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Can't print in black because no yellow

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Yes replace the Yellow cartridge. This is because the printer will construct the black colour as a mix of all the colour inks installed in the printer.

However, on the printer preferences you can see when you print a document from an application by using the FILE tab and then selecting the PRINT option then go to PRINTER PREFERENCES there is an option to select printing in Greyscale or Black & White only.

Also if you are printing text from an app such as Word make sure that the text is actually 100% black as if it is not then the printer will automatically ignore the black ink cart and try to mix it from the colour ink carts just as it would when printing an image.

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