Use up excess CLI-8BK instead of using the PGI-5BK ink

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A Canon MP800 Series printer running under XP is used as an example in this guide.  The Windows user interface on Canon printers that use both the PGI-5BK and CLI-8BK ink tanks would be similar.

The steps to use black ink from the CLI-8BK instead of the PGI-5BK in a Canon MP800 Series printer are as follows:

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel and double click the 'Printers and Faxes' icon, then right click the 'Canon MP800 Series Printer' icon.  From the drop down menu that is displayed click the 'Printing Preferences...' option.
  2. The 'Main' tab of the 'Printing Preferences' screen is displayed with 'Plain Paper' as the current media type.  Change the media type to 'High Resolution Paper'.
  3. The media type should now be 'High Resolution Paper'.  Please note the setting for 'Color/Intensity' is 'Auto'.
  4. Change the 'Color/Intensity' to 'Manual'.  Once that is done the 'Set' button appears.  Click the 'Set' button.
  5. After clicking the 'Set' button the 'Printing Preferences' screen disappears and the 'Manual Color Adjustment' screen is displayed.  Please note the 'Color Balance' of the 'Black:' is 0.
  6. In the 'Color Balance' section of the 'Manual Color Adjustment' screen change the 'Black:' by clicking its left hand side slide button until it is -20.  If it was left at 0 it would be using excessive CLI-8BK ink, at -20 the effect of the printed output will match what would have been output from the PGI-5BK ink.  After changing the 'Black:' to -20 click the 'OK' button and the 'Manual Color Adjustment' screen will close.
  7. The 'Main' tab of the 'Printing Preferences' screen reappears; click the 'Apply' button then click the 'OK' button.

The MP800 Series printer should now be using the black ink from the CLI-8BK ink tank instead of the PGI-5BK ink tank.

There is a downside to this change, the printing will be slower as if it were printing photos.

To undo what has been done, just click the 'Defaults' button on the 'Main' tab of the 'Printing Preferences' screen follow by the 'Apply' button then click the 'OK' button.

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