How to Find Out How Much Ink I Have in a Dell Ink Cartridge
By Quinn Marshall
Dell inkjet printers use disposable ink cartridges that hold a specific level of ink. Some Dell inkjet printers have an ink level monitor that analyzes ink usage and gives an alert when the level reaches a certain point. Other Dell inkjet printers continue to use an ink cartridge until it stops working properly. Checking your ink cartridge level periodically helps you anticipate when a new cartridge is needed, and prevents poor print quality for last-minute projects.
Click the round "Windows" button on the left side of the desktop menu. Choose "Control Panel" from the "Start" menu.
Select "View devices and printers" under "Hardware and Sound." Double-click the icon that belongs to your printer. A list of printer features and options appears. Choose the link titled "Printer Options."
Click the "Services" tab. Select "Ink levels" to see an ink level estimate. Not all Dell printers have an ink estimate listed under the Services tab.
Install the Dell software that came with your printer if an ink level estimate isn't listed in the "Services" tab. Print a test page using the software by clicking "Print Test Page." If your Dell printer's ink levels are low, an alert appears that displays estimated ink cartridge levels and a warning to replace the cartridge.
Look at the LCD screen on your Dell printer if it has one. Some Dell inkjet printers display a "Low Ink" warning if your ink cartridge is low.
Based in New England, Quinn Marshall began her writing career in 2004. She was a featured writer for Laptop Logic and contributes to publications such as "Smashing Magazine."