How to Find your Printer Model

by : James Kara Murat

Looking for your printer model number is not all that difficult. What is considered a model number, however, may be just a bit more confusing. Fortunately, if you are trying to communicate with the printer manufacturer you will likely only need the model name and series of your hp, Cannon, Epson or Brother printer.

Where to look

Ever heard of the saying; if it were any closer it would have bitten you? Well, this holds true for finding a printer model or series number. Given the way that most computer engineers think you might believe that taking the printer apart is necessary to find the printer model or printer series. This is not true. In most cases, the model name and series number the customer service representative will need is actually right there on the front of the printer. After all, if it is easy for you to find it will be easier for them to help you troubleshoot the printer when you are in crisis mode.

Finding the serial number

When it comes to finding the serial number of your HP, Cannon, Epson or Brother printer you will need to look a bit closer. On the back of most of these printers you will see a white rectangular sticker. In all likelihood it will have the printer company logo shown in a big way. The "UL" logo for Underwriters Laboratories will also be found on the sticker.

What you are looking for, however, is the always present barcode symbols that everything has on them these days. Numbers will be above the barcodes. There will likely be two barcodes here. One is a product code, which you really do not care about, and the other is the serial number which identifies that particular printer. If, by chance there is no sticker on the back of the printer check under the lid or open the printer up and it should be there. In any case, these stickers are usually about 3x5 inches in size and have all sorts of other inconsequential symbols on them that you really don't care or need to know about.

One last place to look

If you have looked all around the printer for; the printer model, serial number sticker and/or series and make of the printer with no luck try going to the printer test page option on the computer. Print out a test page and everything will usually be there. All this may sound like it is involved but it really will only take seconds.