Install print cartridges
When you need to replace print cartridges, make sure you have the correct print
cartridges for the printer, and then install them in the print cartridge cradle.
Print cartridge combinations
For printing most documents, use the tri-color print cartridge and the black print cartridge.
When printing photos, use the photo print cartridge along with the tri-color print cartridge.
For printing high-quality black-and-white photographs, use the gray photo print cartridge
in conjunction with the tri-color print cartridge.
Always install the tri-color print cartridge in the left side of the print cartridge cradle.
Install the black, photo print cartridge, or the gray photo print cartridge in the right side
of the print cartridge cradle.
To easily identify the correct side of the cradle in which to install the print
cartridge, match the symbol on the print cartridge label with the symbol above the
print cartridge cradle.
When buying replacement print cartridges, look for the print cartridge selection number.
You can find the selection number in three places:
Selection number label: Look at the label on the print cartridge that you are replacing.
HP Deskjet 6980 series
1 Selection number label
Printer documentation: For a list of print cartridge selection numbers, see the
reference guide that came with the printer.
Print Cartridge Information dialog box: For a list of print cartridge selection numbers,
open the printer
, click the
Estimated Ink Level
tab, and then click the
The printer can operate with only one print cartridge installed. For more information, see
Follow these steps to install a print cartridge:
Verify that the printer is turned on.
Load Letter or A4 plain, white paper in the In tray.
Open the printer cover.
Wait until the print cartridge cradle moves to the right side of the printer and is idle
and silent, and then lift the print cartridge latch to the open position.
Slide the print cartridge out of the print cartridge cradle.
Remove the replacement print cartridge from its packaging and carefully remove the
plastic tape. Hold the print cartridge so that the copper strips are on the bottom and
facing toward the printer.
1 Remove plastic tape
Do not touch the print cartridge ink nozzles or copper contacts.
Touching these parts will result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical
connections. Do not remove the copper strips. They are required electrical
Hold the print cartridge so that the copper strips are on the bottom and facing toward
the printer, and then slide the print cartridge into the cradle as shown.
HP Deskjet 6980 series
Push down on the print cartridge latch until it snaps closed.
Close the printer cover.
The printer automatically prints a calibration page.
For information about storing print cartridges, see
Maintain print cartridges
For information about recycling empty print cartridges, see
Print cartridge recovery
Keep both new and used print cartridges out of the reach of children.