Automatically Aligning the Print Head from a Mac - MX490 / MX492

Article ID: ART161690 | Date published: 09/17/2015 | Date last updated: 04/15/2019


This article provides instructions for executing an automatic print head alignment for the PIXMA MX490 / MX492 from a Mac.



Print head alignment corrects the installation positions of the print head and improves deviated colors and lines.

This printer supports two head alignment methods: automatic head alignment and manual head alignment. Normally, the printer is set for automatic head alignment. If the printing results of automatic print head alignment are not satisfactory, perform manual head alignment.

The procedure for performing automatic print head alignment is as follows:

Print Head Alignment

  1. Select Test Print from the pop-up menu on the Canon IJ Printer Utility.

  2. Click the Print Head Alignment icon

    A message is displayed.

  3. Load paper in the printer

    Load one sheet of A4 size or Letter size plain paper into the cassette.


    • The number of sheets to be used differs when you select the manual head alignment.
  4. Print head alignment pattern printing

    Make sure that the printer is on and click Align Print Head.
    The adjustment pattern is printed.


    • Do not open the paper output cover while printing is in progress.
  5. Adjustment pattern scanning

    After the adjustment pattern is printed, a message is displayed.
    Load the adjustment pattern onto the platen, and press the Start button on the printer.
    Print head alignment starts.


  • After head alignment is completed, you can print and check the current setting. To do so, click the Print Head Alignment icon and when the message is displayed, click Print Alignment Value.

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