Welcome

Thank you for purchasing an HP Photosmart 8400 series printer! With this new photo printer you can print beautiful photos, save photos to a computer, and create fun and easy projects with or without a computer.

This guide primarily explains how to print without connecting a computer. To learn how to print from a computer, install the printer software and view the onscreen Help. For an overview of using a computer and the printer together, see Printing from a computer. For information about installing the software, see the Quick Start booklet.

Among other things, you’ll learn how to:

Print borderless photos with colorful, customized frames.
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See Getting creative.

Transform your photos into instant classics with black-and-white, sepia, and other color effects. See Getting creative.
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Improve the quality of your photos by removing red-eye, brightening, and improving the contrast. See Improving photo quality.
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The printer comes with the following documentation:

  • Quick Start booklet: The HP Photosmart 8400 series Quick Start booklet explains how to set up the printer, install the printer software, and print your first photo.
  • User’s Guide: The HP Photosmart 8400 series User’s Guide is the book you are reading. This book describes the basic features of the printer, explains how to use the printer without connecting a computer, and contains hardware troubleshooting information.
  • HP Photosmart Printer Help: The onscreen HP Photosmart Printer Help describes how to use the printer with a computer and contains software troubleshooting information.

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Chapter 1

After you have installed the HP Photosmart printer software on a computer, you can view the onscreen HP Photosmart Printer Help:

  • Windows PC: From the Start menu, select Programs (in Windows XP, select All Programs) > HP > Photosmart 320, 370, 7400, 7800, 8100, 8400, 8700 series > Photosmart Help.
  • Macintosh: Select Help > Mac Help in the Finder, then select Library > HP Photosmart Printer Help.

Printer parts

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Front of printer

1. Camera port

Use this port to connect a

PictBridge™ digital camera to

the printer, or to insert the

optional HP Bluetooth®

wireless printer adapter.

2. Out tray

Lift this tray to load small

media or to clear front paper

jams.

3. Paper-width guide

Adjust this guide to fit close to

the edge of the paper in the

Main tray.

4. Main tray

Place plain paper,

transparencies, envelopes, or

other media in this tray for

printing.

5. Out tray extender

Lift the tab, then pull it towards

you to extend the Out tray to

catch the printed paper as it is

ejected from the printer.

6. Paper-length guide

Adjust this guide to fit close to

the end of the paper in the

Main tray.

7. Photo tray

Lift the Out tray to load small

photo paper in the Photo tray.

8. Photo tray slider

Push this slider away from you

to engage the Photo tray.

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9. Top cover

Lift this cover to access the

print cartridges and the print

cartridge storage area, and to

clear paper jams.

10. Printer screen

Use this screen to view your

photos and menu options.

11. Memory card slots

Insert memory cards here.

Back of printer

1. Ethernet port

Use this port to connect the

printer to a network.

2. Power cord connection

Use this port to connect the

power cord included with the

printer.

3. USB port

Use this port to connect the

printer to a computer or to an

HP direct-printing digital

camera.

4. Rear access door

Remove this door to clear

paper jams.

Control panel

1. On

Press this button to turn on the printer or put it into power save mode.

2. Save

Press this button to save photos from a memory card to a computer.

3. HP Instant Share

Press this button to send a

photo via e-mail or through the

network (if connected). For

more information, see Getting

connected.

4. Select Photos arrows

Use these arrows to scroll

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through the photos on a

memory card.

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5. Select Photos

Use this button to select the

currently displayed photo or

video frame for printing.

6. Cancel

Press this button to deselect

photos, to exit a menu, or to

stop an action you have

requested.

7. Zoom

Press this button to enter

Zoom mode and zoom in on

the currently displayed photo,

and to exit 9-up view mode.

8. Menu

Press this button to view the

printer menu.

9. Rotate

Press this button to rotate the

currently displayed photo.

10. OK

Press this button to answer

questions on the printer

screen, to select menu options,

to enter 9-up view mode, and

to play a video.

11. Navigation arrows

Use these arrows to scroll

through the printer menu

options, position the crop box,

and control the speed and

direction of video playback.

12. Print

Press this button to print

selected photos from the

inserted memory card.

13. Layout

Press this button to select the

print layout for your photos.

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Indicator lights

  1. On light

–   On—the power is on

Off—the printer is in power-save mode

  1. Paper tray lights

Photo tray light on—the Photo tray is engaged

Main tray light on—the Main tray is engaged

  1. Status light

On (Green)—the power is on and the printer is not printing

Off—the printer is in power-save mode

–   Flashing green—the printer is busy printing

Flashing red—the printer requires attention

  1. Print layout lights

Indicate the current print layout.

  1. Memory card light

On—the memory card is inserted correctly

Off—no memory card is inserted

Flashing—HP Instant Share is being used or information is being transmitted between a memory card and the printer or computer

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Chapter 1

Available accessories

There are several accessories available for the HP Photosmart 8400 series printer that enhance its convenience. The appearance of the accessories may vary from what is shown.
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Accessory name                   Description
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250-sheet paper tray

HP Automatic Two-sided Printing Accessory

HP Auto Two-sided Print Accessory with Small Paper Tray

HP bt300 Bluetooth® wireless printer adapter

Supplement the printer paper capacity with a 250-sheet tray and spend less time monitoring your print jobs. (Model: Q3447A)

This accessory may not be available in all countries/regions.

