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Canon Pixma MP210: Printer Basics

Canon Pixma MP210: Printer Basics

In this post we will show you how to perform some basic maintenance on the Canon Pixma MP210. These videos and written instructions are essential steps in troubleshooting nearly any print quality issue.

How do I do a test print on a Canon Pixma MP210?

Canon generally refer to these pages as a “Nozzle Check” and they can be performed directly from the printer in just a few steps. We recommend these nozzle check test pages as a first step in troubleshooting print quality issues like prints coming out the wrong colour or even striped prints.



To get your printer to print a Nozzle Check:

  1.  Press the MAINTENANCE button (represented by a screwdriver and a set of pliers) once. “A” will now show on the LCD display.
  2. Press either the BLACK or COLOUR COPY button located towards the bottom right corner of your printer.

The nozzle check will now print and demonstrate all of the colours your printer is capable of printing (black, cyan, magenta and yellow) in several different shades. Using this information it should be fairly evident where to problem lies and we would recommend performing 1-3 cleaning or deep cleaning cycles as detailed below.

How do I do a Cleaning Cycle on a Canon Pixma MP210?

Getting your Canon Pixma MP210 to perform a cleaning cycle is similar to the process mentioned above:

  1.  Press the MAINTENANCE button twice, so that “H” now shows on the LCD display.
  2. Press either the BLACK or COLOUR COPY button located towards the bottom right corner of your printer.

After a cleaning cycle we would recommend printing a nozzle check pattern to check for improvement in print quality. If there are still issues present, I would recommend moving onto a “Deep Cleaning Cycle” as described below.

How do I do a Deep Cleaning Cycle on a Canon Pixma MP210?

Deep cleaning cycles use up more ink, but are an even more thorough way of cleaning the printhead of your Canon Pixma MP210.

To clean the printhead directly from your Canon printer, simply do the following:

  1. Press the MAINTENANCE button of your printer 3 times until “Y” is displayed on the LCD.
  2. Press either the BLACK or COLOUR COPY button.

If you are still experiencing print quality issues after having performed several cleans, we would recommend leaving the printer for 10-15 minutes before cleaning again.


We recommend doing no more then 2-3 cleaning cycles in quick succession to avoid overheating the printhead of your Canon Pixma MP210 inkjet printer.

I hope that you have found the guides above useful, but if you have any other questions please do let us know in the comments below.

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I have been involved in the printer industry since I was 18 and have been an employee of Refresh Cartridges since early 2009. I am a dedicated family man, gamer, music fan and friend to all. I write the majority of the content here on Igloo and am responsible for its upkeep.

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  1. James Hanning

    Hi Matthew.. I wonder if you can help. I have a Canon MP210 which has worked fine most of its life. Recently the quality dipped and I got a message saying the ink absorbers were full. I watched an online video of how to fix it (clean the small pads), and thought I had done so, but it is still saying the ink absorbers are full. The print quality is not good, as if I had not done the job at all. When I cleaned up – by taking the pads out, rather than by running the whole thing under the tap – there was a lot more surplus ink than I was expecting (and than there was on the video), but I wonder if there is some follow-up thing I should be doing.

    Thanks so much for being available for this kind of stuff.

    James Hanning

  2. John Collier

    Hi Matthew

    I have had my Canon PIXMA MP 210 for a number of years and it has been very reliable. Recently it has not been picking up the paper – it makes all the right preliminary noises – but when I hear the noise which normally indicates picking up the paper, nothing happens and it shows the error light. I have checked all the settings for the paper as described in the Quick Start guide but no remedy as yet.

    Do you have any recommendations ?

    John Collier

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