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Printer doesn't print everything: what can you do?

If your printer doesn't print everything, it doesn't have to be broken, as is the case with other printer problems. Because: There are a number of sources of error if your printer does not print everything and annoys you with your print job.

In this case, you can find and eliminate most errors yourself with simple means. We have compiled the most important troubleshooting points for you. We will support you in solving the possible problems.
Also note point 14, which explains the causes such as the network, drivers and USB cables.

Point 1: Does a paper jam or lack of paper cause the printout to be aborted?

If the printer has the does not print the last pages of a file, is missing often simply the Paper replenishment. So first check whether there is enough printer paper left.

There may also be a Paper Jam in front. If a sheet is caught in the transport unit or in the duplexer, the printer will go on strike and the print job will not be completed. Newer printers indicate the problems mentioned with the "Paper" LED.

If there is enough printer paper in the paper cassette, you need to take a close look inside the device.Not every paper jam is obvious and the error is well hidden.

Therefore open the maintenance hatches and check with a flashlightwhether whole sheets of paper or small pieces of paper are stuck. If so, carefully remove them. With most printers, you can pull out the paper cassette and duplex unit completely for a closer look. For a complete check of the inside of the printer, you must also remove the cartridges with the toner and the image drum from the laser printer.

Extra tip: You can find out how to fix and prevent paper jams in the linked guide. You can also find special tips for Samsung printers and paper jams with us. And we have summarized for you how you should store printer paper and why correctly.

Point 2: Did you fill in different types of paper?

Printing problems are caused by different types of printer paper especially with older printers and multifunction devices are often underestimated. So think about whether you tore off a new pack of printer paper when you refilled it and placed it on the pile of paper that was still there.

This plays a role with different printer paper and printer paper in particular Grip of the paper plays an important role, because older devices often have the Worn out transport rollers and problems arise because: Your surfaces become smooth and hard due to aging and wear and tear, so you can no longer optimally transport printer paper with very smooth surfaces. This happens particularly often with the types of paper that are also recommended for fax machines with transfer ribbon.

Brings help Printer paper with rougher surface structures. Also see the next troubleshooting note.

Point 3: Can wear of the transport units lead to a print stop?

Wear and dirt in the transport unit are also among the reasons why printouts are broken off in the middle. You can also recognize this source of error by the fact that some lines are overprinted and other lines are left blank.

So you should be careful with the Clean the rubber rollers of the transport unit to avoid problems, preferably even regularly when cleaning the printer. You can access the rollers through the various maintenance flaps on the printer. Caution: Please make sure to disconnect it from the power supply beforehand so that you do not risk an electric shock!

A lint-free cloth with a little distilled water or a drop is recommended for cleaning acetone or special Roller cleaner. The latter cleans the rollers optimally and makes them grippy again.

It also removes grease particles that your hands transfer to the rubber rollers via the printer paper. The fat particles also make the surfaces smooth and thus ensure that the paper is no longer properly gripped and pushed forward.

In addition, you should consider whether you new feed rollers for your printer worried. With a little luck, those for your device model are available in stores for little money.

Here is a video that shows what cleaning the pick roller can do:

Point 4: Does your printer have enough ink and toner?

There are two different methods of printing when the ink or toner runs out of one color: the printer either completely stops printing the file when a cartridge is empty, or the printer continues to work. The latter delivers to you color-falsified printouts with empty areas with your print job.

Therefore, if your printer doesn't print everything, you should get one through your PC take a close look at the fill levels. If the user interface of your printer in the control panel or in the printer software (driver and possibly additional software) or on the display of the device does not show the fill levels (this is more common with older devices), this is not a problem. You can check the level manually. To do this, you have to take the cartridges and toner out of the device one at a time and shake them gently. Then you can feel whether they are empty or not. So you may have to change the toner.

Point 5: Have you just changed the cartridges and the printer is not printing everything?

In this case, you should first check to see if your printer has the cartridges and toner recognized correctly Has. This is possible in the level indicator of the user interface in the control panel of your PC (printer driver or other additional software) or on the display on the device.

If the printer cartridges are not recognized properly, please take them out of the printer again. Check to see that you have all of them factory attached Protective strip completely removed has. Even a small amount of adhesive tape can prevent the correct detection of the printer cartridges and lead to printer problems.

If you refilled toner or ink yourself it can also be that the data on the chip block further use and cause printer problems. To do this, you should know that you will get many toners and ink cartridges a chip resetter when refilling need. With some multifunctional devices, a sheet with a barcode must be scanned after refilling, which should then be stated in the instructions. Could it be that you simply forgot this step?

