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Do i need to have both cartridge full of ink for a 695c, my colour is empty but black is full

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Both the black and color cartridges must be installed in order to print, however the color does not have to be full of to print in black-only. Be sure to set the printer to print only in black-and-white from the printer properties (or preferences). You can access this from the Print window from the application you are printing from. Select the printer from the list and then click the Preferences button (The button may also be called Properties, in some applications such as Office). Please note that not all printers allow this, however older models often do. Newer printers may even refuse to print if the cartridges are past the expiry date printed on the box. Be cautious if buying bulk-packs of cartridges if you don't print very often as they can expire before you get a chance to use them.

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