big meeting tomorrow and you realize you are almost out of ink.
We’ve all had those times when we’ve stayed up late working on a presentation or an important report, assuming we will be able to print it out without any issues. As you put the finishing touches on your document, you relax a bit knowing that once you hit print you’ll be able to grab a couple hours of sleep before your big meeting. Then in the next instant, it all goes wrong – the low ink warning pops up on your computer and there are streaks all through your pie charts.
Don’t freak out, grab a hair dryer.
Take the cartridge out of your printer. Use the hair dryer to blow warm air over the area where the ink comes out.
While the cartridge is still warm, put it back into your printer and try printing your document again.
The heat from the hair dryer warms the remaining ink in the cartridge which helps it flow through the tiny nozzles. You’re probably not going to get more than a few more pages to print, and this tip won’t work if the cartridge is bone dry – but it may be enough to get you through your meeting before contacting PMI for more ink.
I haven’t tried this yet myself, but in researching this post I found plenty of anecdotal evidence that it works. Have you tried it? Did it avert a printing catastrophe? I would love to hear about it in the comments section.
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