Canon MP140, MP160, MP180, MP210, MP220, MP460, MP470, MP500, MP510, MP530, MP600, MP610, MP800, MP820, MP810, MP830, MP960, MP970 Waste Ink Tank Reset Instructions

Every time your printer runs a head cleaning routine, it takes ink from the cartridge, and forces it through the print head in order to try and clear any blockages.  This ink ends up in the waste ink tank.

After you have printed a certain number of pages, the printer will automatically say that the waste ink tank is full, invariably though, it isn’t anywhere close to being full.

You can reset this page counter by following the instructions below.

Please note, you do this at your own risk, if your waste tank is nearly full, you could soon have a lot of ink all over your desk!

1] Switch the printer off

2] Press and hold Resume Button (triangle in the circle) and press Power button, green led should be on

3] While holding the Power button, release the Resume Button

4] Without releasing the Power Button, press Resume button twice and release both buttons

5] Press Resume 4 times then press Power button to confirm the selected action (reset counter absorber)

6] Turn off the printer and turn on again


1] Turn off; hold Resume (red triangle in a circle)

2] Press and hold the Power button

3] Release Resume while still holding Power

4] Press Resume twice then release Power,

5] Printer will start in Canon Mode, wait till ‘Idle’ is displayed

6] Press Resume 4 times

7] Press Power to confirm

8] Press Power to turn off

Once restarted the machine will function as normal.

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