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Veritas&Equitas
Apr 27, 2007, 09:45 PM
Yeah, total noob question. I'm trying to print an email in only black and white on my color printer, and can't figure out how to do it in the print options. Anyone offer some insight? Thanks!



mikes63737
Apr 27, 2007, 10:05 PM
You could copy and paste the e-mail into Word, Pages or even Text Edit and change the color and print it from there, but there should be an easier way.

Veritas&Equitas
Apr 27, 2007, 10:14 PM
You could copy and paste the e-mail into Word, Pages or even Text Edit and change the color and print it from there, but there should be an easier way.
Yeah, I figured I could do this, but there HAS to be an easier way?

devilot
Apr 27, 2007, 10:45 PM
Yeah, I figured I could do this, but there HAS to be an easier way?Okay, I think this print window is pretty standard regardless of which app you're using...

So go to Print and a window will pop up.
Go to the drop down menu labeled, "Copies & Pages."

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Then select, "Paper Type/ Quality."
Then under Paper> Color: select "Grayscale."

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Hope that helps. :)

Veritas&Equitas
Apr 27, 2007, 11:13 PM
Thanks devilot. I love you. The problem was that I didn't have the latest software/drivers for the printer, so I didn't have any of those options available. Once I installed those from the Canon website, I can find the "grayscale" option. What's up with "grayscale" anyways? Can't the just write, "Black & White?" /rant. Thanks again though devilot!

P.S. Nice on the Camino, I use it too.

Lau
Apr 28, 2007, 04:25 AM
Just in case someone searches for this thread and like me, has a crap HP printer that has no useful features whatsoever, I thought I'd add this as I came across it the other day.

For rough n ready black and white printing if you don't have a greyscale option (the pictures are a bit high-contrast) choose "ColorSync" and under "Quartz Filter" select "Black and white".

MisterMe
Apr 28, 2007, 07:52 AM
... What's up with "grayscale" anyways? Can't the just write, "Black & White?" /rant. ...Grayscale and black & white are different things. Grayscale is black on one endpoint, white on the other, with possible hundreds of shades of grade between them. This is a great choice for printing monochrome photographs and similar images. Often, black & white is 100% black or 100% white with no shades of gray. The latter is good for line art and half-tones. This is often the preferred choice when using a fax modem.

jonharris200
Nov 14, 2007, 04:25 PM
Can anyone tell me how to set things up so that grayscale is the default setting with my colour printer?

I'm running an internet cafe on Macs, and want the default to be black and white to save on ink - then just offer colour printing if people ask for it. I can't see anything in the print dialog box or preferences.

Ideas anyone?

SmurfBoxMasta
Nov 14, 2007, 05:54 PM
FYI......no such thing as black & white on inkjets......no way to make whitey ink ........ extremely light grey, yes, all black, yes, but NO whitey :D

swiftaw
Nov 14, 2007, 05:57 PM
Can anyone tell me how to set things up so that grayscale is the default setting with my colour printer?

I'm running an internet cafe on Macs, and want the default to be black and white to save on ink - then just offer colour printing if people ask for it. I can't see anything in the print dialog box or preferences.

Ideas anyone?

CHange the printer settings to Greyscale as shown earlier in the thread, then click the presents option, and choose Save as. Then, from then on, Greyscale will be the default preset for printing

bdenny28
Mar 12, 2009, 01:04 AM
To Print Black and White in Any Application:

Unfortunately, only the Preview application allows for grayscale printing (at least on my macbook pro). Take these steps to allow you to print in black and white in any application.

1) When you press "Print" in any application, you will have an option of "Preview" that is close to bottom left. Click on the "Preview" button.
2) This will open the document in Preview (the software program) as a PDF. Now click File > Print.
3) There should be a dropdown menu where "Preview" is currently selected. Click the dropdown menu and select "Quality & Media."
4) A checkbox titled "Grayscale Printing" should appear at the bottom. Check this box.
5) Push Print!

