Why is my printer not printing the whole page? How do I fix it?

It is a source of frustration when office equipment does not function properly. It slows work progress, it causes stress and makes tempers flare. None of which are pretty sights! Nothing is worse than showing up to work ready to work efficiently and get projects done than to have the printer not printing the whole page. In this post, we will take a look at possible causes and solutions to an issue many have faced.

Possible Causes

These possible causes are not written in stone. The causes will depend on your printer, how it is connected and the condition of its components.

  • Margins out of line
  • Out-dated printer driver
  • Print nozzle clog
  • Print head needs to be cleaned
  • Out of ink or toner
  • Wrong size paper
  • Size of the file being sent to the printer
  • System requirements – memory, RAM, etc.
  • In a Mac, the correct driver may not be in use
  • Windows spooling system
  • Defective data cord
  • Defective USB port

Possible solutions

  • Adjust margins or paper size; whether you are using Photoshop, Word, Adobe Acrobat or Google Docs or the actual settings on your printer or paper tray
  • Update printer driver
  • Unclog print nozzle
  • Clean print head
  • Uninstall and reinstall printer on your computer
  • For Macs connected wirelessly, HP suggested to “assign a manual IP Address” to your printer
  • Microsoft suggests connecting your printer to another computer to see if your printer works; they also suggest trying a different computer account, if you have more than one set up on your computer; run the “Fixit” tool in the troubleshooting section of Windows
  • Connect the data cable directly to your computer
  • Reduce the size of the file being sent to be printed off
  • Try a different data cord
  • Try a different USB port


Troubleshooting printer problems can be an annoying interruption to your workday or project. If you are not tech-savvy, it can be overwhelming. However, if you try one solution and the problem is still not resolved, continue working through possible solutions because more than one solution may be required to fix the issue completely.

May this post help you figure out the reason for your printer not printing out the whole page and that you are able to fix it in a short amount of time; with the least amount of frustration possible. Here’s to properly work printers!

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