Although Canon printers are known for their reliability, you can expect yours to glitch every once in a while. If you deal with a lot of devices, you likely encounter runtime errors every now and then. Sometimes, the problem will be solved by turning the printer off and on again. Other times, you’ll have to reset your Canon printer to factory settings.
In this article, I’ll show you how you can reset your Canon printer easily and for different purposes.
How to Reset Your Canon Printer to Factory Settings
Resetting your Canon printer allows you to customize it all over again and hopefully solve persisting issues. But bear in mind that you’ll have to connect it to your network and set it up all over again.
Here’s how to do it:
- Switch the printer on and open its menu
- Click on Setup
- Keep moving the arrow until you see ‘Device Settings,’ and press on it
- Move the arrow again until you see Reset Settings or Reset to Factory Settings, and click on it
- A full list will open with multiple options. Look for ‘Reset All’ and click on it
- The device will ask whether you want to proceed; click Yes
- Your printer should now be reset to factory settings and ready for setup
How to Reset a Canon Printer’s Power
If you want to reset your Canon printer without getting it back to factory settings, there’s an easy way to do it. Sometimes, resetting the power is the only way to fix a glitch or let the printer work normally.
Here are the steps:
- Turn the printer off and unplug all the connected wires
- Leave the printer for a few minutes, then reconnect the USB and power cable
- Click on the Power button, leaving your finger on it for a few second
- When the light is blinking, lift your finger
- Your printer should turn on now
How to Reset Your Canon Printer’s Ink Cartridges
Sometimes, the printer won’t work when you install an ink cartridge. The problem may be due to different reasons, but the first thing you should do is reset the printer. The same also goes if your printer is showing glitches or unnecessary stops.
Here are detailed steps to reset your Canon printer without getting it back to its factory settings:
- Switch the printer off, but keep it plugged in
- Press the Stop button and the Power button simultaneously
- Remove your finger off the Stop button for a few seconds
- Press on the Stop button again while still pressing on the Power button
- Repeat the previous steps two times
- The printer should now show the letter O on its screen
- Press on the Stop button four times, then press on Power twice
- Press on the Power button one long-click to turn the printer off
- Release the USB cables to reset the ink cartridges
- Open the cartridge’s door while pressing Power simultaneously
- Connect the cables again and close the cartridge door, then lift your finger off the Power button
How to Reset a Canon Wireless Printer
If you own a wireless Canon printer, your resetting process will be a bit different.
Here are the needed steps:
- Click on the Wireless icon on your printer
- Click on Network, then click on Wireless
- Choose ‘On’ to open the Wireless Setup Wizard
- When the Setup Wizard opens, click on Continue
- Click on Ok, then write your printer’s password
- Click Ok, then follow the on-screen instructions for resetting
How to Reset a Canon Printer’s Memory
Sometimes, your printer will refuse to carry out the task, telling you that its memory or storage is low. In this case, you’ll need to clear the memory before you proceed, so you can keep using the device.
Here’s how to do it:
- Navigate to the Control Panel, and choose ‘Devices and Printers’
- You’ll see a list of the connected devices; find your printer and right-click on it
- You’ll find a ‘See What’s Printing’ option; click on it
- Click on ‘Cancel All Documents’ in the printer menu
- The device will ask you whether you want to proceed; click Yes
- The memory should be cleared now
- Restart your computer to fully reset the memory, then complete printing
Runtime errors are pretty common with printers, especially wireless ones, when the connection is lost abruptly. The first step in troubleshooting the problem is resetting your Canon printer’s power. If the issue needs a factory reset, you now know how to do both!