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Print in Black ink only?

So I am trying to conserve my color ink when printing black and white photos. I was told that there's a way to use only the black ink. Is this true? I have looked everywhere and in every tab I can think of where i might be able to change this setting, and no luck. I know it would change the quality but I'd still like to give it a shot. It would be really nice to have this option considering if I print a big enough photo, my color ink is already gone by like 1/8th and who can afford that? Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks so much!!!

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  • Marle_790 Jan 19, 2009

    I've done this as well. And believe it or not, unless I am completely blind, they have every setting, except for that. Even under paper options, they have a box you can check that says "print in black and white" and i have tried this but all it does is a print a picture in "black and white" but you can actually see that it took some from the color cartridge. :(

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Go to "Start" "Settings" "Printers and Faxes" choose your printer in the menu window,,right click and bring up sub menu,,then choose properties,,you can change all of your printer settings from here.

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