How do I print in black/grayscale only?

  • Open a document, then follow the steps below for your operating system to select Black/Grayscale or Grayscale.

    To keep the print head clear and ready to print, the product uses a small amount of ink from all the cartridges whenever it prints. Even if you select Black/Grayscale or Grayscale, some color ink is still being used.

    Black/Grayscale and Grayscale is not recommended for printing black-and-white photos.

    If color ink is expended but black ink still remains, you may be able to continue printing for a short time on plain paper or envelopes using only black ink. See Temporarily Print From Your Computer with Black Ink When Color Ink Cartridges are Expended.

    1. Open the File menu or click and select Print.
    2. Make sure the product is selected as the printer.
    3. Click Properties or Preferences.

      If you don't see these buttons, click Setup, Printer, or Options, then click Properties or Preferences on the next screen.
    4. Click the Main tab, and select Black/Grayscale under Print Options.
    5. Click OK.
    Mac OS X
    1. Open the File menu and select Print.
    2. Make sure the product is selected as the printer.

      With Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6, click to expand the Print window, if necessary.
    3. Select Print Settings from the printer options pop-up menu.
    4. Select Grayscale.
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