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Ink Cartridge Settings

I work mostly using black ink and I want to save the color inks so I want to set my printer iP4200 to print using black cartridge only. It seems that I can't access to this setting. How do I solve this?

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  • simplyblue Jan 29, 2008

    I have the same problem. When my printer runs out of colour ink, the printer refuses to print a black and white document. What settings should I look for?

  • simplyblue Jan 29, 2008

    I have the same problem. When my printer runs out of colour ink, it refuses to print a black and white document. What settings should I look for?



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"... I don't understand how colored inks are used to create black, but that's what they claim. Anyway.." It is the priciple of substractive color system, when you mix cyan, magenta, and yellow together you will obtain black. Of course it is not smart to use 3 colors to obtain black thats why printers have black cartridge but some printer drivers (perhaps to keep clean color side of print head) use ink colors even if you print a totally black item.
Some old canon printer driver like i560 have the option of use only black in printer properties

Posted on Feb 08, 2008


Have you tried Canons FAQ? They suggest checking the grayscale box, which apparently only works with certain kinds of printing (duplexing and borderless will still use colors). I don't understand how colored inks are used to create black, but that's what they claim. Anyway, here's the link:

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For Windows:
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  3. Right-click on Lexmark S300 Series print object and click on Properties.
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For Mac:
  1. With the file (you wish to print) open, click File.
  2. Click Print.
  3. Expand the arrow pointing down beside printer name if you're not able to see other options for printing. Look for Quality and Media in a drop down box and select print in black and white.
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When you click on 'Print' from your browser, the printer properties (or preferences) page opens.
You must first set the printer to not print in color (color is the default setting). Then you must set the printer to use 'black ink only' by using the 'advanced settings' as follows:
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