Checking the ink level for a Canon TR8520 Printer

To check the level of ink in the ink cartridges for a Canon TR8520 printer on a Windows 10 system, you can take the following steps:
  1. Right-click on the Windows Start button at the lower, left-hand corner of the screen and choose Settings.

    Windows Start button

  2. Select Devices.
  3. Select Printers & scanners.
  4. Click on Canon TR8500 series.

    Printers and Scanners - TR8500

  5. Click on Manage.
  6. Select Printer properties.
  7. Click on the View Printer Status button.

    Canon TR8500 printer properties

You can then see the level of ink in the magenta (M), black (BK), yellow (Y), Black (PGBK), and Cyan (C) cartridges.

TR8500 ink levels

If you click on the Ink Model Number button, you will see the following message:

TR8500 ink model number msg

If you click on Agree, you will see the following Canon TR8500 ink cartridge model numbers:

Canon TR8500 ink cartridge model numbers

The model numbers are as follows:

Black (BK):CLI-281XXL <BK>CLI-281XL <BK> CLI-281 <BK>
Cyan (C):CLI-281XXL <C>CLI-281XL <C> CLI-281 <C>
Magenta (M):CLI-281XXL <M>CLI-281XL <M> CLI-281 <M>
Yellow (Y):CLI-281XXL <Y>CLI-281XL <Y> CLI-281 <Y>

What is the difference between the two black cartridges labelled BK and PGBK? According to the Amazon reviewer Andyboff66:

PGBK ink is intended for uses like text, it's smudge resistant and good for fine lines. BK ink is intended for photographs, it's richer. The printer defaults to PGBK for text, lines etc - unless it thinks they are part of a photo. So, you can force a Canon printer to use BK ink instead of PGBK by telling it that you are printing a photo onto plain paper.

What is the difference between the XXL, XL, and regular cartridges? The amount of ink in the cartridge. According to another Amazon user, Christian R. Viray “XL ink has 10.8 ml of ink and the regular one has 6.5 ml. The XL has 66% more ink that the regular ink tanks. So in theory you should be able to print out more.”

If you are near the printer, you can also check the ink levels from the front panel of the printer by the following steps:

  1. Touch the Setup icon, which looks like a gear, on the home screen of the front panel.

    Canon TR8520 display panel

  2. Tap "Estimated ink levels" on the panel.

    Canon TR8520 settings display

You will then see the estimated ink levels for each cartridge displayed. If the ink is depleted or near depletion in a cartridge, there will be a red circle with a white "X" in it dispalyed over the cartridge.

Canon TR8520 current estimated ink levels


TR8500 series Online Manual
Source: TR8500 series (PDF) User Manual (Windows)