How to Calibrate a Canon Printer
By Daniel Hatter
If the printouts from your business' Canon printer have become fuzzy, blurry or smeared, the most likely cause is a calibration issue. There are three ways you can calibrate your Canon printer: perform a print head cleaning to unclog the ink nozzles and clean the print heads; perform a deep print head cleaning to do the cleaning more deeply (only if the regular print head cleaning doesn't fix the problem); or align the print head to reset the print head location, which will fix any alignment issues.
Clean the Print Head
Turn on the Canon printer and press the 'Maintenance" button until the display shows an “H.” Press the “Color” or “Black” copy button to clean the print head normally.
Press the "Maintenance" button until the display shows an “A.” Press the “Color” or “Black” copy button to print the nozzle check sheet. If lines are missing or white streaks exist, you’ll need to do a deep clean.
Press the "Maintenance" button until the display shows a “Y." Press the “Color” or “Black” copy button to clean the print head deeply.
Align the Print Head
Make sure paper is inserted in the paper tray and then press the "Maintenance" button until the display shows a lowercase “u." Press the “Color” or “Black” copy button to print the alignment sheet for the print head.
Open the scanning bed lid and place the alignment sheet face down on the bed. The arrow in the corner of the sheet should be pointing at the top left corner of the scanning bed. Close the scanning bed lid.
Press the "Maintenance" button until the display shows a “U.” Press the “Color” or “Black” copy button to align the print head. The alignment sheet can be discarded upon completion.
Information in this article applies to Canon MP270 and MP250 series printers. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
Daniel Hatter began writing professionally in 2008. His writing focuses on topics in computers, Web design, software development and technology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in media and game development and information technology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.