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HP LaserJet 6P and 6MP Printers - Paper Handling

Using Tray 1

Tray 1 Specifications

TRAY 1
Sizes supported:
Minimum = 3 x 5 inches (76 x 127 mm)
Maximum = 8.5 x 14.0 inches (216 x 356 mm)
Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, B5 Envelopes: Commercial #10, C5, DL, Monarch
Capacity:
100 sheets of paper; 10 envelopes
Weight:
16 lbs. to 43 lbs. (60 to 157 g/m sq.)
Envelopes: 16- to 28-lb. bond (60 to 105 g/m sq.)
Types:
Plain paper, recycled paper, envelopes, labels, transparencies, card stock, and post cards
Media load:
Print side up, top-edge toward the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer

Loading media into Tray 1

Tray 1 (multipurpose) holds up to 100 sheets of paper or up to 10 envelopes.

  1. Grasp Tray 1 by the two finger tabs and pull the top down.

    Figure 1: Grasp Tray 1 and pull the top down

  2. Pull out the plastic tray extender by grasping the center finger tab. If the media that is being loaded is longer than 9 inches (229 mm), also pull out the wire tray extender.

  3. Slide the paper width guide to the far-right side of the tray.

  4. Place media into the tray (short edge in, print side up). The media should be flush left, under the tab on the left paper guide.

  5. Slide the paper width guide to the left until it lightly touches the media without bending it. Make sure that the media fits under the tab on the paper width guide.

NOTE: Do not add media to Tray 1 while the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer is printing. This could cause a paper jam.

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Using Tray 2

Tray 2 Specifications

Tray 2
Sizes supported:
Legal (8.5 x 14 inches)
A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Letter (8.5 x 11 inches)
Executive (7.25 x 10.5 inches)
B5 (176 x 250 mm)
Capacity:
250 sheets of 16- to 28-lb. bond (60 to 105 g/m sq.)
Weight:
16- to 28-lb. bond (60 to 105 g/m sq.)
Media load:
Print side down, top edge toward the front of the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer

Loading media into Tray 2

  1. Pull Tray 2 straight out of the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer and remove any paper.

  2. Press the top of the green paper width guide toward the center of the tray. The guide should detach from the tray.

    Figure 2: Detaching the guide from the tray

  3. Align the pointer on the end of the guide with the desired paper size.

  4. Insert the two left side tabs into the appropriate holes and push back on the guide to the upright position, snapping the center tab into place.

    NOTE: For A4, Letter, Executive, and B5 paper sizes, skip to step 7 on the following page. For Legal paper size, continue with step 5 below.
  5. Locate the green subtray at the back of Tray 2. Grasp the front corners of the subtray and pull straight up to remove.

    Figure 3: Removing the front tray

  6. Move the subtray to the rear position, aligning the tabs on the front sides of the subtray with the rear grooves. Press the subtray down until it snaps into place.

    NOTE: Continue here if not using Legal paper size.
  7. Press the top of the paper length guide toward the center of the tray. The guide should detach from the tray.

  8. Align the pointer on the left of the guide with the desired paper size. Insert the two front side tabs into the appropriate holes and push back on the guide to the upright position, snapping the center tab into place.

  9. Load up to 250 sheets of paper in the tray. Keep the paper below the arrows on the paper length guide in the rear of the tray. Make sure that the paper is flat in the tray at all four corners. If needed, press on the clip lever to raise the front left metal holder, so the paper will fit underneath.

  10. Slide Tray 2 back into the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer.

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Manual feed printing (pausing between pages)

The manual feed feature allows you to feed paper from Tray 1, rather than automatically feeding from Tray 2.

Manual Feed and Manual Feed with Pause are available in most software applications under the Print or Printer Setup options. Locate the Paper Source choices and select the desired Manual Feed option.

Manual Feed

If the Manual Feed option is turned on, the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer will automatically print on the media loaded in Tray 1. If Tray 1 is empty, the Tray 1 status light will remain on until media has been loaded. The HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer will automatically print once the media is in place.

Manual Feed with Pause

If the Manual Feed with Pause option is turned on, the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer will pause between each page in the print job. When the Tray 1 status light blinks, make sure that the correct media is loaded in Tray 1 and press [Go] to print each page.

