How To Make Epson Printer Print Without Black Ink

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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.

  1.    Navigate to Printers and Devices in your Control Panel.
  2.    Select your printer and right click to open drop down option.
  3.    Click on Properties then click on Color Options in the ink set.
  4.    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.

For Windows:

  1.  Stop print queue or cancel the printing process.
  2. Go to Printer and Devices. Select your printer.
  3. Go to Quality Option and click on Plain Paper as the Type Setting.
  4. In the Print Option, check on Grayscale. This will limit your prints to monochrome only. Click Ok.
  5. An indicator of your monochrome setting will flash on your monitor.
  6. Run print.

For Mac:

  1. Stop print queue.
  2.  Navigate to Epson Printer Utility to open dialog box.
  3.   Click on Driver Settings. Check “Permit temporary black printing” box.
  4. Go to Print Settings. Click Plain papers for media type setting.
  5. Select Grayscale then click ok.
  6.    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.  

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  • Mac OSX does not open printers and scanners with any option for “greyscale” or “permit temporary black and white printing”. The driver opens with a notice that the color ink is out and you can choose to replace it or not. I think this info is based on very old OSX and microsoft.

    shelley on
  • Hi,

    How to do this for Epson L565? cannot find color option.

    Thank you,

    Mae on
  • This is not helping me to print black using colored ink. My printer is EPSON L210
    Thank you

    Oliver on
  • How would I do this off my android. I make sure it is on color and not black & white. Still says I need to change the cartridge. I do not have a computer just my cell that I am working off of.

    Lynn on

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