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Photosmart 6520 only prints in black. How to switch to color printing?

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Photosmart 6520
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Using this printer fine with a 9 year old Dell.  Just bought a new Dell Inspiron and it won't print in color.  How to switch to color printing?


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If you have not done so,

Download-Save-Install the Full Feature Software for the printer.

HP Photosmart 6520 e-All-in-One Printer Full Feature Software and Drivers 

After the software is installed, Restart the computer and log in.



The printer software last released 2015.

It may still work with the latest versions of Windows 10.


What else?

If you have not done so, consider updating the printer Firmware

HP Photosmart 6520 e-All-in-One Printer series Firmware Update 


What else?

In general, Color printing is a matter of choosing / setting the appropriate Shortcut in Printing Preferences.


What else?

The printer might need maintenance or otherwise need to be checked.

No black ink, wrong colors, other print quality issues


What else?

Method - Create TCP IP port


Find printer's IP /  IPv4 address

Print a Configuration Page


Tap on the wireless icon on Printer Control / Display Panel

Control Panel > icon view > Devices and Printers

 Right-Click on the printer > Left-Click Printer Properties

 Select Tab Ports  > Add Port

 Select Standard TCP/IP Port > New Port and follow the wizard.
 Use / Enter IP address for the printer.

Example - How-to “Create TCP Port” Contributed by greenturtle

Video:  Create & Use TCP IP port
“Note that you can ALWAYS revert back to the original port that the HP software installed by selecting the HP port within the Ports tab (in Printer Properties)”


What else?

Try using a specific version of the Doctor to uncover any odd issues.

Details TKB article: Windows10 - No Color option available when printing to a network connected printer



Printer  Home Page - References and Resources – Learn about your Printer  - Solve Problems

 “Things that are your printer”

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When the website support page opens, Select (as available) a Category > Topic > Subtopic

HP Photosmart 6520 e-All-in-One Printer series 


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