How to Put Paper in a HP Printer

If you're unfamiliar with a printer, installing paper for the first time can be a bit confusing. With detailed step-by-step instructions, you can easily load paper into your HP printer. Simply follow these steps below on How to Put Paper in a HP Printer!

Hewlett-Packard, or HP, is a consumer electronics firm that develops laptop and desktop computers, calculators, and personal digital assistants, or PDAs. HP is also recognized for its printers, which are another type of consumer gadget. 

Inkjets, deskjets, all-in-ones, and photo printers are all manufactured by Hewlett-Packard. You won't be able to use any of these printers if you can't load them with paper. That’s why we wrote this article to show you how to put paper in a HP printer. The process is quite simple. Let’s get started!

  • Step 1: Remove the output tray

  • Step 2: Slide the paper width guide to the left

  • Step 3: Prepare paper

  • Step 4: Load paper in the printer

  • Step 5: Adjust the paper width guide and put the output tray back in place

How To Put Paper in a HP Printer?

Paper is stored in the printer's paper tray, which is usually located near the printer's bottom. A little notch on the face of the tray normally lifts out to allow you to insert the paper. You'll also find a width guide within the paper tray that you can modify to meet your preferred paper length. 

Step 1: Open the Input Tray and Remove the Output Tray. 

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Open the printer's front door, which also functions as the paper tray. Because this door snaps shut, you'll have to open it to fold it down.

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Grasp the front of the output tray, which is under the control panel. By lifting the tray's front and dragging it out, you can remove the output tray. 

Step 2: Slide the Paper Width Guide to the Left.

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On the paper input tray, find the paper width guide. Slide the paper width guide to the left until it is at its widest point.

When you print something, this guide will prevent the paper from falling to the floor. 

Release the extension lock and bring out the paper tray to its full length if you're loading A3, US B, Super A3/B, or larger paper. When loading paper of Legal size or smaller, do not extend the paper tray.

Step 3: Prepare Paper.

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The HP printer’s paper tray can hold letter, legal, and A-4 sized paper. However, paper that has not been properly stored or that has been subjected to excessive variations in humidity or temperature may curl at the edges, making appropriate loading difficult and resulting in paper jams or inaccurate printing.

Choose how much paper you want to put in the paper tray. All of the paper should be the same size.

With both hands, hold the stack of papers. To align the edges of the stack of papers, tap it against a hard surface. Gently tap one of the short edges of a stack of paper that is 1/2 inch to 1 inch tall on a flat surface, such as the top of a desk, until the opposing short edge of all the individual sheets of paper seems to be lined up.

After that, tape one of the long edges of the stack of paper to the opposite long edge of each individual sheet of paper until they appear to be lined up.

Check for curled edges, rips, wrinkles, tears, and any metallic items such as staples or paper clips on the paper.

Step 4: Load Paper in the Printer. 

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Place one end of the printer paper stack on the paper tray, with the short edge facing the printer. Line up the stack with the right-hand tab on the paper tray, which appears just before the printer's opening. Push the stack of paper forward until you can't anymore without jamming it into the printer.

Step 5: Adjust the Paper Width Guide and Put the Output Tray Back in Place.

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Slide the paper width guide to the right until it fits perfectly against the stack's edge. Make sure the stack of papers does not exceed the paper tray's width or the height of the paper edge guide.

Reposition the output tray beneath the control panel and drop it back into place.

If you haven’t turned your printer on, do it now so you can start printing.

See also


1. Do printers take paper from the top or bottom?

The printer prints on the bottom half of the top sheet of paper in the tray. If you're printing on numbered checks or forms, you'll need to stack them backwards. Place the printed side down in the paper tray when loading the re-stacked checks or forms.

2. What is the mechanism of a printer's paper pull?

Paper is frequently fed through pins on a wheel in dot matrix printers, which grip and move the paper through the printer slowly. Paper is fed through rollers that grip and transport the paper through the printer in inkjet and other page printers.

3. Why isn't my printer picking up paper?

It's possible that the feed rollers aren't engaging the paper. The paper-width guide is pressed down too hard against the stack of papers. The product's paper tray is not fully inserted. The print driver's paper settings don't match the paper in the paper tray.


Make sure you have enough printer paper on hand at all times. It's not a sin to buy too much. Despite the fact that your printer might run through a lot of paper, paper isn't too expensive, so you won't go broke.

Hopefully you found our instruction helpful. Thank you for reading!

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