How to Print a Test Page on Epson Printer?

Print a Test Page on Epson Printer

What is a Printer Test Page?

Printer Test Pages are used for checking several things with your printer for maintaining and resolving the troubleshooting issues with the ink cartridges on your printer or just in the general maintenance of your printer.

What Problems will a Test Page Resolve?

A printer test page will detect and identify the reasons you need to print a test page. The problems a printer test page can see are as follows: blocked printheads, alignment problems, and can also assist in matching the color replication. A test page can help you resolve the issues efficiently and quickly by getting to know the printer issues via printing.

Printer test pages can also keep the ink flowing in the printer. If your printer goes unused for long periods, the printheads might be blocked, or the ink inside and around the cartridge and the printer will be dried up, causing blockages and inconsistent ink flow. By frequently printing a test page, you will keep the maintenance of your printer and improve the printing quality and the lifespan of your printer. This even saves your money in the long run.

How to Print a Test Page on Windows?

Using the function of the Test Page is one of the efficient ways for testing the communication between your printer and the system. It is sent from the printer driver directly, thus enabling the user to determine whether the problem is associated with the communication issues or an actual problem with the software used.

Do as per the instructions below for your Windows version:

Windows 10

  • Firstly, Access the option Devices and Printers.
    Before moving forward, follow the below steps:
    • Firstly, you are required to do a check on the connection between the printer and the computer system.
    • Verify whether the printer is switched on or not.
    • You also need to ensure that there are no red or blinking amber lights on the LEDs of printers or any type of error messages on the printer LCD panel.
  • The Devices and Printers folder will be accessed now. An icon for your Epson printer will be seen there.
  • Within the Printers folder, verify that the print queue is clear and the printer is all set. 
  • Do a right-click or hold onto the printer icon and do a left-click or hit the Printer properties option. The printer properties window will now be opened on the General tab.
  • Now, load plain A4 paper sheets into the paper cassette or the sheet feeder.
  • Hit on the option Print Test Page.

Windows 7

 Click on the Start button and then reach out for the option Devices and Printers.

  • Alternatively, write up the device in the Start Search field, tap on the Enter key, or hit the option Devices and Printers.

    Before moving forward, follow the below steps:
    • Verify the connection between your computer system and your printer.
    • Verify whether the printer is switched on or not.
    • You also need to ensure that there are no red or blinking amber lights on the LEDs of printers or any type of error messages on the printer LCD panel.
  • The Devices and Printers folder will be opened now. An icon for your Epson printer can be seen there.
  • Under the Printers folder, verify that the print queue must be clear and the printer is set and ready. 
  • Using the mouse, do a right-click or hold onto the printer icon and then a left-click or tap on the option Printer properties. The printer properties box will now come up on the General tab.
  • Now, put the plain A4 paper sheets into the paper cassette or the sheet feeder.
  • Tap on the option Print Test Page.
  • A Test Page will be automatically sent to the printer, and in case the Test Page is printed successfully, click on Close.
  • In case of the failure in the Test Page printing, you will get a warning text quoting ‚ÄúCommunication Error” or”This document failed to print.”
  • On the Test Page, there is banding in the text, and the print quality is quite bad, so head cleaning is a must.
  • A Test Page will again be sent to your printer, and in case the Test Page is printed successfully, click on the option Close.

How to Print a Test Page in macOS?

Using the Test Page function in macOS is efficient for doing communication tests between the printer and your system. It is sent from the printer driver directly. Thus, it gives the user the ability to know whether the problem is associated with the communication issues or with the software being used.

  • Before moving forward, follow the below steps:
    • Do check the connection between the PC and the printer.
    • Verify whether the printer is switched on or not.
    • You also need to ensure that there are no red or blinking amber lights on the LEDs of printers or any type of error messages on the LCD panel.

Do as per the instructions below for printing a test page in macOS:

  • Tap on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
  • Tap on Printers & Scanners.
  • Your Epson printer name must be present in the list of printers. Tap on the Epson printer name.

Note: If an Epson printer is not listed, it means that your printer has not been installed. So, install the driver for your macOS version.

  • Now, you need to confirm that the print queue is clear. 
  • Tap on Options & Supplies.
  • A new dialog window will be opened; tap on the tab Utility.
  • Put plain A4 paper sheets into the sheet feeder or the paper cassette of your printer.
  • Tap on the Print Test Page.
  • Head cleaning might be required if a few parts of the text are missing on the Test Page or the print quality is quite bad and week.

You can find more details about Printing a test on Mac OS on the OpenosX blog.

Final Words

In this article, we have brought all the significant aspects of testing print pages in Epson Printers. You can follow the solutions given based on the type of operating system you are using. We hope you have got the information that you have been looking for in this article. If you are still in trouble with the printing issues, you are advised to take help from the customer service assistance team of Epson Printers.

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