Check your printer's ink status from a computer

Article ID: ART133191 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 04/10/2019
 

Description

Learn how to check your printer's ink status from your computer.

 

Solution

You can check the ink levels from your computer.
  • On Windows, use the printer status monitor.
  • Macintosh users check the Canon IJ Printer Utility.

On Windows

  1. Open the printer properties dialog box. Usually, you select File -> Print from an application and then select Preferences or Properties within the print dialog. 
  2. Select the Maintenance tab. 
  3. Select View Printer Status.
  4. The IJ Status Monitor opens. If there are warning icons, follow the associated instructions to correct them. 

    The number of inks shown will vary by model.  An example of the MG6800 series ink level information is shown below.


You can also get to the printer properties through the Control Panel by selecting Printing preferences after right-clicking the printer.

An easy way to get to Devices & Printers or Printers and Faxes (the name will depend on your version of Windows) is to hold the Windows  and type R.  In the Run box, type control printers and click OK.  This will work on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.


On Macintosh OS X

  1. Open the Canon IJ Printer Utility application.
  2. Select Ink Level Information in the pop-up menu.
  3. Select Ink Details.

    The number of inks shown will vary by model.  An example of the MG6800 series ink level information is shown below.

Note: You can also access the ink levels through System Preferences. The exact path differs by operating system version but it is similar to Print & Fax -> Print Queue... -> Utility -> select the printer -> Maintenance.

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