How to print a text document without having black ink in the cartridge

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Running and out of ink to print? Generally speaking, black ink is one of the most used in document creation, so it is essential. Now if you need to print a text document without having black ink in the cartridge, we will tell you how to do it. In case you have a computer like Chromebook, here we teach you how to print from it.

Learn how to print a text document without having black ink in the cartridge

First of all, you need to keep in mind what kind of printer you use. As some specific models do not allow you to print any documents if a cartridge is missing from the printer. Although black ink is available but some colors are missing, it is not possible to print with black ink alone. For this reason, the next one temporary option provided may not be valid for your printer.



Keep in mind that maybe it is not due to a lack of ink, but a printer system error, for example it throws us the message that it has no ink, if you have an Epson printer you can take a look at our review to remove this message.

Once you have determined if your printer is capable of printing without a cartridge, you can apply the following trick. If what you want is to print a text document without having black ink in the cartridge, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the text document you want to print in its entirety and save it on the computer where you will go to print.
  2. Select all the text of the document you need to print. You can do this by using the keyboard with the Ctrl and E keys, at the same time. You can also do this with the mouse moving the cursor over all the text.
  3. Then right-click on the selected text. You will see a box appear with various text configuration options. In the font color option, change the black color to blue dark or dark brown. When printing, these colors will be very similar to black ink.
  4. Save all changes make and print the text document.

On the other hand, if you try to print documents with a mobile phone, you can perform similar but slightly different steps, so that there are no leaks, we have made a step-by-step tutorial for you.



Other alternatives for inkless printing

In the event that the black ink in the cartridge runs out while printing a document, there are a few alternatives. That will allow you to solve the emergency of printing a document. If that's the case, follow these tips:

  1. Open the printer door in where the cartridge is located.
  2. Take the black ink cartridge out of the printer e tap it lightly with your hand. This will allow the rest of the ink adhering to the cartridge surfaces to settle on the base. Which would give you enough ink to print a few more pages.
  3. You should be cautious when doing this, as the ink can skip to the sides and could stain you.
  4. Reinsert the cartridge into the printer, making sure you do it correctly. Try printing the text document again.


Now if your printer allows you to print without a cartridge. By removing the black cartridge you can try to print the document. You just need to configure the black and white print, rather than in color. In doing so, the printer will use the dark tones of the color cartridges. To check this setting, you can print a test sheet.

Printers generally have an alert system. Where it is possible check the status of each cartridge. The recommendation is to pay attention to these notifications, this way you will avoid them failing during a print. Remember that these tips depend on the type of printer you have, as some won't let you print if a cartridge is missing.


We hope you find this article useful and that you can print a text document without having black ink in the cartridge. Remember that you should too perform frequent maintenance on your printer to ensure it works properly. Check back for practical information like this.

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