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Is there a way to only use black ink cartridge?

I only need to copy/fax in black and white. And don't want to always be replacing the color cartridges. Is there a way to bypass the color cartridges?

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  • tzukerman Jan 11, 2009

    Sorry I didn't state problem correctly. I don't have the printer hooked up to my PC. I'm just using as copier and fax. Is there a way to set properties from a printer menu?

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Easily done! Right click your printer and choose Properties. Look for Printing Preferences and then a Color tab. You'll find an option to print in grayscale. Look at the options and you'll find an option for Black ink only. Locations of these may vary slightly but will also give you the option to use less ink also. This will help save on replacement costs as well. While you're in there, tool around and see what other settings are available to you! You'll be surprised at some of the features available.
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Http://www.brother-usa.com/ModelDocuments/Consumer/Users%20Manual/UM_MFC_5440CN_5840CN_EN_108.PDF

If you go into your pronter properties... start/control panel/printers and faxes....
Right click on the printer in question, and scroll to properties.
There you will see a series of tabs.
Under the GENERAL tab, there is a button to click - PRINTING PREFERENCES.
under the tab PAPER/QUALITY you can choose B/W or color.
Click OK.
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    blueextc3221 Jan 11, 2009

    you can press BLACK START before copying each document.

    There is no physical or internal override for the color cartridge other than letting it run out and not replacing it I suppose.

    You have a Photo printer/copier/fax all-in-one, and it is designed to print color. Pressing the BLACK START will, however override the color sensors and only print greyscale.



    Hope this is a little more of the answer you were looking for.



    This is directly from the manual link I posted above....



    How to Fax (B&W and Color)

    Color fax transmission

    Your MFC can send a color fax to machines that support this feature.

    However, color faxes cannot be stored in the memory. When you

    send a color fax, the MFC will send it in real time (even if Real Time

    TX is set to Off).

    Faxing from the ADF

    Put the document face up in the ADF. To cancel, press Stop/Exit.

    1
    If it is not illuminated in green, press (Fax).

    2
    Load your document.

    3
    Dial the fax number.

    Press Black Start or Color Start. The MFC starts scanning

    the first page.

    Delayed fax and Polling Transmit features are not available in

    color.

    If the memory is full and you are faxing a single page, it will be

    sent in real time.








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