To do a nozzle check, which is very important for the health of your printer, you will first need to locate your Epson Printer Utility:
- Mac OS x 10.6/10.7: In the Apple menu or hte Dock, select System Preferences. Select Print & Fax or Print & Scan, select your product, and select Options & Supplies. Select Utility and select Open Printer Utility.
- Mac OS x 10.6/10.7: In the Apple menu or hte Dock, select System Preferences. Select Print & Fax or Print & Scan, select your product, and select Open Print Queue or Print Queue. Select Utility.
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