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HP OfficeJet 8010, Pro 8020 and 8030 printers - First time printer setup

To set up a printer for the first time, remove the printer from the box, connect the power cord, install the ink cartridges, load paper, and then align the printhead.


If you are looking for the printer software, go to 123.hp.com.

Remove the printer from the box

Remove the printer from the box, and then remove all tape, stickers, and packing materials.

  1. Remove the printer from the box.

  2. Remove the film from the printer control panel.

    Removing tape from the printer
  3. Lift the scanner lid, and then remove the packing material from the scanner glass.

    Removing packing material from scanner bed
  4. Close the scanner lid.

    Closing the scanner lid

Connect the power cord and set your preferences

Plug the printer into an electrical outlet, turn on the printer, and then set your preferences.


Do not connect a USB cable at this time. The connection to the computer is established during the software installation.

  1. Connect the power cord to the rear of the printer, and then plug the other end of the power cord into an electrical outlet.

    Connecting the power cord
  2. If the printer does not turn on automatically, press the Power button.

  3. On the printer control panel, touch your preferred language, and then touch Confirm.

  4. Touch your country/region, and then touch Confirm.

Install the ink cartridges

Install the HP ink cartridges that came with your printer.

  1. Open the front door, and then lift the ink cartridge access door.

    Opening the printer doors
  2. Wait until the carriage stops moving before you continue.

  3. Remove the protective plastic from the carriage.

    Removing the packing material from the carriage
  4. Remove an ink cartridge from its package, and then pull the orange pull-tab straight back to remove the plastic wrap.


    Completely remove the-tab and plastic wrap before removing the orange cap in the next step. Otherwise, ink might leak.

    Pulling the orange tab on the wrapper straight back
  5. Hold the ink cartridge by its sides, and then twist the orange cap counter-clockwise to remove it from the ink cartridge.

    Twisting the orange cap to snap it off the cartridge
  6. Slide the ink cartridge into its slot, and then press down on the ink cartridge until it snaps into place.

    Installing the ink cartridge
  7. Repeat these steps to install the other ink cartridges.

  8. Close the front door and ink cartridge access door.

  9. When the printer finishes initializing, touch OK.

Load paper into the input tray

Load plain U.S. letter or A4 paper in the input tray, and then align the printhead with an automated tool.

  1. Slide out the input tray, remove any packing material, and then slide out the paper guides.

    Opening the input tray and sliding out the paper guides
  2. Load plain white paper into the input tray with the short edge forward and the print side down.

    Loading paper in the input tray
  3. Slide in the paper width guides in until they rest against the edges of the paper.

    Sliding in the paper width guides
  4. Insert the input tray into the printer.

  5. On the printer control panel, touch OK.

    An alignment page prints.

  6. Open the scanner lid, and then place the alignment page on the scanner glass. Place the page face down with the top of the page aligned to the engraved guides near the back corner of the glass.

    Placing the alignment page on the scanner glass
  7. Close the scanner lid, and then touch Scan.

    The printer scans the alignment page, and an Alignment Successful message displays on the control panel.

  8. Recycle the alignment page and packing materials.

Connect the fax cables (8020 and 8030 models)

If you plan on using the fax feature, use the fax cord that came with your printer to connect to an available landline.

Connect the fax cord to the phone wall jack, and then connect the other end into the LINE port jack on the rear of the printer.

If you are using an answering machine, connect the fax cord to the machine, and then connect the other end to the EXT fax port jack .

For additional information, go to How to Fax.

Install the printer software

Your HP printer hardware is now set up, and you can install the printing software. Do not attempt to connect the printer until instructed to do so during software installation.

Download the latest version of the printing software or the HP Smart app from 123.hp.com.






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