Your printer prints slower if you try to print documents in bulk. We normally ignore a slow printer once or twice. But, if the issue persists longer, there might be something wrong with the device, and you should be concerned.
If you recently switched from laser to inkjet printer, you should not worry much, as inkjets are generally slower than lasers. Many users reported the issue while the printer is running low on ink levels or when the network connection is weak.
In this article, we will go through several ways to fix this issue.
Probable Causes of the Issue
- Overheated printer
- Printing large-size documents
- Printing in high quality
- Unresponsive print spooler service
- Quiet mode enabled
- Disabled bidirectional printing
- Outdated printer drivers
- Out-to-date firmware
Fixes for Printer Printing Slow
There are many scenarios why your printer is printing slower. You can restart your printer as a preliminary fix. However, it may not always work.
There are some other proven fixes that work to fix a slow printing printer. Let’s get straight into them.
Give Rest to Your Printer
The first thing you can do is give rest to your printer. If you have been using your printer for an extended period, it can overheat and slow down to protect itself from damage.
You can unplug the printer from the electric socket, let it rest for a few minutes, turn it on again and try printing. If overheating was causing the issue, you should no longer face a problem.
Check What You Are Printing
The size of the document does matter when it comes to the printing speed. If you are printing a large-size document, your computer can take a bit longer to process the file, ultimately decreasing the printing speed.
If possible, you can try reducing the size of the file before printing. But note that decreasing the size may degrade the quality, so please act appropriately. You may switch to a laser printer if you want a faster speed than inkjet ones.
Check Your Internet Speed
If you are communicating with the printer via Wi-Fi, a slow Internet connection can be another cause why you face laggy printing. Verify if the net is slow to handle the print jobs. If you have other downloading tasks or Internet-hungry applications running on your computer, please close them until you finish your printing job.
Moreover, if you use a USB cable to connect your computer to a printer, consider checking the cables for any damage, like wear and tear. Also, try changing the ports and see if the issue is within the ports.
Check Paper Tray and Cartridges
Lower ink levels and insufficient paper in the paper tray are other reasons for slow printing. Inspect if you have sufficient paper in the tray and ink in the cartridges. If you see the ink levels are too low, you can consider refilling the ink or installing the new cartridges.
Most printers utilize more than one cartridge. Typically printers use two or four cartridge combinations. Printing using a single cartridge can consume a lot of time so make sure there is sufficient ink on every cartridge.
Use Draft Quality Printing
The quality of printing you have set for your printer also matters when it comes to speed. If you set high-quality printing, it consumes more ink and takes longer to print than when you do with the draft quality.
If you can sacrifice quality for speed, you can proceed with changing the print quality from your printer settings. If not, that’s okay; you need to wait for quite a long to get your document printed.
Most printers have the option available to change print quality. Here, I will use the Epson L110 series printer for elucidation.
- Hit Windows + R.
controland then hit Enter to open Control Panel.
- On the Control Panel, click the Hardware and Sound menu, then click Devices and Printers.
- Under the Printers section, right-click the printer whose printing quality you want to choose.
- Click Printing preferences from the context menu.
- In the new window, in the Quality drop-down, select Draft.
- Then click Apply > OK to save changes.
Restart Print Spooler
A print spooler is a small application that handles all the printing commands you give to the printer placing them in the printer queues. When you give a lot of printing commands at once, print spooler may stop responding and create issues. It may lead to slow printing. You can try restarting the service and checking if it solves the problem.
Follow the steps below:
- Press Windows + R keys on the keyboard.
- Type in
services.mscin the text field, then press Enter key. It will open Services application.
- In the new window, scroll down to find Print Spooler service.
- Right-click over it and select Restart.
Disable Quiet Mode
Printers do produce sound while printing. So, intending to reduce noise, some printers, like HP and Epson, have integrated a Quiet mode feature. When this mode is enabled, it reduces the level of noise the printer produces while printing. But, keep in mind that it also reduces the printing speed.
Here’s how to disable the Quiet mode on Epson L110 Series printer:
- Launch Run application by pressing Windows + R on your keyboard.
controlin the text field and press Enter key. It opens Control Panel.
- Then Navigate to Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers.
- Locate your printer profile under Printers section and right-click over it.
- Choose Printing preferences from the list of options.
- Check the box next to Quiet mode.
- Click Apply and OK, and you are done.
Enable Bidirectional Printing
Some printers like that from Primera also have a bidirectional printing feature. When this feature is enabled on your printer settings, the print heads spray ink in either of the directions they move. This helps speed up your printing process. You can turn it on if you are facing slower printing. Here’s how:
- Open up your Printer properties from Settings.
- In the new Properties window, navigate down to Enable Bi-di Printing.
- Select Yes from the drop-down.
Note: The document is printed faster with bidirectional printing, but the ink can take a bit longer to dry. So, handle the printout carefully once you get the document out of your printer.
Update Your Printer Drivers
Printer drivers are responsible for coordinating your computer and printer. But if they are corrupted or out-of-date, it can create issues with printing, and you may encounter a slower printing process. Depending upon your manufacturer, you can easily search and download the latest printer drivers.
Or you can also use Device Manager for updating the drivers. Here’s how:
- Hit Windows + R.
devmgmt.mscthen press Enter key. It will open up Device Manager.
- Expand Printers by double-clicking over it.
- Right-click the problematic printer.
- Choose Update driver from the listed options.
- Select Search automatically for drivers next. It will install new updates to your printer driver if any are available.
Update the Printer Firmware
Firmware is a small program that runs on the device itself. In the case of a printer, if its firmware is outdated, it can start acting slow. You can visit the manufacturer’s website and easily download and install the up-to-date firmware. Or, use the integrated updater tool to update the firmware.
Seek Professional Assistance
If you are still unable to figure out what is causing your printer to print slower, there may probably be some major hardware issue. Since dismantling and repairing printers is a bit difficult job and needs proficiency, you can consult a professional and ask to look over it.