Enable Grayscale Printing in Canon Pixma MP250 series on Ubuntu .

In this post I am going to explain about how to enable Grayscale Printing in Canon Pixma MP250 series printer . You can refer to my tutorial here in case you want to install the printer and scanner on Ubuntu and any other Linux distro .

To enable the Grayscale printing just follow the following steps .

1. Click System –> Administration –> Printing .

2. Now right-click on your printer and select properties .

3. Now select Job Options

4 . Now scroll down to the bottom .

5. At the bottom you will see a text box . In that text box add “CNGrayscale” (without qoutes) and click on Add button .

6. Once you click add there will appear another text box right above the first text box . So in the second text box add “TRUE” and click on apply .

Thats all , now your printer will print in Grayscale mode . In case you want to print in color mode just change the TRUE to FALSE .

If there is something that you did not understand , you can ask me in the comments .

45 thoughts on “Enable Grayscale Printing in Canon Pixma MP250 series on Ubuntu .

  • July 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm
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    Its another simple options
    After click on properties
    > click Printer option ,
    > select color Model ,
    > select Grayscale printing

    But my printer is Canon MP145.

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    • July 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm
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      this solution does not work for the MP250 series printer . But thanks for sharing it .

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  • August 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm
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    Thanks again man…
    You saved my day…
    Thank you…

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  • September 13, 2010 at 2:41 am
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    Thanx man. This is a great tuto… Where can I find another options to add?. Maybe print quality.

    Greetings

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    • September 13, 2010 at 9:50 am
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      I am glad that you liked the tutorial. For other options you can refer to the manual at canon site for your printer.

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      • October 21, 2010 at 3:22 am
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        Did you find out about “CNGrayscale” in the Canon manual? I’ve found some manuals for the Canon PIXMA MP240, but they mention nothing about such things! I found some info on a German site about such options (http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Canon-Drucker#Zusaetzliche-Eintraege-in-Druckertreiber). For example, it mentions there “CNQuality”, but I don’t know what value to type in to make this work. In the case of “CNGrayscale” we had to type in TRUE, but what would we write in there for “CNQuality”?

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  • September 13, 2010 at 3:55 am
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    I have a Canon Pixma MP620. I usually enable grayscale printing using the “printer settings” dialogue box to save ink. however, frequently when i disable or uncheck the grayscale option to print in color, it still prints in grayscale. any tips on that? thank you!

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    • September 13, 2010 at 9:49 am
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      I have never used that model, but I will see what I can do to help you solve your problem.

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  • October 21, 2010 at 3:15 am
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    Thanks for this tip. It worked for my Canon MP240 printer. I’ve now got grayscale up and running. Just one problem, though – when I change the saturation percentage in the options, it makes no difference! The resulting print out looks just the same as when the saturation was set at 100%. Very strange.

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      • October 26, 2010 at 4:07 am
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        The feature of ‘saturation’ is indeed supported by the Canon MP240. The driver from TurboPrint enables this feature. It must be a mistake in the driver from Canon – they clearly intended for this feature to work as they put a check box in there!

        Basically, the free driver supplied by Canon is a bit sloppy. I mean, why on earth make us add in weird bits of code just to get some basic features working?! For someone who knows what they’re doing, it would take five minutes to get absolutely all the features working properly! The guys behind TurboPrint must be delighted that the manufacturers can’t be bothered with this!

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  • December 20, 2010 at 5:06 am
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    I just added the “CNGrayscale” text box to my IP3600 options. It works, thank you harbhag!

    Tomorrow I’ll apply this to my Mum’s IP1900 :). We all use openSUSE here. Cheers!

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  • March 12, 2011 at 2:14 am
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    Thanks for the tip. It works for my Canon MG6150.

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  • April 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm
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    Works perefectly with MP280. Thank you very much!

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  • April 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm
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    Also works with MP560, where the color model “grayscale” is missing in the UI, too. Great hint!

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  • May 2, 2011 at 11:32 am
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    Really thanks, It worked perfectly, you are Genius !!

    Is there other options like this one we can add?

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  • August 5, 2011 at 12:04 am
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    Have you figured out if the printed grayscale is from the black or the color cartridge?

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  • October 13, 2011 at 8:12 am
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    thank’s…thank’s..thank’s..very much..

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  • October 17, 2011 at 3:35 am
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    Thanks a lot!!!!

    It’s working for my Canon MG5250

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  • October 21, 2011 at 12:22 am
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    Thanks for the information, this solution works for the Canon ip2600 on ubuntu 11.04
    I can now print in grayscale even when my colour ink has ran out.

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  • November 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm
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    Thanks a lot! MP190 prints in grayscale now! Was unable to select it from Printing Options…..

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  • December 10, 2011 at 8:10 am
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    works for Canon ip1900 too… thank you very much

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  • December 11, 2011 at 5:04 am
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    Thanks so much!
    My MP250 now runs grayscale in PCLinuxOS.
    I was just about to dump this thing as I don’t have any real need for color and don’t want to invest in the color cartridges just to print black, they’re to dang expensive as it is.
    Sal

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  • May 3, 2012 at 5:13 am
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    Thank you sooooo much, you saved us !!!
    I confirm this tip’s working on a Pixma MG5350 !!!

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  • June 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm
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    Great, It works for my mp495. Thank you.
    How can I enable two sided printing?

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  • July 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm
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    Hi, I’ve added a CNGrayscale option and set it to true, but I still can’t print in black and white. My printer model is MP258 and I’m using fedora17. By the way, I noticed that there is a “print-color-mode” under the “CNGrayscale” option, and it is set to color, I can’t remove it nor set it to monochrome. Also, under the Printer options, and under Printer Features Common, there is a “Ink type” option which is set to CMY color, no other choices.
    Please help. Thanks.

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  • January 29, 2013 at 10:00 am
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    unfortunately, ip2770 keeps printing in color mode after I tried it

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  • March 23, 2013 at 8:55 am
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    THANK YOU!!!
    Worked with a Canon iP1800!

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  • April 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm
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    Hello, I used this option for my IP2600 under Ubuntu and it worked. However, when I switch CNGrayscale to “false”, the printer does not print in color anymore. Actually even removing the option form the printer properties, the printer does not print in color anymore. I’m afraid I’ll have to reinstall the driver. Any help?

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  • December 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm
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    Hi sorry to be dumb but I have a mac and use their OS and I can’t find System -> Administration -> Printing anywhere…is it different on a mac? The greyscale option isn’t available anywhere in the printer dialogue box either but I’m desperate to figure out how to print in black and white only. Any help would be very welcome…

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    • August 21, 2014 at 1:36 am
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      me too. I have resorted to kicking the printer, but that doesn’t work 🙁

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  • February 25, 2014 at 4:11 am
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    как изменить размер по ширине и высоте припечати фото на принтере CANON MP280 Есле можно по подробней.Зарание СПАСИБО.

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  • November 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm
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    The grayscale in canon MP540 also uses color ink, and prints far slower than usual mode. so Help, How can I print fast and cheap?QAQ

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  • August 15, 2015 at 5:37 am
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    i don’t have this option with my mac.
    🙁
    can i do it manually on my actual printer?
    ( mp250)

    thanks

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