How to Run a Test Page on a Hewlett Packard Printer

By Nick Davis

When changing your Hewlett-Packard (HP) printer's configuration or toner, you want to make sure it is going to print properly before sending an important email or document to the printer. Printing problems are frustrating, but your HP includes a test page feature that lets you know if your printer is functioning properly and communicating with your computer. The test page feature is part of your HP printer's driver and is accessible through the HP toolbox application.

Printing a Test Page Via HP Toolbox

Click "Start," "All Programs," "HP," "HP Toolbox," if using Windows.

If using a Mac, click your Mac's hard drive icon, "Applications," "HP" and "HP Toolbox."

Click the "Printer Services" tab.

Click the "Print a Test Page" button. Select "Print" to start printing the test page.

Printing a Test Page Via Windows

Click "Start," "Control Panel," "View devices and printers" under the heading "Hardware and Sound," if using Windows 7.

Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Printers," if using Windows Vista.

Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Printers and Faxes," if using Windows XP.

Right click on your printer's icon and select "Properties."

Click the "General" tab. Click the "Print Test Page" button.

Click "OK" once the test page prints to close the open "Test Page" dialog box.