Are you going through printer ink so fast your budget can’t keep up? While printers seem like straightforward technology, there’s more than meets the eye. Many times the default settings are geared towards higher ink usage, requiring frequent replacements. Buy yourself some time before your next cartridge order, and optimize your printing with these six settings.
Use Draft Quality
You may have to dig deep to switch the settings, but most printers have a draft or economy mode that uses less ink. Similar results can be achieved in toner printers by adjusting the resolution. While the quality will be lower, these settings are ideal for printing text documents and other items you’re using for personal reference.
Shrink to Fit
An underutilized printing feature, shrink to fit will condense documents into your desired number of pages. This is mostly done by adjusting font size, limiting the amount of ink saved, but creating less paper waste. Microsoft Word users can learn more about shrink to fit settings in this guide.
Print a Page Range
Who among us hasn’t printed a six page document, only to actually need just the fourth page? Cut down on both ink and paper by selecting the specific range of pages you want to print. It can sometimes be difficult to discern if you’ve selected your desired pages, so use the page-number feature to make sure you’re on the same page as the word processor.
Instead of saddling yourself with a stack of paper, try multi-page printing. Some printers allow you to use both the front and back of a page, while other common word-processing programs give you tiling options to fit several separate pages on a single sheet. If most of your documents come in PDF form, this guide from Adobe demonstrates how to use their multi-page settings.
Use Century Gothic
Reducing ink use doesn’t always require accessing advanced settings. Something as simple as a font change can actually have the biggest impact. Studies have shown the Century Gothic font uses 30% less ink than popular fonts such as Arial. Times New Roman is also a top choice for reducing your ink use.
Ignore the Warnings
Sadly, printers are not to be trusted. Low-ink warnings are often premature, encouraging you to buy a new cartridge when your old one still has plenty of pages left to give. In some cases, printers refuse to work unless you replenish their reserves. To get around this obstacle, see if your cartridge has a hidden memory reset button. For more details on the resetting process, check out this video.
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