11-07-2015 01:22 PM
Why didn't Canon design the top tray to print envelopes?
When I asked about other printers that can print envelopes, I received this response:
"All of MG and MX series printers can print single envelopes. Of those printers the PIXMA MG2920 has a rear feed."
I need to follow up and see if any other models might have a top tray that can print envelopes.
11-07-2015 06:09 PM
So apparently there are printer models that do what I want:
"The printers in the PIXMA series that have 2 paper trays are all like the MX922 in that envelopes only feed from the same tray that holds Letter sized paper.
The printers in the MAXIFY series with 2 paper trays may work better for you. You can put envelopes in the top tray and keep Letter paper in the bottom tray. The models that allow for this are the MAXIFY MB2320 and the MAXIFY MB5320."
The MB2320 is $69.99 at Amazon and is eligible for Prime.
I think I will return my MX922 and get this one.
07-13-2016 09:51 AM
I just printed a #10 envelope without removing paper from the tray. I just pulled out the tray far enough to place the envelope, face down, on top of the stack of paper. I centered it by eye, pushed the tray back in, and the envelope printed perfectly.
07-14-2016 11:25 AM
Sure - just pull the lower tray out a few inches, place the envelope face down on top of your paper stack, centered. Slide the envelope back until it hits the stop - make sure it's centered and straight (I put a small red dot dead center on the grey paper guide with a Sharpie to give me a visual cue, but it's easy to eyeball it). Close the tray and print! I just got this printer a few days ago and have printed several envelopes using this method. It works perfectly. Quick and easy without having to remove the paper. I use the same method to print "deposit only" info on the backs of business checks I receive. Much easier than on my old Epson printer with a rear paper feed. On the Epson, I had to adjust the paper guides on the rear feed to fit the envelope or check, select "print", choose rear paper cassete - when I'd hit "okay", the window would minimize, so I'd have to open the document window again to select "print." With the Canon, I just open the tray a little, place the envelope/check in the center, hit "quick print", and I'm done.
08-04-2016 04:09 PM
I figured out how to print a single #10 envelope without having to remove paper from the bottom cassette. In my example I used MS Word. Set up the paper size in Word to 5x7 printing in landscape mode. The 5x7 size will trigger the paper to draw from the upper cassette. You need to lay out the address and return address on the 5x7 page but there is enough printable space to make it work.
I know #10 envelopes don't fit into the upper cassette - or do they? Turns out if you set the paper guides to the 5x7 size and the width to match your envelope you can fit a single envelope into the cassette even though it overlaps the paper guide and onto the frame of the tray. Just be careful as you insert the tray to keep the envelope against the far end of the tray. Once the paper is into the printer there is enough space above the frame of the tray to accomodate the envelope
Clearly its a tight fit and its a hack but it works and overcomes a major shortcoming of this printer. This is a single envelope only solution but for many of us that is enough.
A shame that Canon has forced us to go to these lengths to simply print an envelope when they could have designed the upper tray to accomodate an envelope.
06-21-2017 11:23 PM
Greetings, y2kjohnson! Major props go out to you for your suggestion! Having read this entire thread (and agreeing with the frustration expressed here) yours was the simplest and best solution to this nagging deficiency. Thanks for posting!
(Just curious, but I wonder why one of the many Canon forum moderators didn't suggest your workaround??!!) ;-(
06-22-2017 03:44 PM
A Nobel Prize to "NCS"! I have been using Canon printers for years, most recently an 860 which I replaced with the 922. Before purchasing the 922, I talked with someone at Canon support about its features. Not a word was said about envelope printing, a function everyone needs sooner or later, probably often. Of course, it never occurred to me to ask about it. I presume Canon eliminated the rear tray to make room for some new feature. Whatever the reason, it was a bad idea poorly executed.
NCS's solution is brilliant. I have adapted it thusly: Cut a 2-1/8" (slightly wider than NCS's "regular business card") strip of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock, and secure it to an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, along the left edge. When printing an envelope, I lay that sheet on top of the existing paper stack in the printer's lower drawer, and place the envelope on that sheet, butted up against the strip of card stock. And then print. The strip of card stock effectively acts as a new left edge of the lower drawer.
NCS said that before printing, he/she removed the business card that is used as a left edge to set the envelope. For me, the envelope shifted a bit after I removed the business card, so I made my device to avoid that.
AFTER PRINTING, DON'T FORGET TO REMOVE THE SHEET WITH THE CARD STOCK!
I have to say it: The Canon design team should be ASHAMED of themselves.