Darth.Titan
Mar 12, 2009, 01:13 AM
So nice of you to answer a two-year old thread that has already been answered.
:rolleyes:

james bass
Apr 8, 2009, 04:31 PM
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Maggiex
Jun 24, 2009, 05:21 PM
Actually, that IS pretty nice of him to answer this "old" question.. You really have a problem by adding sarcasm, there was no need to.
You don't know who will need this info out there. I just found this place by gooling the exact words on the title.. And none of the answers were correct; nothing worked. It could be because of the upgrades and all, but having someone posting the latest info will save a lot of people's time! :) And is very much appreciated... Ungrateful people such as yourself need to be out a of place like this then, where people help each other.

So nice of you to answer a two-year old thread that has already been answered.

MsNice
Nov 13, 2009, 05:46 AM
Actually, that IS pretty nice of him to answer this "old" question.. You really have a problem by adding sarcasm, there was no need to.
You don't know who will need this info out there. I just found this place by gooling the exact words on the title.. And none of the answers were correct; nothing worked. It could be because of the upgrades and all, but having someone posting the latest info will save a lot of people's time! :) And is very much appreciated... Ungrateful people such as yourself need to be out a of place like this then, where people help each other.

Yes, thank you Bdenny, very much for answering it actually helped me. And thank you MaggieX for speaking up!!! Know that you have spoken for many others that are not members of this forum. I was not a member but joined just to say thank you!!

Drizzt0001
Feb 14, 2010, 12:23 PM
Yes, thank you Bdenny, very much for answering it actually helped me. And thank you MaggieX for speaking up!!! Know that you have spoken for many others that are not members of this forum. I was not a member but joined just to say thank you!!

Yes, I am a new member as well, just to say thank you...

We own a Canon MX860 and there is a little selector to the right of the printer name. Clicking on that gives you more print options. Then choose Quality & Media, select box next to grayscale. I also chose fast so that it moves things along.

Key: either way you choose to do it, you need to select "Last Used Settings" below the printer name instead of "Standard" otherwise you will lose this setting the next time you print. Then, after you have printed, you can go back to print and select "Save As" where you selected "Last Used Settings" then you will have a grayscale print option. You can then select this preset from any application you are running. Again, make sure you are always selecting last used settings in your applications so that you do not have to change it everytime. Having the preset will also allow you to print in color when you want and grayscale when you don't...

PS. I would have done screenshots like Bdenny28, but I am too new for that stuff. Could have done it in a heartbeat on a PC but I have already spent 60 minutes trying to figure out how to print in grayscale!!! I can't take another 60 minutes to include screenshots...! Seriously though, we love our Macs and will not go Bac! :D

Happy grayscale printing! I like to think of it as black and white myself, but that is not technically accurate I learned by reading this thread...:)

PhantomFreak
Feb 22, 2010, 12:10 PM
I'd got irritated of every time I wanted to print something in B&W I had to go to File... Print... Bottom Dropbox (usually set to copies and pages)... Printer Features... And set Output Mode to Grayscale.

I eventually figured it out how to set the default action to Grayscale using the old-school Linux command line route. You have to find the cups setting file in terminal and edit it using Pico.

For those interested in this, check out my blog entry here...

http://www.jamesmuirhead.com/?p=68

Should tell you everything you need to know... If anyone is trying this in Leopard or Snow Leopard, drop me a message to confirm it still works.

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3GB of RAM
1TB WD Caviar Green (replaced dead standard 160GB, now runs cooler)
Still using original Tiger install (may upgrade soon).

sasayaku
Apr 9, 2010, 10:03 AM
hey, thanks for answering, this may be a bit of a noob question as well, but I was wondering if this grayscale setting uses up varying levels of black to print or does it mix up the colors to make gray? I know some settings on windows does this...

maczach16
Apr 9, 2010, 10:27 AM
hey, thanks for answering, this may be a bit of a noob question as well, but I was wondering if this grayscale setting uses up varying levels of black to print or does it mix up the colors to make gray? I know some settings on windows does this...

