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Old 09-07-2006, 02:51 PM   #1
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MS Word can be set to print colours black if the printer prints only monotone. Have Acrobat & Acrobat Reader similar settings? If so, where is it found? (And, perhaps, if not, why not?)

   
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Michael, I just looked in the Printers folder and examined the settings of the Distiller and Adobe PDF print drivers. Neither allows you to specify colours as black (or even monochrome priting). However, there is nothing to stop you installing a PostScript printer driver that does have this feature to create the PS file for input to Distiller.

As to why not: cheaper colour printing has become so ubiquitous, perhaps that is a contributory factor?
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installing a PostScript printer driver that does have this feature to create the PS file for input to Distiller
That's a good idea: thanks.

I prepared a document the other day with boxes for voting, and I coloured the 'yes' boxes green, the 'no' boxes red, and the 'abstain' boxes grey. The draft (in Word) was sent to a colleague, who commented that when printed just black and white, only the 'no' (red) boxes printed really dark. I said at first that he had forgotten to choose the right option in Word (my print-outs had the box outlines equally black), but I realized later that people would download the form as PDF, and most of them wouldn't have a colour printer. Collapse of stout party!

   
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