You may be able to print when one printer cartridge is empty by adjusting your printer settings, but it depends on the leniency of your printer. It can be incredibly frustrating when your printer prevents you from printing black text just because one of your color cartridges is empty. Unfortunately, many new printers are designed to block you from printing if a cartridge is out of ink, forcing you to buy more ink at the least convenient time. However, there are some printer settings that may let you print for a short period before you put an order in for that new cartridge. If you are looking to print black text, try changing your printer settings to “grayscale” or “black only”. Grayscale often uses some combination of both the black and color inks to produce black text, but the color ink usage is nominal and you might be able to coerce a few more prints despite the empty cartridge message. If you are out of black ink and only want to print with the color cartridges, see if your printer has a “color only” setting. Not all printer models will have this option in their settings menu, but it is worth a look. If all else fails, you’ll need to replace that empty cartridge to continue printing.