Point 6: Can't your printer print everything because the cartridges are unable to breathe?

When your inkjet printer, also known as a bubble jet, shoots ink in the form of tiny droplets on the paper, the ink is drawn into the cartridges vacuum. It must be equalized before more ink can be pumped out. The cartridges also have tiny holes for ventilation. Inside there are membranes that only allow air to pass in one direction. If this opening is blocked, no air can flow in. This means that the printhead does not have enough supplies and your print job will not be carried out correctly.

Therefore, check whether the holes have possibly been clogged with dirt particles and remove them carefully with a brush or with the smallest nozzle of your vacuum cleaner.Danger:Do not use hard objects such as needles or paper clips, as this could damage the membranes. Then the ink cartridge is permanently unusable and you have the problem of having to use a new printer cartridge.

Point 7: Did you refill cartridges yourself and the printer does not print everything?

You have to drill holes in many printer cartridges in order to be able to refill printer ink yourself with a fine cannula. Could it be that you forgot to hermetically seal that extra hole again? In this case, the printer cannot build up the pressure necessary to transport the ink from the tank into the supply hoses and from there into the print head and onto the paper.

The solution to the problem brings that Sealing of the hole you have drilled on the cartridge. Tape is just as suitable for this as a small droplet of superglue. Danger:Make sure you let the superglue harden completely before you put the cartridge back in the printer and start the print job again.

Extra tip: It can happen - printer ink got onto your clothes or surfaces. You can find out how to remove the ink in our linked guide.

Point 8: Why doesn't the printer print everything after changing the cartridge?

Are you a saver and have that Warning messages of the level indicator ignored or switched them offto use refill cartridges? Then it is possible that you did not notice in time that the ink cartridge was completely empty and is now causing you problems.

With some printer models, when the ink cartridge is completely empty, the system pumps air into the supply hoses that lead to the printhead. This happens when you refill yourself, even with many variants in which the print head sits on the ink cartridge. If the printhead is built into the printer, this problem occurs both when refilling and when replacing the ink cartridges. You can tell by the fact that your printer does not print individual colorswhich luckily you can fix.

For remedy the (possibly multiple) Start of printouts in which there are larger areas in this color are located. As a result, the resulting air bubble in the supply hose is pushed forwards by the advancing ink until it finally escapes through the nozzles of the printhead. After that, your printer would have to print everything again, unless there is another problem at the same time.

By the way: SUPER CARTRIDGES are equipped with a chip. The level indicator therefore works perfectly when using our recycled refill cartridges and you don't have to worry about it.

Point 9: Do settings ensure that your printer does not print everything?

You have a Color printing started, but your printer gives you a black and white printout? Then the source of the error is usually very banal. Check your print settings to see if you have accidentally opened the Black and white print option activated. If the printout is a copy of a scanned document, you should also take a look at the at scanner set parameter necessary. You will only receive full color copies if you have commissioned both the scan and the color printout.

There may be other problems in the printer settings. Point this out completely missing areas in your printouts down. It is possible that the option "Print form data only"Activated. If you uncheck this position in the advanced print settings, your printer should print the rest of the content the next time you try.

In addition, it is possible that with your documents "Exotic" fonts that your printer does not recognize. The solution usually involves converting your document into a PDF, because the printer then treats it as a graphic and can carry out your print job in spite of the unknown font. If that is not enough, you can have the PDF printed as an image. You can also find the necessary settings in the print options to get rid of this problem.

Point 10: Why does the laser printer print pages with empty stripes?

If your printer doesn't print everything by leaving certain areas on all of the pages blank, it is usually with the laser printer

  • on the imaging drum or
  • on an almost empty toner cartridge.

Step 1:Remove the toner cartridge and shake it lengthways. Please do this over the sink or over a newspaper, as some toner powder will usually fall out. Shaking the cartridge distributes the remaining toner evenly inside the cartridge. The next time you print, the printer problem should be resolved.

Possibly step 2:If the above procedure does not help, take the cassette with the imaging drum out of the printer and look for a colored plastic slide on the top. Carefully slide it back and forth several times. This will clean the heating unit of the imaging drum.

Possibly step 3:If your printer still delivers light or unprinted vertical stripes, you should replace the imaging drum.

Extra tip:The end of the service life of an imaging drum is usually heralded lighter areas on the left side of the page at. This is the area that is used the most for printing. This is one of the reasons a laser printer prints stripes. You can find more information in our linked guide + problem solutions.

