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09-20-2009 01:41 PM - edited 09-20-2009 01:49 PM
Well, I just realized that my trusty HP Photosmart 8250 that I have had for 4 years (still works good... built like a Sherman tank) doesn't have the "print in grayscale" feature in the Print menu settings after I upgraded to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Even after updating to the new HP drivers from Apple and 10.6.1, it still didn't come back. This is a huge bummer, as I used this feature quite often, particularly for black text-only documents.
Do any of the HP inkjet printers or MFPs currently being sold have the "print in grayscale" feature under Snow Leopard, or does HP plan on adding this feature back into a future driver? I really didn't want to upgrade, as this printer still works and has served me so well, but if it goes, it goes.
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09-21-2009 04:26 PM
UPDATE: I just updated to the new HP v.2.2 drivers for Snow Leopard, and Print in Grayscale is still not available for the Photosmart 8250.
Anyone at HP know if/when this feature will come back in a future driver update?
09-21-2009 06:35 PM
I believe that Grayscale printing is supported with the HP inkjet printers and 10.6. I don't have your exact model but the feature set is pretty much the same for all the HP Inkjet printers.
I found the 'Print in Grayscale' option from the print dialog box - Open the triangle so you see the extended Print Dialog box. Select Paper Type/Quality - open the triangle next to Color Options menu at the bottom center of the Print Dialog box. In the 'Color' menu you should be able to select Grayscale, Color Smart/sRGB, etc.
Hopefully that works for you,
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10-17-2009 01:29 PM
I read where you have had the same problem with your Photosmart 8250. I just upgraded my Mac to Snow Leopard and I can't get the printer to print in B/W. Everything comes out with a heavy magenta cast. I see where you found the solution. What did you do? I see the guy from HP said something about the print driver. Well, I can't even find that. Can you help? My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate your assistance.
11-15-2009 01:35 PM
I would like to be able to set grayscale or black only print to "best" quality. Is there a way to do that in Snow Leopard? Right now the best I can do is "plain paper, fast draft, black and white." This when printing documents from Microsoft Office (word,excel, entourage) Mac 2008 or from the internet using Firefox.
11-16-2009 10:11 AM
11-16-2009 05:26 PM
My print dialogue did not include steps 2, 3 and 4. But I did the other steps and it seems to work fine. I will really know when the printer stops eating up the color ink cartridge.
Thank you for your help.