Printing in “draft” or “economy mode” uses less ink and is a great way to preserve your cartridge life and prolong cartridge replacement. If you are printing out a document like an email where print quality isn’t an important factor, switch your printer to this setting! You can also tell your printer to print just in black by adjusting your printer settings to “grayscale” or “black ink only.” Grayscale often uses some combination of both the black and color inks to produce black text in order to keep all of the cartridges primed, but the amount of color that gets used is nominal.
How to adjust your printer settings in Windows:
- Pull up the printer menu, or hit “Control + P” on your keyboard
- Select printer properties
- The location of “draft mode” “economy mode” and “grayscale” varies depending on your printer. You may need to click around the printer settings menu to find it but it is typically located under the “Quality” or “Color Options” submenu. To start using it, just select your preferred mode, hit “OK” and start printing.
How to adjust your printer settings on a Mac:
- Pull up the printer menu, or hit "Command (⌘)-P" on your keyboard
- Select your printer
- Select "show details" to change your printer settings to black and white and start printing