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How to disable color cartridges when printing black?

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Feb 5, 2013 10:53 AM

Is there a setting to disable color ink cartridges so that my printer prints black and white documents using only black?  Selecting just "grayscale" or "black and white" doesn't stop the printer from using the color cartridge to "make" black.  I know there's a setting somewhere in OSX to bypass using the color cartridge (I've done it before), but I just can't seem to find it now.  Any thoughts?

Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,320 points)

    Don't you think that it would have been relevant to include information on what printer you are using?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,320 points)

    I have not ever seen that option in System Preferences/Printing.


    Are you quite sure that selecting Greyscale after selecting Quality & Media still requires the colour cartridges?


    I ask this because I also have a Pixma (different model) which uses two different black cartridges, one standard size, the other twice as big, and I have always assumed that that is specifically to allow black-only printing.


    But if it, for reasons known only to Canon and God, also needs the colour cartridges, it can't be much!

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,320 points)

    It might be worth asking Canon for an answer to that, as it seems counter-intuitive to me!


    Please post back if you find the answer!


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