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HP LaserJet Pro - Configure trays

Learn how to set up the HP LaserJet Pro printer to handle specific sizes and types of paper.

By default, the printer pulls paper from Tray 1. If Tray 1 is empty, the printer pulls paper from Tray 2 (or Tray 3, if it is installed).

Configuring the tray on the printer changes the heat and speed settings to obtain the best print quality for the type of paper being used. If you are using special paper for all (or most) print jobs on the printer, change the default setting on the printer.

The following table lists possible ways you can use the tray settings to meet your printing needs:

Scenarios for using tray settings

Paper use scenario

Configure the printer

Print

Tray 1 and one other tray are loaded with the same paper and you want the printer to pick paper from one tray if the other one is empty

Load paper in Tray 1.

No configuration is needed if the default settings for type and size have not been changed.

From the software program, print the job.

You want to use special paper occasionally, such as heavy paper or letterhead, from a tray that usually contains plain paper

Load special paper in Tray 1.

No configuration is needed if the default settings for type and size have not been changed.

From the Print dialog in the software program, choose the paper type that matches the special paper loaded in the tray before sending the print job.

You frequently use special paper, such as heavy paper or letterhead, from one tray

Load special paper in Tray 1, and then use the instructions in this document to configure the tray for the paper type.

From the Print dialog in the software program, choose the paper type that matches the special paper loaded in the tray before sending the print job.

The steps to configure trays vary according to the type of control panel.

Touchscreen with white background

White control panel examples

Touchscreen with black background

Black control panel examples

2-line LCD with keypad

2-line control panel examples

Find your printer type in the options listed below and then follow the steps to configure the default paper size and type settings for a particular tray.

Touchscreen control panel with white background

Follow these steps for printers that have a touchscreen control panel with a white display background: M428-M429, M454dw, M479

Touchscreen with white background

White control panel examples
  1. From the Home screen on the printer control panel, swipe the tab at the top of the screen downward to open the Dashboard, and then touch the Setup icon Setup icon.

  2. Touch Paper Setup.

  3. Select the tray from the list.

  4. Select Paper Type, and then select the desired paper type for the tray.

  5. Select Paper Size, and then select the desired paper size for the tray.

Touchscreen control panel with black background

Follow these steps for printers that have a touchscreen control panel with a black display background.

Touchscreen with black background

Black control panel examples
  1. From the Home screen on the printer control panel, touch the Setup icon Setup icon (or Setup icon).

  2. Open the System Setup menu, and then open the Paper Setup menu.

  3. Select the tray that you want to configure.

  4. Select Paper Type, and then select the desired paper type for the tray.

  5. Select Paper Size, and then select the desired paper size for the tray.

2-line LCD control panel

Follow these steps for printers that have a 2-line LCD control panel with physical buttons to press.

2-line LCD with keypad

2-line control panel examples
  1. On the printer control panel, press the OK button to display the Home screen.

  2. Use the arrow buttons and the OK button to navigate to and open the Paper Setup menu. For some models, open the System Setup menu first, and then the Paper Setup menu.

  3. Select the tray that you want to configure.

  4. Change the desired Paper Size and Paper Type settings, then click OK or Apply.


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