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HP Deskjet, Set to Black & White; but still prints with color!

It's getting to be very annoying that whenever I try to print something with my hp desk jet 990 in black & white. I go into preferences and select black & white. Buyt it still tries to print certain things in color, like pictures and blue hyper links.

As a result I end up with a print out that has blank spots all over it, because my color cartridge is out! I only bought four black & white cartridges, because I didn't want to bother using color. But now I have to manually change everything to the gray scale in the document itself. I do this by disabling hyperlinks, and converting the pictures to black & white in a seperate program.

This happens when I use my OpenOffice.org text editing program; but it also happens when I try to print things straight from my firefox internet browser.

I just want the black & white setting to work! I even set this setting permanently, by going to my printer, right clicking > properties... and setting the preference permanently to black and white. But I'm still getting the same problem. I even tried removing the empty color cartridge, but then it doesn't print at all! Nothing works!! Help!!

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Bronze, hopefully this is a logical issue: Assuming you're on WinXP > Go to Start>Control Panels>Printers (and faxes).
Find the printer in question in the list (maybe there's only one or 2 listed) and 'Right-click' on the icon > go down to "Printing Preferences" (about second/third down the list).
In here you will be able to set the printers default settings. I'm not 100% familiar with HPs printing dialog, but there maybe a setting there for either 'Black & White' and 'Grayscale' (albeit it should be greyscale, anyway...) if you choose black and white your printing will not have any mid-tone, so if there's a choise, choose 'Grayscale'.
You can set other features here which will become the new default each time you go to print something - personally I set to 'Draft' or 'Fast Draft' mode by default, that way when I just print out rubbish, I am saving "lots" of ink and if I want something in good quality, I change it at time of printing.
Now, there are some programs and files that "remember" you last print settings, so if you've used a colour print setting previously, that file may still pring in colour, even though the new defaults are mono (black & white). So, print using the new defaults and save the file when finished. It's unlikely the case with OpenOffice, but, I don't know. We'll tackle that as we get to it.
So, if that has not cured the problem, please let me know.

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