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Can I set default printing to black and white for color laser printer?

I am considering buying a Brother MCP-9040 color laserjet multifunction printer. I plan to use the color option infrequently and would like to be able to set the default printing/scanning faxing setting to black and white and change the setting manually when I need to use color in order to save color cartridges. Can this be done? Easily?

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  • anita_nolan Feb 05, 2008

    I know that I can change the print option every time I print - but I don't want to have to remember to do that - particularly when I'm printing from the internet. I just want to be able to change the default settings for the printer so that everytime I use that printer it prints in black and white unless I specifically change the print option in the printer dialogue box to color..

  • jangolder Jan 22, 2009

    I cannot find out how to set my lexmark x125 printer to default to black and white.

  • marcyk Feb 24, 2009

    I have the same problem but I am using a Mac OS X 10.5. Anyone know how to set on the Mac? Thanks,

  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    Does TecniklyNuts know how to read??? Mac OS X is not windows. 

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Yes. Any printer's default options can be set as desired. Open the printer's properties (Start/Control Panel/Printers/right click the printer and left click Properties), and change the setting as you wish, then click OK. Those settings should be used each time you use the print command, unless you change the settings for that particular print job.

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To change default on printer, Start, (Control Panel, Printers) or just plain (Printers) if it shows on your computer that way, right click the printer, left click Properties, Printing Preferences, Color tab, Print in Grayscale, Print in Black Only Grayscale.

If you have one photo or document that you want to print in color, you don't have to keep going through the long procedure. Instead of clicking the print button at the top, do File Print, Preferences and change it quickly just for that one document that you have. It will not change the default setting of Black or Grayscale.

You can make that the default printer by Start, (Control Panel, Printers) or just plain (Printers) if it shows on your computer that way, right click the printer, Set as Default Printer.

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