HP Officejet Pro 8100 - Configure trays

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Configure trays

NOTE: Tray 2 is an optional accessory. For ordering information, see Order
printing supplies online.
To configure the trays, you must have Tray 2 installed and turned on.

By default, the printer draws media from Tray 1. If Tray 1 is empty, the printer draws
media from Tray 2 (if it is installed and loaded with media). You can change this default
behavior by using the following features:

Tray Lock: Use this feature to protect special media such as letterhead or
preprinted media from accidental use. If the printer runs out of media while
printing a document, it will not use media from a locked tray to complete the print

Default Tray: Use this feature to determine the first tray from which the printer
draws media.

NOTE: To use the tray lock and default tray settings, you must select the
automatic tray selection option in the printer software. Also, if the printer is on a
network and you set a default tray, the setting will affect all users of the printer.

Tray 2 is designed to hold only plain paper.
The following table lists possible ways you can use the tray settings to meet your
printing needs.

I want to...

Follow these steps

Load both trays with the same media, and
have the printer pick media from one tray if the
other one is empty.

Load media in Tray 1 and Tray 2. For
more information, see Load media.

Make sure tray lock is disabled.

Have both special media (such as letterhead)
and plain paper loaded in the trays.

Load special media in Tray 1 and plain
paper in Tray 2.

Make sure the default tray is set to Tray

Make sure tray lock is set to Tray 1.

Install the accessories


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I want to...

Follow these steps

Load media in both trays but have the printer
pick media from a specific tray first.

Load media in Tray 1 and Tray 2.

Make sure default tray is set to the
appropriate tray.

To configure the trays

Make sure the printer is turned on.


Perform one of the following:

Embedded web server

Click the Settings tab and click Paper Handling in the left panel.

Print driver (Windows)
To configure default tray, complete the following steps:

Click Start, and then click Printers or Printers and Faxes or Devices and
- Or -
Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Printers.


Right-click the printer icon, and then click Printer Properties or Printing


Click the Paper/Quality tab.


In the Tray Selection group, select the desired tray from the Paper Source
drop-down list.

HP Printer Utility (Mac OS X)

Click Paper Handling from the Printer Settings panel.


Click OK or Apply after changing the desired tray settings.