Print on both sides of a page. You’ll save money (two-sided printing reduces paper consumption) and make bulky documents more manageable. (Model: Q5712A)

This accessory may not be available in all countries/regions.

Print on both sides of a page. You’ll save money (two-sided printing reduces paper consumption) and make bulky documents more manageable. (Model: Q3032A)

In Japan known as: Hagaki Tray with Auto Two-sided Print Accessory

This accessory may not be available in all countries/regions.

The HP bt300 Bluetooth® wireless printer adapter goes into the camera port on the front of the printer and lets you use Bluetooth wireless technology for printing. (Model: Q3395A)

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Printer menu

Press Menu to access the printer menu. If you are viewing a submenu, pressing Menu returns you to the main printer menu.

To navigate the printer menu:

  • Press Navigation or HP Photosmart 8450 User Manual 19 to scroll through the menu options displayed on the printer screen. Menu items that are not accessible are grayed out.
  • Press OK to open a menu or select an option.
  • Press Cancel to exit the current menu.

Printer menu structure
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Top level Submenus/options Additional submenus/options menu

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Printer menu structure (continued)
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Top level Submenus/options

menu

Tools HP Photosmart 8450 User Manual 25 View 9-up

Slide show

Additional submenus/options

  • Green filter
  • No effect (default)

The color effect does not affect frames created with the Add frame option.

Press OK to pause and unpause the slide show; press Cancel to stop the slide show.

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Printer menu structure (continued)
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Top levelSubmenus/optionsAdditional submenus/options
menu
BluetoothDevice addressDevice address:

(Some devices with Bluetooth

wireless technology require you

to enter the address of the

device they are trying to locate.

This menu option shows the

device address.)

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Printer menu structure (continued)
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a PictBridge compatible digital

camera to the printer)

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Printer menu structure (continued)
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Select Size:

If you select On, the printer

prompts you to select the

passport photo size. Passport

mode tells the printer to print all

photos in the selected size.

Each page contains one photo.

However, if you specify several

copies of the same photo, they

all appear on the same page (if

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enough space is available).

You must let photos printed in

passport photo mode dry for a

week before they are laminated.

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Printer menu structure (continued)
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Restores factory settings for all

menu items except Select

language and Select country/

region (under Language in

Preferences menu) and

Bluetooth settings (under

Bluetooth in the main printer

menu). This setting does not

affect HP Instant Share or

Network defaults.

LanguageSelect language:
Select country/region:

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Getting ready to print

Before you can begin printing, there are three easy procedures you should become familiar with:

You must load paper and insert a print cartridge before inserting a memory card.

Loading paper

Learn how to choose the right paper for your print job and how to load it into the correct tray for printing.

Choosing the right paper

For a list of available HP inkjet paper, or to purchase supplies, go to:

To get the best results from the printer, choose from these high-quality HP photo papers.
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To print

High-quality, long-lasting prints and enlargements

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HP Premium Plus photo paper

(Also known as Colorfast Photo Paper in some countries/regions.)

Medium-to-high-resolution images fromHP Premium photo paper
scanners and digital cameras
Casual and business photosHP photo paper
HP Everyday photo paper
Text documents, draft versions, test andHP Premium inkjet paper
alignment pages

To keep your paper in good condition for printing:

  • Store the photo paper in its original packaging or in a resealable plastic bag.
  • Keep the paper flat in a cool, dry place. If the corners curl, place the paper in a plastic bag and gently bend it in the opposite direction until it lies flat.
  • Hold photo paper by the edges to avoid smears.

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Loading your paper

Paper loading tips:

  • You can print photos and documents on a wide variety of paper sizes, from 76 x 127 mm (3 x 5 inches) up to 216 x 356 mm (8.5 x 14 inches), as well as on 216 mm (8.5 inch-wide) banner paper.
  • Before loading paper, slide out the paper-width and length guides to make room for the paper. After loading paper, adjust the guides to fit close to the edges of the paper without bending the paper.
  • Load only one type and size of paper at a time. Do not mix paper types or sizes in the Main input tray or the Photo tray.
  • After loading paper, extend the Out tray extension to hold your printed pages. This prevents printed pages from dropping off of the Out tray.

Use the directions in the following table to load the most commonly used paper sizes into the printer.
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Paper type        How to load
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  • Letter or A41.  Raise the Out tray.

paper 2. Load plain paper, photo

● Transparencies paper, or transparencies

  • 20 x 25 cm (8 xprint-side down. Check

10 inch) photo that the stack of paper is

paper no higher than the top of

the paper-length guide.

3. Pull the Photo tray slider

towards you until it stops.

The Main light illuminates,

meaning that paper from

the Main tray will be used

for the next print job.

