How to Print Using Only the Black Ink for Windows

Article ID: ART161245 | Date published: 06/09/2015 | Date last updated: 03/22/2023


Occasionally you may need to print using only the black ink, the following procedure will show you how for Windows. By default, grayscale printing (on media other than plain paper) uses a combination of the color inks in order to achieve the best print quality.

If you use a Mac® refer to use only black ink on a Mac.


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Open the Properties / Preferences window from the Print dialog box. If you need help with this, refer to: Opening the Printing Preferences Dialog Box

Adjust the driver setting to print using only the black ink

Note The images below are used as an example. Actual screens may vary depending on the printer model and operating system being used.
  1. Select the Main tab.

  2. Select Plain Paper as the Media Type.
    Note If any other paper type is selected, color ink will be used to create black.

    Plain paper selected as media type
  3. Select the box for Grayscale Printing.

    Grayscale printing selected from Main tab
  4. Click OK to save the changes. 

Note Notes  

  • When using the grayscale setting alone the color inks will still be used. You must also have the Media Type set to Plain Paper.

  • Some color ink will still be used for print head maintenance.

  • If you choose to print in black only, the print quality will be sacrificed.

  • All ink tanks need to be properly installed to start any print job regardless of the ink color you choose for that specific job.



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