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My printer ran out of black ink, but the color cartridge still has a lot of ink. I want to print using only ink from the color cartridge. I used to be able to do this using advanced printer settings of the printer driver in Windows 7. I was wondering if and how it can be done using Ubuntu. I'm also new to Ubuntu,so I have no idea how to fiddle around with advanced settings.

My printer is a Canon iP2770 inkjet.

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  1. Open up the Printers utility.
  2. Right click on your printer and select Properties.

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  3. From the list on the left side, select Printer Options. Then scroll down to the Printer Features Common section and change the Ink Set option to Color.

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  4. Hit Apply. The printer will now print using only the ink from the color cartridge.

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:( My Ink Set only has None as an option. – Nathan J. Brauer Nov 15 '14 at 6:13
Thanks Alvin, works on Canon MP270. – AJN Nov 23 '15 at 14:00

I think its just the software for canon does the thing not the OS check

and download proper driver for linux this may help you

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