Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Desktops > iMac

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Mar 23, 2012, 06:07 PM   #1
agrudsky
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
How to permanentely print in grayscale - OS X Lion

Hello All,
I am wondering how to change the settings so that I can always print in grayscale, and not use Color on a Brother MFC-J430W.
Don't tell me that I have to go into Printer Settings, click Grayscale, and press Save As Default, because I've already tried that. The next time I go to print, it goes right back to the Default Settings, with Color.
Thanks.
agrudsky is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 23, 2012, 06:27 PM   #2
jahala
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
ColorSync Utility

You want to use ColorSync Utility. Launch it, then find your device in the list of printers. Change use the drop down labeled Current Profile to choose other, then navigate to /System/Library/ColorSync/Profiles.

Select one of the gray profiles and click the Open button. Try printing. You may have try a few different profiles until you find the best one. Then just close ColorSync Utility. The grayscale profile is now permanently assigned to your printer. ColorSync Utility does need to remain running.

Good luck.

Alternatively, you might try setting the default option for the printer in CUPS instead of changing the color profile. To do that, open Safari and go to the following URL: http://127.0.0.1:631

You will get to the CUPS home page. CUPS is the printing subsystem in OS X and most other Unix systems. Now click on the Administration tab of the page and click on the Manage printers button.
Somewhere in this process you will be prompted for a username and password. Use your short name (the name of your home directory) and your password.

Now click on the link for your printer. You will come to a page for that printer with two drop downs at the top: Maintenance and Administration. Click on the Administration drop down and choose set default options. You will get one or more links at the top of the page followed by some options you can set. Find the color settings and pick grayscale, then click the button at the bottom of the page called "Set Default Options"

Now you have changed the default permanently. While you are in that section you might also set other defaults you don't like.

Hope that helps.

Last edited by jahala; Mar 23, 2012 at 06:35 PM. Reason: Remembered about CUPS default settings.
jahala is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 24, 2012, 10:18 AM   #3
agrudsky
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
That worked. Thanks, jahala.
agrudsky is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Desktops > iMac

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Resolved: OS X Lion installed on partition - how to change read/write permissions JayS90 OS X 2 Oct 4, 2011 11:47 AM
How to transfer an iMac HD to a Macbook HD(for someone who posted this earlier) AppleFanatic10 iMac 0 Sep 8, 2011 03:06 AM
OS X Lion - Excessive heat issues... (MBP) legreve Mac Applications and Mac App Store 1 Jul 21, 2011 03:10 AM
How Do You Print in Grayscale? bobber205 OS X 5 Feb 19, 2008 09:33 AM
Help - how to format prints in iPhoto? xrayyou Mac Applications and Mac App Store 13 Jan 2, 2005 11:55 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:41 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC