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I can't for my life figure this out?! The accepted answer here isn't helping me.

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Found it! It was hidden in the depths of Preview printing options. Select Paper Type/Quality and it's under 'Color Options':

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EDIT - Cullub

In OSX 10.10.3, Preview

Under Quality & Media.

OSX 10.10.3

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  • In Yosemite, I found it in Imaging rather than Paper Type/Quality.
    – jonallard
    Feb 9, 2015 at 18:58
  • ... And I found it in Quality & Media - A Check box at the bottom.
    – Cullub
    May 22, 2015 at 18:52
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    In El Capitan, I found it in Image Options > Output Color > Black and White. I'm glad OS X makes this consistent. Mar 11, 2016 at 2:20
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    I also have El Capitan and the only menu options I have are "preview", "layout", "color matching", "paper handling", "paper feed", "cover page" and "supply levels". "Color matching" appears to be about encoding? None of the above have a grayscale checkbox. Could this be printer specific?
    – 2cents
    Feb 15, 2017 at 22:21
  • High Siera try Preview > Print dialog > color settings > none. You need to change it every time you print. fyi: I'm able to greyscale print from Acrobat Reader DC to same printer Aug 22, 2021 at 6:30
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I have a strong feeling the cause of the variety of locations is due to the printer drivers themselves.

The drivers are provided by the manufacturers, even the ones included with the OS. I don't think they all follow the same human interface guidelines or don't make much of an attempt at uniformity.

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For those of you who don't have the "Grayscale printing" option available on Canon printer: You can set this in "Canon IJ Printer Utility" app. You should be able to find it with Spotlight.

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I am using an Epson printer on a Mac and the grayscale printing option does not show up in the preview app when the file is a jpeg, png, or other image.

When I convert the image to PDF, that option appears.

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