To perform a nozzle check, you will first want to access your Windows Print Queue:
- Windows 8 & 10: Click on your Windows Icon to go to your list of apps. From there, begin typing in "Devices and Printers," to pull up your printer queue. You do not have to have your search bar selected, you may simply begin typing.
- Windows 7: Click your Start Menu icon and select Devices and Printers.
- Windows Vista: Click your Start Menu icon, select Control Panel, and click Printers under Hardware and Sound.
- Windows XP: Click your Start Menu Icon and select Printers and Faxes. (Alternatively, open your Control Panel, select Printers and Other Hardware, and Printers and Faxes.)
From that menu, right click on your product name, and then select Printing Preferences from the menu that appears. Next, select Test Print or Nozzle Check. You should get a pop up that looks like this:
You will want to make sure you have a few sheets of plain paper in your printer at this point. What you should see is the following:
Notice that the lines are solid and unbroken, and there are no missing sections. If you are getting blurred or streaked prints, or if you are getting lines on your prints, what you may see instead is something like this:
If your nozzle check has broken lines or missing sections, you will want to proceed with cleaning the print head. You do not want to do more than 3 head cleanings, as the ink usage would become wasteful at that point.
See the attached PDF.