It uses black and white.

owazio
Jul 25, 2010, 12:32 PM
"devilot" i was really facing this problem and now it's fixed, thanks to you :)

mabaker
Sep 21, 2010, 12:14 PM
It’s amazing that Apple didn’t get it straight and removed SO MANY features from 10.4. Here how to more or less properly print in B&W under 10.6:

1. By clicking on "PDF" in the print dialog box, choose "Edit Menu..."

2. An "Edit PDF Menu" box appears, listing "Printing Workflows"

3. Click the plus sign and navigate to Applications>Utilities>ColorSync Utility and open ColorSync Utility. This will add it to the PDF menu in the print dialog box.

4. Whenever the need to use the quartz filter in Colorsync arises for making PDFs, now just open it from the PDF menu in the print dialogue box and the Pages document will open up as a PDF in ColorSync Utility. Choose from the "Filter" options at bottom left (for file compression use "reduce file size").

psiclist
Oct 26, 2010, 10:56 AM
It’s amazing that Apple didn’t get it straight and removed SO MANY features from 10.4. Here how to more or less properly print in B&W under 10.6:

1. By clicking on "PDF" in the print dialog box, choose "Edit Menu..."

2. An "Edit PDF Menu" box appears, listing "Printing Workflows"

3. Click the plus sign and navigate to Applications>Utilities>ColorSync Utility and open ColorSync Utility. This will add it to the PDF menu in the print dialog box.

4. Whenever the need to use the quartz filter in Colorsync arises for making PDFs, now just open it from the PDF menu in the print dialogue box and the Pages document will open up as a PDF in ColorSync Utility. Choose from the "Filter" options at bottom left (for file compression use "reduce file size").

Greyscale is NOT B&W. Canon and the other printer companies just want you to use up your ink printing unnecessary backgrounds. The above solution, while it did turn the pdf to B&W, I can not print it. So I will stick it to Canon by using Grab to capture the Color Sync filtered version, and print that. I am using 10.5.8 so that may be why the above solution does not work for me.

WALL-E
Dec 13, 2010, 09:47 PM
i landed here like others long after the original post but still stumbling around finding a way to B/W or grayscale. I found that devilot's info is still very close as of 12/2010 for OS 10.6.5 when I'm printing out of Safari, Pages, and many other applications. (thanks, d, if you're still around...) In the regular print window, set your printer first at the top pulldown, because the software detects the printer type and that changes things (e.g., if you are printing to a B/W laser printer, the instructions below won't work because there is no "Color Options" drop down in the Paper Type/Quality section). The pulldown options halfway down the window will usually default to "Layout" -- select Paper Type/Quality instead, just like d says. There will then be a tiny little Color Options drop down that appears just to the bottom right of the preview image. One of the selections when you click the Color Options arrow is grayscale. I have also found that my HP printers all offer a Preset (right under the Printer: choice at the top of the page) with a Plain paper, Fast draft, black and white" option. It's very fast, good quality, but just B/W not grayscale.

MacMommaNewbie
Jun 21, 2011, 10:38 AM
From "File", Select "Print" in drop down menu
Select "Copies and Pages"
Select "Printer Feature"
You will see "Document Color"- it is defaulted to "color"
Choose "Black Only"
Then click "Print"

Hope this helps someone out there. I couldn't find if for months!:rolleyes:

SPRACK
Jun 21, 2011, 10:11 PM
You can click on File, then Print... or Command-P
Then , a window will pop out. click on Copies and Pages and scroll down to Quality And Media. Below “Print Quality” , you will see a check box with ‘Grayscale Printing’ beside it. Click on the box and print your document. :)

PedoJuco
Jul 3, 2011, 12:50 PM
Okay, I think this print window is pretty standard regardless of which app you're using...

So go to Print and a window will pop up.
Go to the drop down menu labeled, "Copies & Pages."

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Then select, "Paper Type/ Quality."
Then under Paper> Color: select "Grayscale."

