Cannot print just black and white - cannot print all black when a low cartridge

I had this 6700 Officejet just long enough the warranty has expired. Go figure. I have 2 problems.

1. from my PC, it will print not just black and white, even if I chose "printing black and white only. I have to go through the whole syetem of dialogue ect ect, which is delayed. It prints perfectly just black and white of my portable Macbok.

2. it won't let me print a document all in black and white, because I have a low color cartridge. Whey do I have to have color cartridges to print just a black and white document. Very annoying and frustrating. I'm almost ready to use as target.


Hi fpsolutionsllc,

Welcome to the Forums of HP Support! I understand your frustration and want to enlighten us and also bring some answers to your questions about the ink on your HP OfficeJet 6700 systems.

1. you are able to go to your printer properties and change your settings for printing in black and white only, without having to change it whenever you want to print something. See the steps listed below:

* Go to your devices and printers

* Right-click on your 6700 and select Print Options

* Select your desired default and press Ok

2. you cannot print without all cartridges installed because even if printing black and white printer will still use the ink contained in the cartridges of color for maintenance tasks. It takes little ink from all cartridges in the service of the print head and avoid any clogging. To get a better understanding of take a look here: use of inkjet printers ink.

I've found this useful information here: a 'ink alert' or "Low on ink" Message appears on the computer or the printer control panel

Thank you

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