4. Lower the Out tray.

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Main tray

1 HP Photosmart 8450 User Manual 49 Out tray

2 Paper-width guide

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4 Photo tray slider

  • 10 x 15 cm (4 x

6 inch) photo paper

  • Index cards
  • Hagaki cards
  • L-size cards
  1. Raise the Out tray.
  1. Load paper print-side down. If you are using tabbed paper, insert the paper so the tab feeds in last.
  1. Lower the Out tray.
  1. Push the Photo tray slider away from you until it stops. The Photo light illuminates, meaning that paper from the Photo tray will be used for the next print job.

Photo tray

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2 Paper-width guide

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Paper type        How to load
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  • 13 x 18 cm (5 x  1.  Remove the Out tray by

7 inch) photo pushing in the buttons on

paper each side and pulling the

● Envelopes tray towards you.

2. Load photo paper print-

side down.

Load envelopes with the

front-side down and with

the flap on the left. Tuck

the flaps inside the

envelopes to avoid paper

jams.

3. Replace the Out tray.

4. Pull the Photo tray slider

towards you until it stops.

The Main light illuminates,

meaning that paper from

the Main tray will be used

for the next print job.

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1 HP Photosmart 8450 User Manual 49 Photo tray slider

Main input tray

1 HP Photosmart 8450 User Manual 49 Out tray

1 HP Photosmart 8450 User Manual 49 Paper-length guide

2 Paper-width guide

Inserting print cartridges

The HP Photosmart 8400 series printer can print color and black-and-white photos. HP provides different types of print cartridges so you can choose the best cartridges for your project. The cartridge numbers you can use in this printer also appear on the back cover.

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For optimum printing results, HP recommends using only HP print cartridges. Inserting a cartridge that is not in this table may invalidate the printer warranty.

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Chapter 2

Caution Check that you are using the correct print cartridges. Also, note that HP does not recommend modifying or refilling HP cartridges. Damage that results from modifying or refilling HP cartridges is not covered by the HP warranty.
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For best print quality, HP recommends that you install all retail print cartridges before the date stamped on the box.

Insert or replace the print cartridges
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Prepare the printer and cartridges

  1. Make sure the power is on and you have removed the cardboard from inside the printer.
  2. Lift the main cover of the printer.
  1. Remove the bright pink tape from all cartridges.

Do not touch the ink nozzles or the copper-colored contacts, and do not re-tape the cartridges.

Remove the pink tape

Do not touch here

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Insert the cartridges

  1. If you are replacing a cartridge, push down and pull outward on the cartridge stall cover to open it and then pull the cartridge out.
  1. Match the symbol on the cartridge label to the correct stall. Hold the cartridge with the label on top and slide it at a slight upward angle into the stall so the copper-colored contacts go in first. Push the cartridge until it snaps into place.
  1. Close the cartridge stall cover.
  1. Repeat the previous steps to install the other cartridges, if necessary.
  1. When you are finished installing cartridges, close the main cover.

You must install all three cartridges in order for the printer to work as intended.

Tip Ink-backup printing mode lets you keep printing even if one of the cartridges fails or runs out of ink. Remove the cartridge and close the main cover to enter ink-backup printing mode. The printer continues to print, but at a slower speed and with inferior print quality. A message reminds you that the printer is in ink-backup printing mode. Replace the cartridge as soon as possible.

The idle screen of the printer displays three icons showing the approximate ink level for each cartridge (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, and nearly empty). Ink-level icons do not appear if any of the installed cartridges are not genuine HP cartridges.

Each time you install or replace a print cartridge, a message prompts you to print an alignment page. This ensures high-quality prints.

Align the cartridges

  1. Load paper in the Main tray.
  1. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the cartridge alignment.

See Aligning the print cartridges.

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When you are not using a print cartridge
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Whenever you remove a print cartridge from the printer, store it in a print cartridge protector, if available. The cartridge protector keeps the ink from drying out. Storing the cartridge improperly can cause the cartridge to malfunction.

  • To insert a cartridge into the cartridge protector, slide the cartridge into the protector at a slight angle and snap it securely into place.

Once you have inserted a cartridge into the

cartridge protector, place it in the storage area

located in the printer under the top cover.

Inserting memory cards

After you have taken pictures with a digital camera, you can remove the memory card from the camera and insert it into the printer to view and print your photos. The printer can read the following types of memory cards: CompactFlash™, Memory Sticks, Microdrive™, MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital™, SmartMedia™, and xD-Picture Card™.

Caution Using any other type of memory card may damage the memory card and the printer.
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To learn about other ways of transferring photos from a digital camera to the printer, see Connecting to other devices.

Supported file formats

The printer can recognize and print the following file formats directly from the memory card: JPEG, uncompressed TIFF, AVI (JPEG compression), QuickTime (JPEG compression), and MPEG-1. If a digital camera saves photos and video clips in other file formats, save the files to a computer and print them using a software application. For more information, see the onscreen HP Photosmart Printer Help.

Inserting a memory card

Find the memory card in the following table and use the instructions to insert the card into the printer.

Guidelines:

  • Insert only one memory card at a time.
  • Gently push the memory card into the printer until it stops. The memory card does not insert all the way into the printer; do not try to force it.

Caution Inserting the memory card any other way may damage the card and the printer.
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When the memory card is inserted correctly, the Memory Card light flashes and then remains solid green.

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