How To Print On Card Stock With HP Printers

by Chris & Marry

Cardstock is a very useful print media, especially for those who want to print business cards, birthday and greetings cards, or something fancy for an invitation.

Many HP Printers are suitable for printing on cardstock and do the job very well. In this article, we will tell you how to change the settings on a cardstock compatible HP printer so that you can get the very best print on cardstock at home.

How To Print On Card Stock With HP Printers

How To Print On Card Stock With Hp Printers
How To Print On Card Stock With Hp Printers

A. Cardstock Type

As we just said, not all HP Printers are compatible with cardstock. Not only that, some HP printers can handle thicker cardstock than others.

Therefore, the first thing you need to do is check your HP Printer model to see what type of cardstock you can use and whether it has an HP Printer cardstock setting. Once you have found your printer's model number, the easiest thing to do is go to the HP website and check the printer specifications.

Under the specifications, you can see the thickness and weight of paper that can be used with the printer, as well as whether your printer has a specific tray for putting cardstock in.

It is important that you do not use print media outside the parameters set by HP for a specific printer model. To do so will cause damage to the printer and may stop the printer from working altogether.

B. Change Printer Tray Settings

The way to do this may change from model to model, so we will give you a general idea of how to do this.

We need to change the printer tray settings so that the printer knows we are using a heavier print media than normal.

To do this, go to the control panel for your printer.

  1. Click 'Select' followed by 'Paper Handling'.
  2. After this, you will need to scroll through a menu.
  3. Once you find 'Tray', select this, followed by 'Heavy' or 'Card Stock' depending on the option you have available.
  4. To close the menu, press 'Resume'.

C. Adjust The Printer Settings

  1. Select the file you wish to print.
  2. Click File>Print>Properties>Paper/Paper Quality>Card Stock
  3. Alternatively, instead of selecting 'Card Stock', you can select the weight of the cardstock from the list of paper types.
  4. Finally, when ready, select 'OK'.

D. Feeding Cardstock Into Printer

Your printer is now ready to print on cardstock.

We recommend, even if the printer can hold multiple pieces of cardstock, that you manually feed the printer one piece of cardstock at a time.

Doing this ensures the paper feeds properly and is less likely to cause a printer jam.

Additionally, ensure you check each piece of cardstock for any damage before printing. Feeding damaged cardstock into a printer can cause the cardstock to get stuck, and you will then have to spend time fixing the printer.


Ensure you change the settings on your printer and the on your computer to print the best you can on cardstock.

Just be careful that you aren't using a type of cardstock that your HP Printer can't handle.

From the HP ENVY 4500 to other HP models, this guide should get your printing up to speed.

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About Chris & Marry

Chris and Mary fell in love with printmaking in college, and they've been exploring the art form ever since. They are experts in the field, and have written extensively about printer troubleshooting and printmaking. These days, they love to write about their experiences with printmaking and share tips with other artists. They are always learning new things about the art form, and they can't wait to see what the future holds for them as printmakers.

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