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How do I print with black ink from Windows or my Mac when a color cartridge is expended?

  • When a color ink cartridge is expended, you can temporarily continue printing from your computer using black ink. Replace the expended color cartridge as soon as possible for future printing.

    To temporarily print with black ink, see the instructions below.

    Printing with Expended Color Cartridges - Windows

    If you see a message during printing telling you that you can temporarily print in black ink with an expended color cartridge, you can cancel your print job and select print settings.

    You can print with an expended color cartridge on the following types of paper:

    • Plain paper
    • Pre-printed paper
    • Letterhead
    • Color paper
    • Recycled paper
    • High-quality plain paper
    • Thick paper
    • Envelopes

    Note: If you are using your Epson product with the Windows 10 S operating system, you cannot use the software described in this section. You also cannot download and install any Epson product software from the Epson website for use with Windows 10 S; you must obtain software only from the Windows Store.

    Note: To use this feature, Epson Status Monitor must be enabled.

    1. Click Cancel or Cancel Print to cancel your print job.

      Note: If the message screen appears on another computer on a network, you may need to cancel the print job using the product control panel.

    2. Load one of the paper types listed above in your product.
    3. Access the print settings in your print application.
    4. Click the Main tab and make sure Borderless is not selected.
    5. Select a paper type that supports Print in Black.
    6. Select the Black/Grayscale Color setting.
    7. Click OK.
    8. Print your document. Epson Status Monitor 3 displays a print message.
    9. Click Print in Black to print your document.

    Printing with Expended Color Cartridges - Mac

    If printing stops, you can cancel your print job and select settings to temporarily print with only black ink on plain paper or on an envelope.

    The following paper types support printing with expended color cartridges:

    • Plain paper
    • Pre-printed paper
    • Letterhead
    • Color paper
    • Recycled paper
    • High-quality plain paper
    • Thick paper
    • Envelopes
    1. Click the printer icon in the Dock.
    2. If you see a message telling you that you can temporarily print with only black ink, click the Delete or button to cancel your print job. If you see an error message, click OK.

      Note: If the message screen appears on another computer on a network, you may need to cancel the print job using the product control panel.

    3. In the Apple menu or the Dock, select System Preferences.
    4. Select Print & Fax, Print & Scan, or Printers & Scanners, select your product, and select Options & Supplies.
    5. Select Driver or Options. You see a screen like this:

    6. Select On as the Permit temporary black printing setting.
    7. Click OK.
    8. Close the utility window.
    9. Load a paper type compatible with temporary black printing in your product.
    10. Select Print Settings from the pop-up menu.
    11. Select a non-borderless paper size as the Paper Size setting.
    12. Select a paper type that supports Permit temporary black printing as the media type setting.
    13. Select the Grayscale option as the color setting.
    14. Click Print to print your document.
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