Item 11: Why doesn't the inkjet printer print everything?

White stripes lengthways usually only occur in inkjet printers with models that have printing mechanisms that span the entire width of the page. The most common causes of errors are clogged nozzles. You can get rid of it by cleaning the printhead.

Many inkjet printers provide a cleaning program that you can start with a key combination or by calling up a function in the user interface. You can find out how to do this in the operating instructions.

If the cleaning program doesn't fix the problem, you can Clean the printhead manually. It can be reached via a maintenance hatch. Please only use a lint-free cloth and a little distilled water. Please keep your hands off solvents for paints or nail polish remover, because they can damage the sensitive components of the printheads in the long term. Incidentally, this also applies to the use of microfiber cloths.

Extra tip: If you want to save ink, we recommend that you clean the printhead manually first. With the integrated cleaning program, a significant amount of ink is flushed through the printhead. So you would have to use new consumables for your printer much sooner.

Item 12: Why does the printer print websites incompletely?

Your printer doesn't print everything from websites? This is a very common problem.

Cause 1: Most of the time, blank areas appear on printouts from web pages from Add-ons in the browser caused. By far the “most successful content killers” are ad blockers. They ensure that empty areas are displayed and printed instead of annoying advertisements. In such a case, it is even a good thing that not everything is printed, right?

Cause 2: If you've forgotten to scale the page size before printing, your printer can even spit out completely blank pages. So please set the checkmark next to "Scaling to page size"So that this does not happen with the next print job.

Extra tip: It is also always a good idea to check the print preview before printing in order to avoid misprints of this and other nature. This saves you paper, ink or toner and money accordingly. In addition, the environment benefits because you produce less waste and conserve resources.

Item 13: Why does the content of pop-up windows disappear when printing?

When printing websites, some elements do not appear in principle. This is especially true of the information that the Crossing certain places in interactive infographics in mini-windows are displayed. By activating the printout, the mouse pointer lands in a different position and the displayed file disappears. This deactivates the display of the additional information. The contents of the pop-up windows, which close by themselves after a while, are usually not sent to the printer. In Windows 10, for example, you can set a delay when recording a Screenshots help with the "Snipping Tool" app. But unfortunately that doesn't always work either.

Point 14: What else could cause your printer not to print everything?

Printer driver

If your printer doesn't print everything across all types of documents, it might as well Driver problem are present. Drivers are responsible for communication between the printer and the operating system. In most cases, when commissioning via Plug & Play, the operating system did not find the appropriate driver in its own program libraries and installed the file of an unsuitable universal driver.

In addition, an outdated driver can prevent the printer from printing everything. Particularly in combination with updates or patches of the operating system, printer drivers occasionally mean that files are not correctly transmitted from the computer to the printer.

You can renew, change and replace the printer drivers in the control panel under "Printers and scanners". The best thing to do is to load yourself beforehand Find the latest driver for your model from your printer manufacturer's support pages and operating system and save it on the hard drive. After installing the printer driver, your printer should work fine again. You can also troubleshoot other printer problems with an updated printer driver.

Extra tip:We have compiled helpful printer driver installation tips for Brother drivers, Canon drivers, and Samsung drivers.


When using a printer as a network printer, it has also been reported in the past that the Ducker does not print everything. The best thing to do is to completely disconnect the printer from the network. Then you set it up as the default printer and add it to the network. You can find out how to set up a standard printer in the linked guide.

Sometimes problems are buried in the network itself. You should therefore set up the network again if nothing else has helped and you can rule out other sources of error.

USB cable and seat

Another source of error may be a long USB cable for transferring data from the PC to the printer (printer cable). If it is longer than 5 meters, this may mean that files cannot be transmitted correctly for technical reasons. If that applies to you, consider using a shorter cable and moving the printer closer to the PC. Also check the fit of the USB connection at the slots with appropriately short cables in order to rule out sources of error here as well.

Conclusion:As you can see, you can fix most of the errors that prevent your printer from printing everything yourself. A hardware defect that has to be fixed by printer repair in a workshop only occurs in very rare cases.

Just go through our troubleshooting tips one at a time. Didn't all of that help and

  • could also Windows automatic troubleshooting If you cannot find the cause, a visit to the workshop is usually more worthwhile than replacing the printer. However, get a quote so you can assess the situation.
  • Before you send the printer in for repair, you should connect it to another computer as a test. Possibly one cares Loose contact on your printer port or on the USB port that not all information relevant for the printout can be transmitted to the printer.

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