HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless [Fixed]

If your HP printer won’t print borderless, then you should read this article to find out why this problem occurs and how to fix it.

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HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless [Reason & Solution]

If your HP printer won’t print borderless, then it is likely that you didn’t follow the right steps to print borderless. Therefore, we will provide you with 2 methods to print borderless on your HP printer.

How to Print Borderless on your HP Printer – Method 1 – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

To print borderless on your HP printer, follow the instructions below.

Guidelines for Printing Borderless – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

You must follow these guidelines to get the best result:

i. Ensure that you install a photo print cartridge along with a tri-color print cartridge: Doing this will make sure that you get high-quality prints.

ii. Load HP Premium Plus Photo Paper into your printer’s input print tray as well as using the photo print cartridge which we mentioned above: This will provide maximum fade resistance.

iii. To save ink and money, you should print borderless photos using HP Everyday Photo Paper, semi-gloss.

iv. Confirm that the paper in use is flat.

v. Don’t load the input tray with too much paper that exceeds its capacity of 25 sheets.

Borderless Printing Preparations – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

Do the following preparation steps before you begin the borderless printing:

Step 1: Ensure that your HP printer is on.

Step 2: Take away the printer’s output tray.

Step 3:  Take away the paper stack in the printer’s input tray.

Step 4: Slide the input tray’s paper-width guide completely to the printer’s left side.

Step 5: Completely extend the input tray’s paper-length guide.

Step 6: Confirm that you are using flat photo paper.

Step 7: Load the photo paper into your printer’s input tray. Ensure that the print side faces down. For photo papers with a tear-off tab, ensure that you don’t place the paper in a way that the tear-off tab faces your printer. The ideal position is that it should face the other direction.

Step 8: Adjust the paper guides to rest against the side of the paper stack. Do not squeeze the paper stack in the process.

Step 9: Put the printer’s output tray back in its place.

Printing Borderless on HP Printer – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

To print borderless on an HP printer, follow the steps below:

Note: If the software program is designed with a feature for photo printing, then you should do the instructions according to your software program to print borderless on your HP printer. However, if it doesn’t have such a feature, then do these steps.

Step 1: Click on the “Search/Cortana” icon on the taskbar.

Step 2: Type “Printers.”

Step 3: Click on “Printers & Scanners” from the search results.

Step 4: When the new window opens, locate and right-click on your HP printer.

Step 5: Click on “Properties.”

Step 6: Click on the tab labeled “General.”

Step 7: Click on “Printing Preferences.”

This action will open the dialog box for “Printing Preferences.”

Step 8: Click on the tab for “Printing Shortcuts.”

Step 9: For the document type, choose “Photo printing-borderless.”

Step 10: Set the options below:

  • Print quality: Max, Best, or Normal dpi.
  • Paper type: Choose the type that fits your photo paper.
  • Paper size: Choose the size that fits your photo paper.
  • Orientation: Landscape or Portrait depending on how you want the picture to appear.

Step 11: Set these options as well:

  • Grayscale quality
  • Color management
  • Advanced color settings
  • HP digital photography options

Step 12: Set other settings as you desire.

Step 13: Click on “OK.”

If you are using a photo paper that has a tear-off tab, ensure that you take away the tear-off tab to enable the document to be completely borderless.

Read this article: HP Printer Won’t Print [Proven Solutions] to learn about other issues that might prevent your HP printer from printing and how to resolve them.

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How to Troubleshoot Small Margins when Printing Borderless in Microsoft Word – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

To troubleshoot small margins when printing borderless in Microsoft Word, do the following steps:

Step 1: Click on “File.”

Step 2: Click on “Page Setup.”

Step 3: When the dialog box for “Page Setup” appears, click on the tab labeled “Paper.”

Step 4: Check under the “Paper Size” option, and then choose a paper size that is suitable for your borderless printing.

After doing the above steps, you have to go to your printer driver and then choose borderless printing. The remaining steps will guide you on how to do this.

Step 5: Open Microsoft Word.

Step 6: Click on “File.”

Step 7: Click on “Print.”

Step 8: In the dialog box for “Print,” click on “Properties.”

Step 9: Click on the tab labeled “Paper/Quality.”

Step 10: Choose the paper size that is suitable for your borderless printing.

Note: In the Paper Type setting, you cannot select plain paper as the option and then print borderless. Instead, you have to select a brochure or photo paper.

How to Print Borderless on your HP Printer – Method 2 – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

To print borderless on your HP printer, follow the steps below.

