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How to print a Test Page in Windows

Using the Test Page function is a good way to test the communication between the printer and computer. It is sent directly from the printer driver and thus enables a user to determine if the problem is related to a communication issue or an actual problem with the application that is being used.

Follow the instruction appropriate for your version of Windows:

Windows 10

 

  1. Open Devices and Printers, click here for instructions.

    Before continuing, do the following:

    • Check the connection from the printer to the computer.
    • Check the printer is powered on.
    • Make sure there are no red or amber lights on the printer's LEDs or error messages on the LCD panel.
  2. The Devices and Printers folder will open. An icon for your Epson printer should be present.
    Note:

    If an icon for your Epson printer is not present, the driver is not installed. Install the driver according to the method recommended in article Epson and Windows 10.

  3. In the Printers folder, first check that the print queue is clear and the printer is Ready. Click here for further instructions
  4. Right-click or tap and hold on the printer icon and left-click or tap on Printer properties. The printer properties window opens on the General tab.
     
  5. Load a sheet of plain A4 paper into the sheet feeder/paper cassette.
  6. Click or tap on Print Test Page.
  7. A Test Page will be sent to the printer and the following window will appear. If the Test Page prints successfully click or tap Close.

  8. An example of a successful Test Page is below.

Video Tutorial: How to Print a Test Page in Windows 10

 

Windows 8

 

  1. Move the mouse cursor to the bottom or top-right of the screen and click the Search icon (highlighted below) from the menu that appears.

  2. Type Control panel in the Search bar and press Enter.

  3. In Control Panel double-click Devices and Printers (Small/Large icon view) or click View devices and printers (Category view).

    Before continuing, do the following:

    • Check the connection from the printer to the computer.
    • Check the printer is powered on.
    • Make sure there are no red or amber lights on the printer's LEDs or error messages on the LCD panel.
  4. The Devices and Printers folder will open. An icon for your Epson printer should be present.

     

    Note:

    If an icon for your Epson printer is not present, the driver is not installed. Install the driver according to the method recommended in article Epson and Windows 8.

  5. In the Printers folder, first check that the print queue is clear and the printer is Ready. Hover the mouse over the icon that represents your product. A pop-up window will display its status.

  6. If there are no documents waiting to print, right-click on the printer icon and left-click on Printer properties. The printer properties window opens on the General tab.
  7. Load a sheet of plain A4 paper into the sheet feeder/paper cassette .
  8. Select Print Test Page.

  9. A Test Page will be sent to the printer and the following window will appear. If the Test Page prints successfully click Close.

  10. If the Test Page fails to print you may receive a warning from the Status Monitor or notification bubble e.g. "This document failed to print" or "Communication Error".
  11. An example of a successful Test Page is below:

    If there is banding in the text on the Test Page or the print quality is poor then head cleaning may be required.

Windows 7

 

  1. Click the  Start button and then click on Devices and Printers.

  2. Alternatively, type device in the Start Search box and press Enter or click on Devices and Printers.

    Before continuing, do the following:

    • Check the connection from the printer to the computer.
    • Check the printer is powered on.
    • Make sure there are no red or amber lights on the printer's LEDs or error messages on the LCD panel.
  3. The Devices and Printers folder will open. An icon for your Epson printer should be present.

     

    Note:

    If an icon for your Epson printer is not present, the driver is not installed. Install the driver according to the method recommended in article Epson and Windows 7.

  4. In the Printers folder, first check that the print queue is clear and the printer is Ready. Hover the mouse over the icon that represents your product. A pop-up window will display its status.

  5. If there are no documents waiting to print, right-click on the printer icon and left-click on Printer properties. The printer properties window opens on the General tab.
  6. Load a sheet of plain A4 paper into the sheet feeder/paper cassette.
  7. Select Print Test Page.

  8. A Test Page will be sent to the printer and the following window will appear. If the Test Page prints successfully click Close.

  9. If the Test Page fails to print you may receive a warning from the Status Monitor or notification bubble e.g. "This document failed to print" or "Communication Error", see Troubleshooting Printer-related Communication Issues in Windows 7.
  10. An example of a successful Test Page is below:

    If there is banding in the text on the Test Page or the print quality is poor then head cleaning may be required.