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We all know that nowadays almost all printers come up with multiple ink cartridge options. But, still, we prefer to print most of our files in black and white. As a result, the black ink finishes before other inks. So, we are now unable to print more documents in black and white unless we fill up the black ink cartridge. Here, we will discuss ‘How to print with colour ink only when black is empty. So here we will study various ways by which you can handle the printing tasks even when your printer goes out of black ink. You can follow these guidelines for any printer.

How Do I Use My Printer for Printing when Black Ink is Empty?  

Whenever you realize that your printer runs out of black ink, then you can simply remove its ink cartridge and try to print using the other inks. You will see that your documents print in colour. Here, we will discuss the procedure for ‘How to print with colour ink only when black is empty’ on Windows OS and Mac operating systems.

How to print with colour ink only when black is empty in Windows Operating System

You have to first open the black ink cartridge carefully by giving it a smooth jerk. After that, take the cartridge out. Now perform the steps below:

  1. Firstly, open your word file.
  2. Then click on the ‘Ctrl P’.
  3. After that, click on the name of your printer.
  4. Then, click on Printer Properties.
  5. Now, click on the ‘grayscale’ option.
  6. Hit the OK button and send the printing command.
  7. You can see that you are now able to print the document in colour prints.

How to print with colour ink only when black is empty in Mac Operating System

If you are using Mac OS, then follow the steps below to print your document in colour when you run out of black ink.

  1. Firstly, open the MS word document which you want to print.
  2. Now, click on ‘Command +P’ for printing.
  3. You can see the ‘Printer option’ window appears on the screen.
  4. After that, click on the option ‘copies and pages’.
  5. Now, go to the ‘paper type and quality’ section.
  6. Click on the triangle next to the ‘colour option’.
  7. Click on the grayscale option.
  8. Lastly, click on the print button.
  9. Check for the colour print of your document.

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How to print with colour ink only when black is empty in Epson Printer

If you are using the Epson printer, and you realize that your printer is out of black ink, then perform the steps below to print your document.

  1. Firstly, stop all the current printing jobs by cancelling them.
  2. After that, launch the Printer utility of your printer.
  3. Now, run the dialogue box.
  4. After that, navigate to ‘driver settings’.
  5. Click on the option ‘permit temporary black printing’.
  6. Now, go to ‘print settings’.
  7. Click on ‘plain paper’ in the typesetting field.
  8. Click on the ‘grayscale’ option.
  9. Finally, hit the OK button to print successfully.
  10. Check for success.

This way you can print your documents successfully even without using black ink. It is quite a reliable process that applies not only to the Epson printer but also to all the other printers.

How to print with colour ink only when black is empty in HP Printer

If you are using an HP printer, then also you can print your documents in black even without having any black ink cartridge. For this, you need to first remove the black ink cartridge by opening the ink slot. After that, follow the steps below:

  1. Firstly, run the software application.
  2. Now, hit the print option.
  3. After that, go to the printer, then go to the paper type/ quality menu.
  4. Now, navigate to ‘colour options, and click on the triangle next to it.
  5. Go to the colour menu option, and click on the ‘grayscale’ option.
  6. Click on ‘black ink cartridge only’.
  7. Click on the OK button, and check for the successful print.

So, you can also print your document even if you are running out of black ink in your HP printer.  

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How to print with colour ink only when black is empty for Canon Printers

You are using a Canon printer and run out of black ink. Then also, you may be able to print the documents in black by combining all the inks and giving them a black colour. Follow the steps below to proceed.

  • Firstly, perform a right-click on the icon of the Printer.
  • Now, click on Printer properties.
  • Navigate to the left side of the printer and go to “printer options”.
  • After that, click Ink type.
  • Now go to the ‘colour printer feature section’.
  • Lastly, hit the apply button.
  • Check the document for a successful black print.

You can see that your printer prints the document in black colour even if there is no black ink cartridge inside the printer.

Can You Use Color Ink to Print Black?

Yes, you can print your documents by combining all the inks and giving them a black colour. For this, firstly open the printer and take out the ink door. Now, take the black cartridge out of the box and try to print successfully. You will find that you can print the document by combining all the inks to give it a black colour.

Can You Print Even If One Cartridge is Empty?

You can print with your printer missing one cartridge. For this, you need to reset the printer’s settings and adjust the colour for which you want to print. Moreover, it also depends on the printer’s capability. Some of the printers fail to operate without ink cartridges.

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