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Hope that helps. :)

BIG THANKS! I'm new to the Mac and this type of posts make my life easier. Thank You Thank You Thank You

spidey3
Jul 3, 2011, 01:48 PM
Note: If your goal is to save your color print cartridge, and only use the black one, just printing in greyscale might not do the job.

Depending on the printer, you may also need to select Paper Type/Quality -> Color Options -> Black/gray photo cartridge only (see attachment).

freeworld23
Jul 12, 2011, 07:25 AM
If you making B&W prints with an inkjet printer, it requires some finessing in order to get those prints that live up to the hype of “glorious black & white.” Well, the best way to “process” a B&W image is to use the “grayscale” setting in your image processing program (Photoshop, Lightbox) and you give something up when you’re asking the color inks to approximate the gray tonalities. One of the ways to eliminate the color cast is to use specialized monochromatic ink sets. These inks (http://www.inkjetsuperstore.com/), which you can easily replace your color ink cartridges with, produce shades of gray (usually 15%, 25%, 45%, 50% and 75%), plus the Black. This allows you to end up with prints that have extremely smooth tonalities and, thankfully, no color cast

freeworld23
Jul 14, 2011, 11:32 AM
Hope this could help

learnin'
Jul 16, 2011, 10:32 AM
Thanks for these tips. I changed the setting in word and email sucessfully, (using the 'Paper Type/Quality" drop down, then clicking BOTH grayscale AND "use black cartridge only" in "color options". This worked for print jobs in Word and in email, but Safari is still printing in color!!! :(

freeworld23
Jul 16, 2011, 01:43 PM
If you are wondering how to print in black and white and when you print in grayscale, you get an image that contains variations of gray tones between black and white. When you choose to print, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 sets the colors in your presentation to match your selected printer's capabilities. It depends on what you want to print it can be the presentation, handouts, notes pages, or just the outline, A layout for handouts, Orientation (portrait or landscape) for handouts, notes pages, or an outline, Header and footer options. You can simply apply different grayscale or black-and-white settings to different objects (and to the background) on the same slide. Select the object for which you want to set grayscale or black-and-white settings, and then set the properties on the View menu. Do not make a selection for your ink cartridges (http://www.inkjetsuperstore.com/) when you want to specify the grayscale and black-and-white settings for the background, and then set the properties on the View menu.

learnin'
Jul 17, 2011, 09:59 AM
Hmmm. It's not so much that I care if it uses the color cartridge, or how it manages to create grayscale. My issue is that anything I print from Safari uses a kind of PINK color, and the setting for "fast draft" makes the thing I printed completely unreadable. I just want B&W, or grayscale, or whatever, but every setting I can find in Safari and print combos for color does not seem to change anything. I am pasting the content to word as unformatted text and managing it from there.

davak
Aug 11, 2011, 07:29 AM
I've updated our original article to include directions for printing from any application in grayscale (http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/6538/mac-print-from-any-application-in-black-and-white-grayscale/) for the changes in lion.

Mac Goddess
Oct 22, 2011, 09:58 AM
Thanks everyone for answering this -new and old answers! I had my old HP printer so long that I had forgotten how to get to the grayscale option to make a new preset. The new printer now has (5) - count em - expensive cartridges to replace - so this info was really important!

mfunksta
Dec 14, 2011, 09:30 AM
I can't find any of the options on my menus. It seems that for some reason my version doesn't have a b&w option, which is NUTS. It's gotta be somewhere.

Here is my main menu

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Any help, greatly appreciated.

queenhermione
Jul 5, 2012, 05:10 AM
This helped me a lot this morning - once I had fiddled with the Cannon settings I finally found the greyscale check box - couldn't have done it without the help of the people after Mr Sarcasm as it had not been completely answered at that time. I needed it for a job application where I don't have enough time to go out and buy a colour cartridge.

My advice to future hunters - keep searching, it'll be there somewhere!

Thanks everyone for answering this -new and old answers! I had my old HP printer so long that I had forgotten how to get to the grayscale option to make a new preset. The new printer now has (5) - count em - expensive cartridges to replace - so this info was really important!