1. Check and Update your HP Printer Firmware (If necessary) – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

To print borderless, you need to ensure that your HP printer firmware is up-to-date. Therefore, you need to confirm if the firmware is up-to-date. If it is not, then you should update it.

To update your HP printer firmware, click this link: Update your HP Printer Firmware – HP Printer is Slow, and then use any of the methods we shared to update your HP printer firmware.

2. Check and Install your HP Printer’s Full Feature Software & Driver – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

You need to check if you have the full feature software and driver of your HP printer installed on your computer. If you don’t, then you need to install the full feature software.

How to Install HP Printer Full Feature Software & Driver via the Download Page

To install your HP printer’s full feature software and driver via the download page, do the following steps:

Step 1: Turn off your VPN if you are using one.

Step 2: Go to the official HP Printer Software and Drivers Download Page.

Step 3: Type the printer model of your HP printer in the box under “Enter your product name.”

Step 4: Click on the “Submit” button.

Step 5: Download the full feature software and driver.

Step 6: Once the download is complete, open your Windows computer’s “File Explorer.”

Step 7: Go to the folder where the software installation file was saved.

Note: Disconnect the USB cable that connects your computer and printer. You might be prompted to use the USB cable later on during the installation. 

Step 8: Locate and then right-click the software installation file.

Step 9: Click on “Run as Administrator.”

Step 10: Wait for the installation to be completed.

Step 11: Restart your computer.

After restarting your computer, enable your HP printer as your computer’s default printer. To do this, do the following:

i. Go to “Settings.”

ii. Choose “Devices.”

iii. Select “Printers and Scanners.”

iv. Click on the checkbox beside “Let Windows manage my default printer” to unselect the option.

v. From the printers list, choose your HP printer.

vi. Click on “Manage.”

vii. Click on “Set as Default.”

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3. Install HP Smart App – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

To install the HP Smart app, you can download the app from the Microsoft Store.

We recommend that you click this link: HP Printer Setup on HP Smart – HP Printer Setup to learn how to set up your HP printer on the HP Smart app.

 When downloading and installing the HP Smart app, here are some things you should bear in mind and do as the case may be:

i. Turn off your VPN if you are using one.

ii. Use a Wi-Fi connection instead of an Ethernet connection. If your printer is connected to your network via an Ethernet cable, then you need to remove the cable; after that connect to your network via Wi-Fi.

iii. You will have to sign in to your HP account if you want to access the full features and functions of the app.

4. Change or Reload the Paper in the Input Tray – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

To reload or change the paper in your printer’s input tray, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open your printer’s input tray.

Step 2: Remove or add the paper type and size you want if you are yet to do that.

Step 3: Wait for some seconds

Step 4: Close your printer’s input tray.

You should also do the following if it applies to your HP printer model:

i. Go to the control panel display of your HP printer.

ii. Click on “Change,” “Modify,” or “No-Yes” depending on your printer.

iii. Modify the paper type and size.

iv. Click on “OK.”

If you can’t find the paper size you want, click on “Custom.” You can then enter the size you want.

Note: You might not be able to use custom paper sizes on certain HP printers.

5. Set Printing Preferences (Windows) – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

To set printing preferences, do the following steps:

Notes

  • Mobile printing doesn’t support the instructions in this section.
  • The full feature software and driver of your printer must be installed to enable you to access the complete features of the printer preferences.
  • Your printer must be the default printer

Step 1: Navigate to “Control Panel.”

Step 2: Select “Icon view.”

Step 3: Click on “Devices and Printers.”

Step 4: Right-click your HP printer.

Step 5: Click on “Printing Preferences.”

If you are opening Printing Preferences from a print-supported program, you might find any of these instead of printing preferences: “Properties,” “Printer Properties,” “More Settings,” “Printer Setup,” or “Shortcuts.”

Step: Set the paper size and type.

If the paper size you are printing on is not listed in the drop-down menu, click on “Custom,” and then input the size you want.

If you are printing on envelopes, follow the steps below to set the printing preferences:

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Click on “Mailings.”

Step 3: Click on “Envelopes.”

Step 4: Click on “Preferences and Envelopes.”

Step 5: Choose “Everyday printing” for “Printing Preferences Shortcut.”

6. Printing the Borderless File – HP Printer Won’t Print Borderless

To print the borderless file, do the steps below:

Step 1: Open the file you want to print.

Note: Certain paper types and sizes might not support borderless printing.

Step 2: Set the options in the main menu.

To do this, open the submenu or submenus you want to change and then modify the settings as you desire.

Step 3: Save your settings by clicking “OK.”

Step 4: Navigate to and click on “Print.”