How to Remove a Canon Printer Cartridge


Most Canon printers use separate ink tanks for each color, meaning that you can replace specific colors as needed, rather than having to replace all of the printer's ink just because one color has run out. On all newer models of Canon printers, a full ink tank will be lit with a red light when you open up your printer. A cartridge that needs to be replaced will either be flashing red or not lit up at all.

  • Press the power button to turn on the printer.

  • Open the paper output tray. On some models, you may need to press the "Open" button located on the front of the printer to open the tray.

  • Lift open the top of the printer. On some models, there is a propping bar to hold the top of the printer open while you access the ink tanks. Once the printer is open, the print head should shift to the center of the printer so you can access the ink tanks.

  • Determine which ink tank you want to remove. A flashing ink tank on newer printers indicates that the ink is depleted. On some older models, check the ink status on your display screen.

  • Push in on the plastic tab on the front of the ink tank you wish to remove.

  • Pull up on the ink tank to remove it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you leave the printer open for 10 minutes, the print head will return to its starting position. To access the ink tanks, close the top of the printer and open it again.
  • Handle ink tanks cautiously, as the ink will permanently stain clothing and furniture.
  • Put in a new ink tank immediately after removing an empty one; don't let the printer sit with ink tanks removed.

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