Yes, most cartridges include tape that should be removed before installation. We recommend opening up any new cartridge and removing the tape over a trashcan. Sometimes a bit of ink or toner will escape from the cartridge when you preparing the cartridge for the printer.
The tape on an ink cartridge covers the vent hole on the cartridge. If you install the cartridge with the tape still attached, the cartridge will not be able to print. The tape is typically found on the top of the cartridge and is usually a yellow or orange color. To remove, gently pull the tape away from the cartridge. It should easily detach from the cartridge.
We have included two of the most common of ink cartridges here. An integrated print cartridge has the printhead built into the cartridge. An individual ink cartridge works with a printhead that is built in the printer.
Integrated ink cartridge (like an HP 61 cartridge or Canon PG-240)
Individual ink cartridge (like a Brother LC203 cartridge or an Epson 220 cartridge)
Most toner cartridges have a piece of sealing tape sticking out of the side of the cartridge that protects it during transit. To remove the tape, gently pull it out and across the toner towards the trashcan. When you pull on the tape, you will quickly discover that it is a long strip. Be sure that the tape is completely removed before installing the toner.