Once in awhile your Epson color printer just runs out of black ink in the midst of a demanding document creation task. So, what should you do? Replace the ink cartridge? But there is no spare and running to buy a replacement will cost you time. If you are using Epson printer ink, here’s a quick solution to print in monochrome using the remaining color inks.
How do I get my Epson printer to print in monochrome without black ink?
Even without the black Epson ink, all the remaining color cartridges will print together to produce the black color. Here’s how to do it.
- Navigate to Printers and Devices in your Control Panel.
- Select your printer and right click to open drop down option.
- Click on Properties then click on Color Options in the ink set.
- Since black is out, click on the color set options and click Apply.
If you happen to be printing when the Epson printer ink run out, you can try this quick fix.
- Stop print queue or cancel the printing process.
- Go to Printer and Devices. Select your printer.
- Go to Quality Option and click on Plain Paper as the Type Setting.
- In the Print Option, check on Grayscale. This will limit your prints to monochrome only. Click Ok.
- An indicator of your monochrome setting will flash on your monitor.
- Run print.
- Stop print queue.
- Navigate to Epson Printer Utility to open dialog box.
- Click on Driver Settings. Check “Permit temporary black printing” box.
- Go to Print Settings. Click Plain papers for media type setting.
- Select Grayscale then click ok.
- Run Print.
No black Epson printer ink? No problem. Follow the instructions and continue to print in monochrome while waiting for your replacement to arrive.