How to Disable Color Printing

Updated February 21, 2017

A colour printer can drain your colour ink cartridges quickly, which can send you back to the store for more too frequently and can be expensive. If you have a colour ink cartridge in your printer, the printer will print in colour by default. To save ink and printing costs, set your printer to print documents in black and white instead. You'll need to disable colour printing for each printer you want to customise. You can disable colour printing for a specific document or for all your print jobs and reset the printer at any time.

Open the document you want to print.

Select "File" and "Print" from the menu or press "Ctrl"+"P" to load the Print dialogue box.

Highlight the printer you want to modify from the "Name" drop-down list.

Click the "Properties" button to open its dialogue box.

Select the "Color" tab, check "Print in Grayscale" and click "OK."

Click the "Start" button in Windows and select "Devices and Printers" to open the Control Panel.

Go to the Printer and Faxes option and right-click the printer you want to modify. Select "Printing Preferences" from the pop-up list. The Printing Preferences dialogue box opens.

Select the "Paper/Quality" tab, choose "Black & White" and click "OK."

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