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HP inkjet printers - Print in black and white

Change print settings to print with black ink only, or to minimize the use of color ink.

Print in black and white (Windows)

Use the HP print driver to select the black and white (monochrome) or grayscale setting for your print job.

  1. Open the document or photo you want to print, click File, and then click Print, or click the Print icon .

  2. Select your printer name from the Printers menu.

  3. Click Options, Printer Properties, Preferences, or More settings.

    Note:

    If these options are not available, install HP Smart - Microsoft Store or the full feature driver from 123.hp.com.

  4. On the Paper/Quality, Color, or Features tab, or from the Advanced, Color mode, or Print in Grayscale menu, select from the following options based on your printing needs.

    Note:

    If you regularly print in black and white, but find that color ink is also used, your printer model uses a mix of black and color inks to decrease grain. Additionally, some ink is used from all cartridges to perform periodic servicing that prevents clogs and other print quality issues. There is no way to bypass these features.

    • Black and white, Monochrome, Black Ink Only, or Grayscale: Uses the black cartridge only to print in black and white.

    • High Quality Grayscale: Uses all colors and black to print higher quality black and white prints.

    • Color: Uses all colors and black to print in full color.

  5. To use less ink, change the Print Quality, Output Quality, or Media setting to Draft or EconoMode.

  6. To save the print settings for all print jobs, search Windows for Printers to open the Printers & scanners settings. Click your printer name, click Manage, and then click Printing preferences. Select your settings, and then click OK.

Print in black and white (Mac)

Open the print job settings to select black and white (monochrome) for your print job.

  1. Open the document or photo you want to print, click File, and then click Print, and then click Show Details at the bottom of the dialog, if necessary.

  2. Select your printer name from the Printers menu.

  3. Select Black & White on the main dialog. The Presets menu also includes black and white options.

    Note:

    If you regularly print in black and white, but find that color ink is also used, your printer model uses a mix of black and color inks to decrease grain. Additionally, some ink is used from all cartridges to perform periodic servicing that prevents clogs and other print quality issues. There is no way to bypass these features.

    Selecting Black & White print job setting
  4. To use less black ink, click Media & Quality in the unnamed print options menu at the center of the dialog, and then move the Quality slider to Draft.

    Opening the unnamed menu in the print settings
  5. To create a new preset for the selected print settings, click the Presets menu, and then select Save Current Settings as Preset.


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