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Problem: Only printing Black/Greyscale

Where is the control to change from B&W/Greyscale to full color printing? The printer is only printing B&W/Greyscale from one computer, but full color on another computer, so it must be a software control on the computer but I cannot find it!

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Re: Problem: Only printing Black/Greyscale

The printer software has probably been set to print in grayscale. Follow the steps below to check this setting:

  1. In the software application being printed from, click File , then Print . The Print dialog opens.
  2. Make sure the correct printer is selected, then click Preferences . The printer Preferences dialog opens.
  3. Select the Color tab, then make sure that Print in grayscale is not selected

Please let me know if still you cant print color. Its intresting. :)

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