Printer Not Printing Black? Here’s How to Fix It

The answer is simple. If your printer is not printing black, you are running low on black ink.

So, start by checking the ink levels on your printer.

If necessary, refill the ink or change the cartridges.

No worry if you get ink on your hands during the process😉 Here’s a quick guide to help you get printer ink off hands in no time.

Pro Tip: Print Black Without Using Black Ink

If you’re in a rush to print a document, you can set the Paper Type to Glossy from the Printing Preferences and print without even having black ink.

Isn’t that interesting?

Do it from Windows Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners > choose printer and open Printing Preferences.

But here comes the bad news! I don’t recommend this method for long term as it consumes other ink to produce black color.

And guess what? It will deplete overall ink on your printer too quick.

Moreover, your printer starts printing slowly and causes overheating😫

So, what’s better is you fill the ink on your printer as soon as possible.

Run the Printhead Cleaning Cycle

Another possible case is that the printhead responsible for spraying black ink is clogged. So, you’re not getting black color on your printout.

Try running the printhead cleaning cycle and it should do the job.

You can do it from the Printing Preferences on Windows Settings.

On printers with touch screen, you have to navigate to the Maintenance menu to do the needful.

On a side note: Printhead cleaning equally helps to fix the problems like printer printing lines, printer printing blurry and printer printing blank pages. Amazing, right?

Well, that was all of them. Please let me know if you have any queries. I will reply to you ASAP😉

Meet Deependra Pangeni, the printer expert and founder of With a background in Computer Engineering and a huge collection of printers, Deependra knows all about printing. He shares his how-to guides, solutions and tips on to help everyone print perfectly.

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