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Printing on both sides of media (duplexing)

  1. Print the first side of the media as you normally would.

  2. To print the second side from Tray 1, make sure that the printed side is facing down with the top edge toward the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer.

  3. To print the second side from Tray 2, make sure that the printed side is facing up with the top edge facing you.

Tips for duplex printing

  • Some software applications include "odd pages" and "even pages" printing. If this option is available, print the even pages first using the top output tray, then put the stack right side up in Tray 2, and print the odd pages.

  • Use the "Manual Feed with Pause" option in your software application to pause the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer between sheets of paper, allowing you to insert the pages one at a time.

    NOTE: When the second side is printing, you may experience a higher frequency of paper misfeeds, paper jams, and multi-feeds. The print quality may be different on the second side of the media.

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Printing on labels

Only use labels recommended for laser printers, such as HP LaserJet labels.

  • Print labels from Tray 1.

  • Load labels print side up.

  • Use the rear output tray for labels.

  • Remove labels from the output tray before printing another sheet.

  • Do not use labels that are separating from the backing sheet or are wrinkled or damaged in any way.

  • Do not use label sheets with the backing sheet exposed.

  • Do not feed a sheet of labels through the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer more than once. The adhesive backing is designed for one pass through the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer.

CAUTION: If a sheet of labels becomes jammed in the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer, turn off the printer and remove the toner cartridge.

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Printing on transparencies

Only use transparencies recommended for use in laser printers, such as HP transparency film.

  • Print transparencies from Tray 1.

  • Use the top output tray to reduce curling (this is for transparencies only; for other media, use the back output tray to reduce curling).

  • To avoid transparencies from sticking together, remove any transparencies in the output tray before printing another transparency.

  • Place transparencies on a flat surface after removing them from the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer.

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Printing on envelopes

Before you load envelopes in Tray 1, make sure that they are undamaged and are not stuck together.

CAUTION: Never use envelopes with clasps, snaps, windows, coated linings, self-stick adhesives, or other synthetic materials.
  1. Grasp Tray 1 by the two finger tabs and pull the top down. Pull out the plastic tray extender with the center finger tab.

    Figure 4: Pull out the plastic tray extender with the center finger tab

  2. Open the rear output tray by grasping the center finger tab and pulling the top down. Pull out the tray extender until it snaps into place. (This reduces envelope curling.)

    Figure 5: Pull out the tray extender until it snaps into place

  3. Place envelopes against the left side of the tray, print side up, with the postage end in. Slide the envelopes into the HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer as far as they will go without forcing them.

    Figure 6: Slide the envelopes into the printer as far as they will go

  4. Slide the paper width guide to the left until it lightly touches the right side of the envelope stack.

  5. Make sure that the envelopes fit under the plastic tabs on the paper width guide and the left side of the tray.

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Printing on custom-sized media

Postcards, 3 x 5 (index) cards, and other custom-sized media can be printed from Tray 1.

  • Minimum media size 3 x 5 inches (76 x 127 mm)

  • Maximum media size 8.5 x 14 inches (216 x 356 mm)

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Custom-sized media guidelines

  • Always insert the short edge first into Tray 1. If you want to print in landscape mode, make this selection through your software. Inserting paper long edge first may cause a paper jam.

  • Use the rear output tray to reduce excessive curl.

  • Do not print on media smaller than 3 inches wide (76 mm) or 5 inches tall (127 mm).

  • Set margins at least .14 inch (6.4 mm) away from the edges of the media.

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Media output options

The HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer comes with two output options, the rear output tray and the top output tray. The HP LaserJet 6P/6MP printer will output to the rear output tray if it is in the open position. If the rear output tray is closed, the media will be sent to the top output tray.

Rear Output Tray

The rear output tray provides the straightest paper path. This helps reduce paper curl. Always use the rear output tray when printing on:

  • Labels

  • Envelopes

  • Heavy paper

  • Postcards

To open the rear output tray, grasp the center finger tab and pull the top backward. Pull the tray extender up until it snaps into place.

Top Output Tray

The top output tray provides the flattest paper tray. Always use the top output tray when printing:

  • Transparencies

  • A large print job (over 50 pages)

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