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HP LaserJet 4200 and 4300 Series Printers - Selecting How the Printer Pulls Paper

Introduction

When the HP LaserJet 4200 or 4300 series printer receives a print job, it selects the tray by trying to match the requested paper type and size with what has been loaded in the trays. Using an "auto-select" process, it searches all available trays for the paper that satisfies the request, starting with the bottom tray and ending with the top tray (Tray 1). The printer begins printing the job as soon as it finds the proper type/size.

NOTE: The "auto-select" process occurs only if no specific tray is requested for the job. If a specific tray is requested, the job prints from the requested tray.
  • If paper is loaded in Tray 1 and Tray 1 is set TRAY 1 TYPE=ANY and TRAY 1 SIZE=ANY on the Paper Handling menu, the printer will always pull paper from Tray 1 first. See "Customizing Tray 1 operation " below, or the printer's User Guide for more information.

    To view and download the User Guide for the HP LaserJet 4200 and 4300 Series Printers, CLICK HERE.

  • If the search fails, a message appears on the printer control panel display requesting that the correct paper type/size be loaded. That paper type/size can be loaded, or the request can be over-ridden by selecting a different type/size at the printer control panel.

  • If a tray runs out of paper during a print job, the printer automatically switches to any tray that contains the same paper type/size.

Customizing Tray 1 operation

The auto-select process changes somewhat if the Tray 1 operation is customized or if Tray 1 is set for manual feed.

The printer can be set to print from Tray 1, as long as it is loaded, or to print only from Tray 1, if the type of paper loaded is specifically requested. If the printer displays a prompt asking if it can pull paper from Tray 1, then it cannot find the type and size that was requested, in any other tray.

The printer can be set up to always display a prompt before pulling from Tray 1 or to only display a prompt if Tray 1 is empty. To access this option, go to the Configure Device menu, and then go to the System Setup submenu to access the USE REQUESTED TRAY setting.

Setting explanations

TRAY 1 TYPE=ANY

TRAY 1 SIZE=ANY

The previous settings mean that the printer usually pulls paper from Tray 1 first unless it is empty or closed. If paper is not kept in Tray 1 all the time, or if Tray 1 is only used for manually feeding paper, keep the default setting of TRAY 1 TYPE=ANY and TRAY 1 SIZE=ANY on the Paper Handling menu.

TRAY 1 TYPE or SIZE= a type other than ANY

The previous setting means that the printer treats Tray 1 like the other tray. Instead of looking for paper in Tray 1 first, the printer pulls paper from the tray that matches the type and size settings selected from the software.

In the printer driver, paper can be selected from any tray (including Tray 1) by type, size, or source. To print by type and size of paper, see "Printing by type and size of paper (locking trays)" in the Use Guide .

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Printing by type and size of paper (locking trays)

Printing by type and size is a way to be sure that print jobs always print on the specific paper. The trays can be configured for the type (such as plain or letterhead) and size (such as letter or A4) of paper loaded in them.

If the trays are configured in this way, and then a certain type and size of paper is selected in the printer driver, the printer automatically selects the tray loaded with that type or size; you no longer have to select a specific tray (selecting by source).

Configuring the printer this way is especially helpful if the printer is shared, and more than one person loads or removes paper frequently. Some older model printers have a feature that "locks out" trays to prevent printing on the wrong paper. Printing by type and size of paper eliminates the need to lock out trays.

NOTE: To print by type and size from Tray 2, the optional trays, or the optional envelope feeder, it might be necessary to unload Tray 1 and close it, or set TRAY 1 TYPE and TRAY 1 SIZE to types other than ANY on the Paper Handling menu at the printer control panel.
NOTE: Settings in a program or the printer driver override control panel settings. (Program settings generally override printer driver settings.)

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Printing by type and size of paper

  1. Be sure to load the trays correctly.

  2. At the printer control panel, open the Paper Handling menu.

  3. Select the paper type for each tray. If unsure which type is being loaded (such as bond or recycled), check the label on the package of paper.

  4. Select the paper size settings at the printer control panel.

    • Tray 1: Set the paper size on the Paper Handling menu if the printer is set to TRAY 1 TYPE= a type other than ANY. If custom paper is loaded, also set the custom-paper size on the Paper Handling menu.

    • Tray 2 and optional 500-sheet trays: Standard paper sizes are automatically detected if paper is properly loaded in the tray and the guides are properly adjusted. If custom paper is loaded, set the knob in the tray to Custom and set the custom-paper size on the Paper Handling menu. (For more information, see "Guidelines for custom-size paper " in the Use Guide .)

    • Optional 1,500-sheet tray: Standard paper sizes are automatically detected if paper is properly loaded in the tray and the guides are properly adjusted. Custom paper is not supported.

    • Optional envelope feeder: Set the paper size on the Paper Handling menu.

  5. In the program or printer driver, select the type and size of paper.

    NOTE: The type and size settings can also be configured in the HP Web Jetadmin software for networked printers.

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