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How do I print in black and white and not use the colour ink.

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  • bluxx May 11, 2010

    Bek you need to tell us what you are printing and from what software - for example are you printing a document with a photo? What printer and software are you using?

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Hi Bluxx,
In Start|Settings, select Printer and settings. Right click on the Lexmark printer. Click on Printing Preferences. Bottom right there should be a check box for Printing images in Black and White.


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