Replacing Print Cartridges
This document provides steps to replace print cartridges.
Video of replacing print cartridges
The following video demonstrates the steps for replacing the cartridges. The product shown in the video is the HP Photosmart C4280. The outside of the product might look different, but the steps are similar for your product.
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Replacing print cartridges
Follow these steps to replace print cartridges.
To purchase cartridges or check cartridge compatibility for your printer, go to
HP Home & Home Office Store
(US only), and then click
Ink Toner & Paper
If you are located outside of the US, follow these steps to purchase cartridges using HP SureSupply.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and make sure that the country or region location is correct.
Step one: Replace the old print cartridge
Turn the product on.
Make sure to have letter or A4 unused plain white paper loaded in the input tray.
Open the print cartridge door.
Make sure the print
carriage moves to the right. If it does not move to the
right, turn the product off and turn it back on again.
: Opening the print cartridge door
If the product is off when the print cartridge door is opened for access to the print cartridges, the product will not release the cartridges for
changing. The product can be damaged if the print cartridges are not
docked safely before removal.
Wait until the print carriage is idle and silent, and then lightly press down on a print
cartridge to release it.
When replacing the tri-color print cartridge, remove the print cartridge from the
slot on the left.
When replacing the black or photo print cartridge, remove the print cartridge from
the slot on the right.
: Pressing down on a print
cartridge to release it
Print cartridge slot for the tri-color print cartridge
Print cartridge slot for the black and photo print cartridges
Pull the print cartridge toward you out of its slot.
When removing the black print cartridge in order to install the photo print cartridge,
store the black print cartridge in the print cartridge protector or an airtight plastic
Remove the new print cartridge from its packaging.
the black plastic, and gently remove the plastic tape by using the pink pull tab.
: Removing the tape
Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or
reattach the tape.
Hold the cartridge with the HP logo on top.
Gently push the upper
part of the print cartridge forward until it clicks into the socket.
: Pushing the cartridge in firmly
When installing the print cartridge, do not rest your hand on top of the product for leverage. This might cause the carriage to lift out of position.
: Do not grasp the top of the product for leverage
When installing the tri-color ink cartridge, slide it into the left slot.
When installing a black, photo, or gray photo ink cartridge, slide it into the right
: Tri-color cartridge in the left cartridge slot and black cartridge in the right cartridge slot
Close the print cartridge door.
Step two: Align the new print cartridge
When a new cartridge is installed, the product aligns the cartridge. Align the cartridges at any other time by using the software installed with the product. Aligning the cartridges ensures high-quality output.
If a cartridge is removed and reinserted, the product will
not prompt for an alignment. The product memory retains the
alignment values for that cartridge.
Follow these steps to align newly installed cartridges.
When prompted, make sure that plain, white letter or A4 paper is loaded in the input tray, and then
press the button next to
. The alignment page prints.
Lift the lid. Place the top of the alignment page face-down on the front, right corner of the scanner glass.
: Placing the alignment page
Close the lid.
Press the button next to
button stops flashing, the alignment is complete and the page can be
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