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HP Designjet T770 and T1200 Printer Series - The front panel

The front panel

Your printer's front panel is located on the front of the printer, in the center. It has the following important functions:

  • Assists you in troubleshooting issues

  • Is used to perform certain procedures, such as cutting and unloading paper

  • Displays helpful animations to guide you through procedures

  • Displays up-to-date information about the status of the printer such as, the ink cartridges, the printheads, the paper and the print jobs

  • Displays warning and error messages, when appropriate, along with audio alerts to call attention to a warning or message

  • Can be used to change the values of printer settings and thus change the operation of the printer. However, settings in the front panel are overridden by settings in the printer drivers, see Installing the software

HP Designjet T1200 series
HP Designjet T770 series

The front panel has the following components, starting with the four direct-access keys:

  1. View ink levels key: see Check the ink cartridges status .

  2. View information key. By pressing this key repeatedly, you can see information about all loaded papers (roll 1, roll 2, sheet) and about the printer's connection to the computer. See View information about the paper .

  3. Pause printing key (T1200 series) pauses printing after finishing the current page. Press the key again to restart printing. This can be useful, for instance, when you want to change or load a roll.

    Unload paper key (T770 series) unloads the currently-loaded paper (roll or sheet).

  4. Form feed and cut key: see Feed and cut the paper .

  5. Front-panel display - Displays errors, warnings and information on using your printer.

  6. Back key - To go to the previous step in a procedure or interaction. To go to the upper level, or leave the option in the menu, or when given an option.

  7. Menu key - Press to return to the main menu of the front-panel display. If you are already on the main menu it will display the status screen.

  8. Down key - To go down in a menu or option, or to decrease a value, for example when configuring the front-panel display contrast or the IP address.

  9. Power key - To turn the printer off or on, it also has a light to indicate the printer's status. If the power key light is off the printer is off. If the power key light is blinking green, the printer is starting up. If the power key light is green on, the printer is on. If the power key light is amber on, the printer is in standby. If the power key light is blinking amber, the printer needs attention.

  10. Cancel key - To abort a procedure or interaction.

  11. Up key - To go up in a menu or option, or to increase a value, for example when configuring the front-panel display contrast or the IP address.

  12. OK key - To confirm an action while in a procedure or interaction. To enter in a submenu in the menu. To select a value when given an option. If the status screen is displayed, this key takes you to the main menu.

  13. Status light - Indicates the printer's status. If the Status light is solid green, the printer is ready. If it is flashing green, the printer is busy. If it is solid amber, there is a system error. If it is flashing amber, the printer needs attention.

To highlight an item in the front-panel display, press the Up or Down key until the item is highlighted.

To select an item in the front-panel display, first highlight it and then press the OK key.

When this guide shows a series of front-panel display items like this: Item1 > Item2 > Item3 , it means that you should select Item1 , then select Item2 , then select Item3 .

Information about specific uses of the front panel can be found throughout this guide.

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