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If you’re like me, you:

1. Use a Mac to print coupons.
2. Don’t have a black and white ONLY printer.
3. Print all your coupons in color.


When printing most coupons on my Mac, I’m not given the option to print in black and white, and there is no way to change it system-wide like there is on Microsoft Windows. So I went on a hunt to discover a way to print coupons in black and white with the least amount of effort.


Step 1: Pause or unplug your printer from the Mac. You can pause the printer by opening the Print & Scan pane in the System Preferences. Access this by clicking the Apple menu in the top left and clicking System Preferences. Once you have Print & Scan open, double click the printer you're using and then click "Pause Printer" in the window that opens.

Step 2:  Now print as you normally do. You will notice a job will appear in the printer window. There should be a small arrow beside the job status. Click the arrow once and then click "Open with Preview" in the top right of the pop up. The coupon will now open in Preview and you can select "File" > "Print" from the menu or press Command + P.

Step 3: Adjust your settings to print as grayscale with the black print cartridge only, demonstrated in the picture below:

Step 4: Select PRINT.

Step 5: Return to the printer window and delete the original print job or it will print 2 copies of the same coupon. To delete the first print job, simply select it and click "Delete." Once you've done this, you can click "Resume Printer" and your coupon will print in black and white.

*This should work on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). This was tested on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) with a HP Officejet J3680 using the HP driver package found on

This has been a guest post by Scott from St. Louis, MO
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