We all know that printers can be quite the pain in the butt, which is why we are here to help you figure things out — at least as far as faxing on your HP OfficeJet 3830 printer goes, anyway. Today, we will walk you through the process and help you learn about common problems that may arise with it. With this, we hope to turn you into a faxing master.
First, turn on your OfficeJet 3830, lift the lid, and place the document you want to fax face down on the glass. On the touchscreen, select “Fax,” and then select “Send Now. From there, press “Enter Fax Number” and then input the number on the touchscreen. Finally, select either “Black” or “Color,” and send!
Read on further for more information about fax settings, common issues, and other features of your OfficeJet 3830.
How do I send a fax?
First, make sure your OfficeJet 3830 is connected to Wi-Fi before attempting to send your fax. On the bottom of the touchscreen after turning on the device, you will see a row of icons, and in the center should be an antenna icon. Select that to set up Wi-Fi connectivity with your device.
If you wish to fax multiple pages at once, you must use the document feeder instead of the scanner. Rather than lifting the lid and placing your document face down on the glass, you will instead lift the flap on the very top of the device, then extend the document feeder out across the top of the printer. Place your multipage document into the feeder, and once you follow the steps above the device will take the documents from the feeder and copy them.
Make sure that after you’ve typed in the fax number, you select either “Black” or “Color”. You MUST select one of these two options in order to successfully send the fax. “Black” is for black and white documents, and “Color” is for documents with color text or photos with a color image. Please be aware that your recipient must have a fax machine that prints in color in order to receive documents in color. If they do not, you should use the “Black” option.
How do I access the fax settings?
To access the fax settings on your device, press the “Fax” option and then look in the bottom left corner of the screen. There should be an icon there shaped like a “gear”. Press that, and it will open the options menu. There you will see a setting labeled “Resolution” and a setting labeled “Lighter/Darker”. Select “Resolution” and you will be able to select between four options: Standard, Fine, Very Fine, and Photo. These options will alter the resolution of the copy of the document you are faxing. Most text documents will be fine with the Standard option, but if the document has a lot of small text you may want to select Fine or Very Fine. If the document has pictures, diagrams, or is a photo, you may want to choose the photo option to ensure your recipient receives the best image quality for your fax.
If you select the “Lighter/Darker” option, you will be greeted with a slider with a smaller light icon on the left, and a larger one on the right. Adjust the slider to the left to make the image darker, and adjust to the right to make the image lighter. This can help with documents that have been copied from another source, that are on darker colored paper, printed photos with a lot of dark ink, etc.
If you have made changes to any of these settings, make sure to select the option on the bottom of the setting screen which reads “Save Current Settings”. That way the changes you’ve made will carry over when you type in the fax number and send the fax.
More Resources for your OfficeJet 3830
Another thing to remember is to make sure you have updated the necessary drivers for both your OfficeJet 3830 and any devices you are connecting to the printer such as laptops and desktop computers. You can find the necessary software drivers on HP’s website here. There are drivers for both Apple Mac and Windows PC, so make sure you download the correct one for your operating system to ensure everything is working smoothly. This includes the installation software, basic drivers, diagnostic tools, and firmware updates from HP for the device.
If you are looking for other information about your OfficeJet 3830, please reference the user manual provided by HP which you can find here. This manual contains detailed information about the other features of your device, including printing, scanning, and how to connect a mobile device. If you are interested in a professional review of your device and a comparison with other all-in-one compact printers, check out PCMag’s review of the OfficeJet 3830 to see how it stacks up to the competition.