Finding the option to print in black and white will stop being an ordeal in OS X

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Surely more than once you have seen the need to print a document in black and white or a grayscale image, either because of job demands or simply to save color ink. However, this option is not always as handy as we imagine within OS X, since within the standard print window it is more than likely that we will not find this option.

This is mainly due to the controllers themselves integrated into the system or because the manufacturer has not contemplated this option for the user. On the other hand with a little trick we can keep using this function within OS X in a relatively easy way when printing the document.

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To carry out this «trick», the first thing we will do is place ourselves on the document and press the right mouse button (Ctrl + Click) to later choose «Open with» and select the Preview application. Now we will use the File> Export menu so that the Format option appears where we will choose PDF and later in Quartz filter we will select Black & White or Gray Tone if what we want is Black and White or gray scale respectively.

Once everything is done, it will save the document in the path that we have indicated in Location and we will be able to print that file in these two modes. Although it is not the most adequate or fast way to carry out prints of this type, but at least it is the safest way to access this option until the manufacturer of our printer in question deigns to put this feature within the controllers.

If, on the contrary, our problem is that it does not allow us to print anything through OS X, perhaps restoring the printing system can help us in this regard.


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  1.   Globetrotter65 said

    What tires me is that brands spend more effort developing for Windows than for Mac, in addition to the planned obsolescence for many (if not all) printers, both ink and laser. The latter cost enough so that the one that passes two operating systems in time, wham!, There is no compatible controller, and if there is, the functions are reduced to mere basic options (too much).
    I have an HP Color Laserjet 1600 that still works perfectly, but as the operating systems advance (not so the printer manufacturers), I find myself in a situation: either I go back to a Lion or change the printer. It is already good that we depend on the whims of each other.

    1.    Ramon OL said

      You are telling a truth like a world ... I support 100% what you tell ....

  2.   He saw said

    I still do not go because it does not let me export the document since it has a password

  3.   angel said

    In print settings or type and quality of the paper as the case may be, there is the option, you have to look for it, so as not to end up doing a series of unnecessary steps like those described here, and I am very surprised that being "apple experts" do all this ritual and more to the newbies who are going to be scared with all the processes that are described. well hey "apple experts"

  4.   Medusa said

    It seems surprising to me that due to the fact that we buy cartridges at all times, THE OPTION OF PRINTING IN black and white is not allowed. Since I have done all the steps but my printer despite HAVING black tonner as it lacks magenta does not support printing. I find it totally execrable.

  5.   Macarena said

    Thank you very much for the post!!! It has been very useful to me!!!!

  6.   Aracelly said

    Excellent reference on how to print in B&N