Print as gray
Q. I have a colour laser printer and I would occasionally like to print in grayscale to save the colour toners or when colour output is not necessary. How do I do that on Leopard.
A. Apple has redesigned the Print dialog box to make printing easier. The print dialog includes a preview of the page. Some programs, such as Adobe and Microsoft, use their own styled Print dialog, however the standard Apple dialogs have been improved.
At the top you can choose which Printer, and load any presets you have saved. Enter in the number of copies, the page range and the paper size. You can set the orientation and scaling, which will be previewed on the left side. There is also a pull down menu specific to the program that you are using.
What you will see depends on the type of printer you have selected. If you have chosen a colour laser printer you may see â€œPrint Characterâ€ (or something like that) where you can choose more options. In the case of my Lexmark printer a radio button appears labeled â€œB&Wâ€ â€“ which when selected outputs the page in grayscale using only the black toner.