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How do I select the 'Black Ink Only' or 'Grayscale' print mode?

To print in 'black'/monochrome you will need to follow the instructions below.

We recommend that you close any open applications from which you intend to print before following these steps so that the settings will be updated in these applications.

Follow the instructions for the operating system you are using:

Windows 10/8/7/2000/XP/Vista

  1. Open the printers folder.
  2. Right-click your Epson printer icon and left-click on Printing Preferences.
  3. Printing Preferences should open on the Main tab. Follow the instruction which matches the layout of tabs at the top of the printer driver window:
    • 'Main', 'Paper', 'Layout', 'Utility' tabs: Under Ink, click in the radial beside Black and click OK.

    • 'Main', 'Page Layout', 'Maintenance' tabs: Click on the Advanced button located in the bottom right-hand corner. Click 'Continue' if prompted.
    • 'Main', 'Advanced', 'Page Layout', 'Maintenance' ('Shortcuts') tabs: Click on the Advanced tab.

      'Black Ink Only' or 'Grayscale' is on the left of this screen. Click into this check box to tick it and click OK to save these settings.

      Notes Icon Note:
      • Any changes made in this manner i.e. entering the Properties via the printers folder, will be saved as the default settings unless changed. If you want to print in colour in the future, you will have to revert the changes.
      • For help with resetting the printer driver to the default settings, see the following Related Article: How to change or reset the default printer driver settings (Windows)
      • Any changes made in the printer Properties/Printing Preferences via an application you are printing from will be for that print job only or only for that session in the application. Subsequent prints will use the default printer driver settings unless these are changed again.

Windows 95/98/ME

  1. Click Start > Settings > Printers.
  2. Right-click on your Epson printer icon and left-click on Properties.
  3. The printer properties window opens. Follow the instruction which matches the layout of tabs at the top of the printer driver window:
    • 'Main', 'Paper', 'Layout', 'Utility': Click on the Main tab. Under Ink, click in the radial beside Black and click OK.

    • 'Main', 'Page Layout', 'Maintenance': Click on the Main tab. Then click the Advanced button located in the bottom right-hand corner. Click 'Continue' if prompted.
    • 'Main', 'Advanced', 'Page Layout', 'Maintenance': Click on the Advanced tab.

      'Black Ink Only' or 'Grayscale' is on the left-hand side of this screen. Click into this check box to tick it and click OK to save these settings.

      Notes Icon Note:
      • Any changes made in this manner i.e. entering the Properties via the printers folder, will be saved as the default settings unless changed. If you want to print in colour in the future, you will have to revert the changes.
      • For help with resetting the printer driver to the default settings, see the following Related Article: How to change or reset the default printer driver settings (Windows)
      • Any changes made in the printer Properties/Printing Preferences via an application you are printing from will be for that print job only or only for that session in the application. Subsequent prints will use the default printer driver settings unless these are changed again.

Mac OS X

  1. Open the application you wish to use and click File then Print.
  2. Use the third pull-down menu (normally headed Copies & Pages) to select Print Settings.
    • For 10.5 - OS X Leopard, you can select this from the menu headed by the application name e.g. Text Edit, iPhoto. Click on this, then click on Print Settings.
  3. Here you will have the option to select either Black or Color. Click on the Color pull-down menu.

  4. Select Black, check the other settings are suitable for the document, and then print.

If you wish to save these settings you can create a 'Preset' - select 'Save As' from the Presets list and enter a name for your Preset e.g. Black Ink Only. Your printer will now be fully configured to print in black, providing this Preset is selected each time.

Mac OS Classic (OS 7.6 - 9.2)

When you go to print, you can select the Grayscale setting in the Print window. This is normally located to the right of the box under Color. Click on the radio button beside Grayscale to enable this mode, then click Print to continue.

You can create and save your own custom setting in the Print screen. To do this, make sure that the Media Type and Color settings in the Print screen box are correct for the type of document you will want to print in the Grayscale mode.

Click Custom in the Mode box at the bottom of the window. This makes the Custom Settings list available to the right of the Mode settings. From the Custom Settings list, select the most appropriate setting for the type of document or image that you want to print. Click Save Settings. If this is not present, click Advanced (which is available after you select Custom).

In the Advanced print screen, change the Color mode to Grayscale, and then click Save Settings. The Custom Settings window appears. Name the setting and click Save.

Custom Settings window

Your printer is now configured to print in black, providing you select this setting each time. To do this, click Custom mode in the Print window, and then select your named custom setting from the list.

Notes Icon Note:

You will not be able to obtain black ink only printing if any cartridges have run out. This is to ensure that air is not sucked into the print head (instead of the ink that prior to the cartridge running out was available) therefore potentially damaging the printer.

In order to function, the printer will require black and colour ink cartridges to be inserted with a certain amount of ink in each cartridge.

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