How to Set Your Color Printer to Use Only the Black Cartridge – plus more cartridge/printer tips and tricks!

Do you have a color printer, but find yourself only needing to print in black and white? If you have an inkjet printer be careful because this has the potential to dry out the print heads for your color cartridges if they aren’t used for more than a week or two (this is why your printer may do automatic print head cleanings). A dried up print head could render your printer useless if the heads are in your printer and not your cartridge. This is why (by default) the color cartridges will mix to make black, keeping all of your print heads nice and moist.

If you use a laserjet printer you’re in luck! Not only do you get better quality with a lower overall cost per page, but it’s faster and doesn’t have the print heads that could dry up (ink is liquid, toner is powder). If you don’t want your printer to use the color cartridges (that can get expensive!) you can set it to grayscale so only the black cartridge is used when you print.

  • Click the Windows Start button in the lower left corner of your screen
  • Select Devices & Printers
  • Right click the printer and select Printing Preferences
  • Click the Color tab and select Print in Grayscale (I also recommend choosing High Quality at this time)
  • Press Apply and OK
  •  Print away!

 

To revert back to color printing, simply select Print in Color where you originally found the Grayscale option (Start>Devices and Printers>Printing Preferences>Color>Print in color>Apply>OK)

Resolving Common Toner Cartridge Problems

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Symptom: Cartridge does not reset toner/drum indicator when put into printer, or pages print blank Explanation: Typically when a drum/toner indicator does not reset it is due to the toner seal not being removed, or improper contact between the cartridge and the printer. Correction Steps: 1) Turn […]

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Just Say “NO!” to Firmware Upgrades

Just Say “NO!” to Firmware Upgrades
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When is an upgrade not an upgrade at all? When it prevents you from enjoying the savings, service, and environmental benefits of using Ink and Toner Planet brand printer cartridges. For years, printer and cartridge manufacturers have prompted your PC or Mac to install “firmware upgrades” to […]

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Troubleshooting Epson Ink Cartridges

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Every so often Epson releases firmware upgrades, changing the way their printers access cartridge chips. We try to stay as up-to-date as possible and have discovered a few troubleshooting tips. Please remember to decline all firmware upgrades from your printer manufacturer. If you mix Epson ink cartridges […]

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How to Fix an Error with a Canon PG-210 and CL-211

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1. Click OK after the first message, attempt to print 2. If a second message appears, do not click cancel. The printer LCD should display error code “E”. Press and hold down printer “Stop/Reset” button for at least 7 seconds or more 3. Printer will start printing […]

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Test Your Environmental IQ

Test Your Environmental IQ
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I’m surprised at the number of people, even those who consider themselves “green” and environmentally friendly, who make this mistake without even thinking about it. Are you absentmindedly doing the same thing? • 500 cartridges per minute, 30,000 per hour and 720,000 per day are thrown away, […]

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Are you DESTROYING our environment using this common practice?

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• Each year over 350 million printer cartridges are thrown out to landfills. • GHGs (green house gases) emissions from manufacturing a single mono toner cartridge have been calculated to approximately 4.8 kg CO2; per cartridge. • Over 500 million laser cartridges and 1.8 billion ink cartridges […]

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Vote for Ink and Toner Planet!

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Too far? We deliver!

Too far? We deliver!
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We are happy to offer Next Business Day delivery nationwide, free for orders exceeding $100. We can offer Same Day delivery within a 10 mile radius of our Montgomery County store for most laser and ink cartridges. This includes Rockville, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, […]

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The High Cost of Wasted Printer Ink

The High Cost of Wasted Printer Ink
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  INK equals $9,600 per gallon. Wow! That is even more than I thought…Now you can buy 2,700 gallons of gas OR 2,800 gallons of milk OR you can become ANOTHER satisfied customer of Ink and Toner Planet and save every day on ink and toner printer […]

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Why choose Ink and Toner Planet over other vendors?

Why choose Ink and Toner Planet over other vendors?
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We are happy to be able to serve you with better customer service, increased quality and phenomenal prices (with our local price match guarantee and our monthly email newsletter coupons it’s even better!). Ink and Toner Planet only uses high quality remanufactured cartridges, which is especially important […]

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