HP Officejet Pro 8600: How To Print On Cardstock

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HP Officejet Pro 8600 has been one of the popular choices for small office printers. This compact all-in-one inkjet printer delivers all the basic requirements for occasional printing.  With its flexible paper handling capacity, it can print, copy and scan on different paper sizes. Here’s are some common printing tips you can try.

How to print on cardstock?

Cardstock is a type of paper best used for printing postcards, business cards, catalogues and more. But due to its thickness and size, printing on them can be quite a challenge.  Here’s how to print with HP Officejet Pro 8600:

  1. Adjust paper tray. Go to ‘Printer and Devices’ and select ‘Paper Handling’ on the menu. Scroll and select “Heavy” or “Card Stock” on the “Tray” menu.
  2. Change printer settings. Click on the document to be printed. Click on the “Print” option to open the dialog box for settings. Click on “Properties” >> “Paper Quality >> “Card Stock”. Click “Ok”.
  3. Feed the paper. Place card stocks on the paper tray. Do not exceed the recommended number of sheets. Make sure all papers are of the same width and height. Adjust paper feeder and align.
  4. Run a test print.

What happens if I don’t change the paper settings?

When you print without adjusting your printer to the kind of media you will use, you end up getting output that are of different size, color and quality than you expect. The amount of ink and the interior machine will have difficulty printing as it was not set properly.

Do I get a different outcome if I use a different paper?

Yes. Paper size and quality affect the output of your prints. The thickness or thinness of paper determines the amount of ink to be used or how it spreads on the paper. Other factors include the texture, opaqueness and material of paper.  Depending on the kind of prints you want, there is an appropriate media and settings on the printer.  You might need to check the manual which media is compatible with your HP Officejet Pro 8600.

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  • Thank you, this was very helpful! :)

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