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Printer Test Page in PDF—Color or Black & White

by Hung Nguyen

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Various one-page PDFs for you to test your new printer online—in black and white or color.

Are you looking forward to using your shiny new printer? Time to put it to the test! We’ve prepared two simple documents for you to test if things work correctly, without wasting too much ink. One is in color, and one is in black and white.

If your printer is a little bit older and hasn’t been working properly recently, a printer test page can help identify and address problem areas. It’s better to fix your loyal old printer if there’s still a chance instead of investing in a new one prematurely.

Depending on the version you choose, the printed document should look like one of our printer test PDF pages below.


Test out our printer test page PDF in color (left) or black and white (right)

How To Perform a Printer Test With PDFs

  1. Choose one of the printer test PDFs above.

  2. On the next tab, add more text or colors (optional).

  3. Click on the three lines on the left and choose “Print.”

  4. Alternatively, hit Ctrl+P (Windows) or Cmd+P (Mac).

  5. Print your test document and see if it looks right.

Should I Choose the Color or B&W Printer Test Page?


That depends. If your printer is new and you want to see if everything works just right, try the color version. It’ll test the color quality, black-and-white text, and background results.

If your printer has been acting up lately, however, you may be able to address the problem more specifically. For example, if you had problems with text being printed blurry or stripey, it’s most likely enough to print the black and white printer test page. If colors in image prints were blotted or spotty, you’d want to test if your attempts at fixing the problem were successful with the color printer test page.

Either way, make sure to keep your printhead clean and consult the device’s manual often; you’ll find handy tips for fixing issues yourself.

Print Less by Going Digital


We get it; even though 2020 has helped us take a big leap into a much more digital workplace, paperwork will always be a part of many of our jobs. However, whenever you can, work smarter by creating, managing, and collaborating on digital documents online.

Smallpdf offers 20+ top-notch PDF tools for you to compress large PDFs for emailing, electronically sign contracts, convert scanned PDFs into editable Word documents, and more. You’ll also find a host of free and customizable templates designed to help you work faster. Give us a try!

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Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf