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  1. #1

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    Jan 02, 2011
    Preventing color printing
    Hi there,

    Is it possible to prevent color printing on a printer via the OS?

    I have a color laser (Samsung CLP-610) on my home network, but only want the adults in the house to be able to print in color. It's costing me way too much with the kids printing out full page Pokemon cards

    I don't see a way to do it on the printer settings, and was hoping that I could either
    a) disable color, or at least
    b) force greyscale to be the default

    Does anyone know how to do this?

    Many thanks

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    I think, from experience, that this all depends on the printer software. My old Canon used to allow you to set grayscale as a default, but my last Lexmark, and my current Canon have no such settings.
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    Mar 17, 2009
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    Make sure you have the latest drivers installed for your printer on each computer in your house. Then go into the settings on each computer and set it to grayscale or b&w and save the settings.

    As mentioned, it ultimately depends on your printer's drivers/software if it will even let you do that.
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  4. #4

    Member Since
    Jan 02, 2011
    Thanks for the replies.

    I do have the latest driver, but it appears that the only thing that is settable in the system preferences for the printer is the name of the printer.

    I'm running the latest OSX too.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    I just searched the Samsung site to see if there was any way to shut off color either from the driver side or hardware. I came up empty but try this:

    Open System Preferences, Print & Fax, highlight the Samsung, and then click on "Options & Supplies". That should bring up another dialog which contains four tabs: General, Driver, Supply Levels, Utility. (note: not every printer will show the "Utility" choice)

    Click on "Utility" if present. If there's a selectable grayscale option, it should be here. (Also go through the other tabs.) If nothing shows up, I'm afraid we're out of luck unless you can find another driver or updated driver.

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Jan 02, 2011
    3 Utility tab on my system. Thanks for the try though

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