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PIXMA MP500 PRINTING IN BLACK ONLY

I PRINT MAINLY IN BLACK INK OR WANT TO. I AM ALWAYS RUNING OUT OF COLOR ONES WHICH I USE RARELY. HOW CAN I FORCE THE PRINTER TO USE ONLY THE BLACK INK CARTRIDGES. I HAVE SET THE PREFERENCE TO GRAY BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT I WANT.
SO HOW AND WERE DO I SET IT TO PRINT IN BLACK ONLY, UNLESS AND UNTIL I WANT COLOR?

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  • Anonymous Oct 06, 2008

    I also run out of color ink even though I never print in color. Now I'm just using the black ink, and it's so frustrating that when I'm printing out text pages, it keeps telling me I'm out of color. Just use the black ink, I want to yell. So how do I set it to only print using the black (without having to go into the printer preferences every single time I print)?

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No I did not fix it. Can this printer, print only using black ink? That is the question.
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