HP LaserJet 5100 Printer series - Printing Envelopes

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Printing Envelopes

Many types of envelopes can be printed from Tray 1. (Up to 10 can
be stacked in the tray.) Printing performance depends on the
construction of the envelope. Always test a few sample envelopes
before purchasing a large quantity.

Set margins at least 0.6 inch (15 mm) from the edge of the

To minimize curl and wrinkling, always print envelopes to the rear
output bin.

When you print large numbers of envelopes and standard paper,
for best printing performance print paper first, then envelopes. To
alternate paper and envelopes, from the Configuration Menu in the
printer’s control panel select




Never use envelopes with coated linings, exposed self-stick
adhesives, or other synthetic materials. These items can emit
noxious fumes.


Envelopes with clasps, snaps, windows, coated linings, exposed
self-stick adhesives, or other synthetic materials can severely
damage the printer.

To avoid jamming and possible printer damage, never try to print on
both sides of an envelope.

Before you load envelopes, make sure they are flat and not
damaged or stuck together. Do not use envelopes with
pressure-sensitive adhesive. (For envelope specifications, see
page A-9.)

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Chapter 2: Printing Tasks


Loading Envelopes in Tray 1

1 Open Tray 1 and pull out the tray

extension. If the envelopes are
longer than 9 inches (229 mm), flip
open the second tray extension.

2 Open the rear output bin and pull out

the tray extension. (This reduces
envelope curl and wrinkling.)

3 Load up to 10 envelopes in the

center of Tray 1 with the
side-to-be-printed facing up, and the
postage-end toward the front of the
tray. Slide the envelopes into the
printer as far as they will go without
forcing them.

4 Adjust the guides to touch the

envelope stack without bending the
envelopes. Make sure the
envelopes fit under the tabs on the

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Chapter 2: Printing Tasks