How to Disable Color Management in a Printer Dialog

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In addition to the options it gives you to control the number of copies of a document you want to print and the orientation of your document on the page, a printer dialog box includes a so-called "Color Management" utility, which allows you to manually control the ratio of the different colors of ink it uses when printing. Disabling this feature--which allows your printer to automatically control how much color it uses--is as simple as a few clicks of your mouse and requires only a few minutes to complete.

  • Open a printer dialog box. If you use Windows, press and release the "Windows" key to open the "Start" menu, then move your mouse over to "Printers and Faxes" and click it. Locate your printer within the window, right-click on it and click "Properties." On a Mac, click the name of your hard drive in the "Finder," then "Library" and then "Printers." Click the name of your printer, then click "Options & Supplies."

  • Enter the "Color Management" menu. Click the "Advanced" button ("Advanced Color Settings" if you use a Mac), then move your mouse to the top-right corner of the printer dialog box.

  • Disable "Color Management." Click your mouse inside the circle next to "ICM," then next to the text "No Color Adjustment" in the "ICC Profile" pane. Click "OK."

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