Three Ways to Save on Color toner

As the administrator of your printing environment you already know how expensive color printing is. Are you interested in saving money on color toner? Here are a few different ways to encourage people to print smarter and lower your costs both with and without PaperCut. Read on to learn more.

Option A: Set the print queue default to Black and White (Windows Only)

In the world of Windows printing, it is possible to change a print queue so that Black and White is the default choice. User will still be able to override the option, but you can at least change what the default options will be. This is done through the “Printing Defaults” menu on the print server.


  • Windows user will see Black and White as the default option when they try to print, but can override this as needed.
  • Applicable only with Windows clients and print servers, so this won’t work for Mobility Print or Google Cloud Print users.
  • This is not a PaperCut feature, so it doesn’t need PaperCut to work.


  1. Log into the print server, and open the Print Management console by pressing Windows key + R, then type printmanagement.msc and hit Enter.
  2. Next, right-click on the printer you want to manage and choose Set Printing Defaults
  3. In this menu you should be able to set the default color choice of the print queue to grayscale/mono/black and white. Be aware that this menu might be completely different for each print driver, as this can be customized by the manufacturer. The screenshot below shows how this would look if you were configuring a printer that uses the PaperCut Global PostScript driver.

Option B: Use PaperCut to convert print jobs to Grayscale


  • PaperCut can be used to convert all print jobs to grayscale automatically for a specific printer or group of users.
  • Works with any kind of print server running PaperCut (Windows, Linux, macOS).
  • For this to work there are few prerequisites:
    • Make sure that Color Detection is enabled for the printer in PaperCut, which should already be on by default.
    • For some print drivers, Advanced Printing Features may need to be disabled.
    • Most print drivers should be supported, but check the Supported Printers page to confirm. When in doubt, use a PCL or PostScript driver.


  1. Log into the PaperCut Admin interface and open Printers and select a particular printer.
  2. Open the Filters & Restrictions tab and check the box Convert color jobs to grayscale for: all users.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Apply.​​

Option C: Prompt users to confirm color jobs with Print Scripting

If users are running the PaperCut User Client, then it’s possible to use PaperCut’s Print Scripting feature to send users a popup message to ask them if they really want to print in color.


  • PaperCut can be used to convert all print jobs to grayscale automatically for a specific printer or group of users.
  • Can be done with any print server running PaperCut, so long as the user is running the PaperCut User Client on their workstation to see the popup message.


  1. Log into the PaperCut Admin interface, open Printers and select a particular printer.
  2. Click on the Print Scripting tab.
  3. Check the box next to Enable Print Script.
  4. Select Import Recipe.
  5. Then import the script “Color print jobs require user confirmation”.

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