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Colour from printer does not match colour shown on screen

I am currently wasting photo paper and printer ink attempting to get the same result on printer as being displayed on screen.

Please help.. Is there a way to make sure I get the colour and tone shown on screen on the printer

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The manual WILL have instructions on which ink to use, it will be by the same company and have a special number. If you cant find out what it is just ask PC-WORLD or google search it. Simple :D

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