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Is there a setting that will let my printer print using black ink

Is there a setting that will let my printer print only using the black ink ? I use a HP Pavilion PC and a MFC 240c
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That would be a setting on your printer--from the "settings" option on the printer (after you tell it to print), choose black and white.

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  2. Click Print.
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  6. Click Ok again to print your file.

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