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HP Color LaserJet CM4730 MFP Series Product - Configure trays

The MFP automatically prompts you to configure a tray for type and size in the following situations:

  • When you load paper into the tray

  • When you specify a particular tray or media type for a print job through the printer driver or a software program and the tray is not configured to match the print-job’s settings

The following message appears on the control panel:Tray <X> [type] [size] To change size or type, touch “Modify”. To accept, touch “OK”. .

The prompt does not appear if you are printing from tray 1 and tray 1 is configured for Any Size and Any Type .
If you have used other HP LaserJet printer models, you might be accustomed to configuring tray 1 to First mode or Cassette mode. On HP Color LaserJet CM4730 MFP series, setting tray 1 size and type to Any Size is equivalent to First mode. Setting size or type for tray 1 to a setting other than Any Size is equivalent to Cassette mode.

Configure a tray when loading paper

  1. Load paper in the tray. Close the tray if you are using tray 2, 3, or 4.

  2. The tray configuration message appears.

  3. Touch OK to accept the detected size, or touch Modify to choose a different paper size.

  4. If modifying the tray configuration, select the size.

    The MFP automatically detects most media sizes in trays 2, 3, and 4.
  5. If modifying the tray configuration, select the paper type.

  6. Touch Exit .

Configure a tray to match print job settings

  1. In the software program, specify the source tray, the paper size, and the paper type.

  2. Send the job to the MFP.

    If the tray needs to be configured, the LOAD TRAY X: message appears.

  3. If the highlighted size is not correct, touch X MILLIMETERS . Then use the numeric keypad to set the X and Y dimensions.

  4. If the highlighted paper type is not correct, touch Paper Handling and select the paper type.

  5. Touch OK .

  6. Touch Exit .

Configure a tray by using the Supplies Status menu

You can also configure the trays for type and size without a prompt from the MFP.

  1. Scroll to and touch Supplies Status .

  2. Touch the desired tray.

  3. Touch Modify .

  4. Select the size and type. If you select a custom type, use the numeric keypad to set the X dimension and the Y dimension, and then touch OK .

  5. Touch OK .

  6. Touch OK again.

Automatic media type sensing (auto sense mode)

The automatic media type sensor functions only when that tray is configured to Any Type. Configuring a tray to any other type, such as Bond or Glossy, deactivates the media sensor in that tray.

The HP Color LaserJet CM4730 Series printers can automatically classify media into one of the following categories:

  • Plain

  • Transparency

  • Glossy

  • Extra-heavy glossy

  • Glossy film

  • Heavy

  • Light

Tray 1 sensing

Full sensing (default)

  • The printer stops at each page to sense media type. This is the best mode for using mixed media in a single print job.

Expanded sensing

  • Each time the printer begins a print job, it stops the first page to sense the type.

  • The printer assumes that the second and all subsequent pages are of the same media type as the first page.

  • This is the second-fastest mode, and is useful for using stacks of the same media type.

Transparency

  • The printer does not stop any pages for sensing but distinguishes between transparencies (Transparency mode) and paper (Normal mode).

  • This is the fastest mode and is useful for high-volume printing in Normal mode.

Tray 2–4 sensing

Expanded sensing

  • The printer stops the first five pages fed from each paper tray to sense the type and averages the five results.

  • The printer assumes that the sixth and all subsequent pages are of the same media type, until the printer is turned off or goes into sleep mode, or until the tray is opened.

Transparency only (default)

  • The printer does not stop any pages for sensing but distinguishes between transparencies (Transparency mode) and paper (Normal mode).

  • This is the fastest mode and is useful for high-volume printing in Normal mode.

Select the media by source, type, or size

In the Microsoft Windows operating system, three settings affect how the printer driver tries to pull media when you send a print job.

Source , Type , and Size settings appear in the Page Setup , Print , or Print Properties dialog boxes in most software programs.

Unless you change these settings, the MFP automatically selects a tray using the default settings.

Source

To print by Source select a specific tray from MFP to pull from. The MFP tries to print from this tray, no matter what type or size is loaded.

If you select a tray that is configured for a type or size that does not match your print job, the MFP does not print automatically. Instead, it waits for you to load the tray with the type or size of print media for your print job.

If you load the tray, the MFP begins printing.

Type and Size

Printing by Type or Size means that you want the MFP to pull from the tray that is loaded with the correct type and size of media.

Selecting media by type rather than source is similar to locking out trays and helps protect special media from accidental use.

For example, if a tray is configured for letterhead and you select plain paper, the MFP will not pull the letterhead from that tray. Instead, it will pull from a tray that has plain paper loaded and is configured for plain paper on the MFP control panel.

Selecting media by Type and Size results in significantly better print quality for heavy paper, glossy paper, and transparencies.

Using the wrong setting might result in unsatisfactory print quality. Always print by Type for special print media, such as labels or transparencies. Print by Size for envelopes, if possible.

  • To print by Type or Size, select the Type or Size from the Page Setup dialog box, the Print dialog box, or the Print Properties dialog box, depending on the software program.

  • If you often print on a certain type or size of media, configure a tray for that type or size. Then, when you select that type or size as you print a job, the MFP pulls media from the tray that is configured for that type or size.

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