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8 Techniques to Stretch Printer Ink

Small adjustments can greatly cut down on ink costs and make for a greener printer. Try these 8 techniques to reduce your outlay on printer ink.


 1. Change Fonts

Times New Roman and Arial tend to be the default fonts. Switch to a lighter font, like Century Gothic, to reduce how much ink is required for each letter. Change your default font on Word by going to Format > Font, select a font, and save as "default."


 2. Use Smaller Font Sizes

Reduce the font size to 10 or less, but don't sacrifice legibility. If you can easily read the smaller font on your screen, you'll likely be able to read it on paper.


 3. Use Ecofont

Ecofont (http://www.ecofont.com) reduces your ink usage by "shooting holes" into the font your using. There's no loss of legibility or impact on your layout. With a couple mouse clicks, you can choose familiar fonts like Arial, Verdana and Calibri or an Eco variant of your own house-style font (Enterprise Edition).


 4. Draft Setting

Choose the "draft" or "econo" print setting in the "Advanced" settings of your print screen pop-up. The overall print will be lighter, so you might want to use the standard setting for important documents.


 5. Print At The Copy Shop

Take a break from your desk and use an in-house or nearby print shop or copy center for major print jobs. The price per page is substantially less than printing on most standard printers.


 6. Don't Print

Use the "Document Image Writer" or similar device to create electronic files, rather than printing out a hard copy. Alternately, you can scan documents or use a program like CutePDF (http://www.cutepdf.com/) to create PDF files.


 7. Print Only What You Need

Print only the information you need by using PrintWhatYouLike (http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/) or software programs like GreenPrint or EcoPrint2.


 8. Upgrade Your Printer

Before you buy, research the cost of replacement cartridges and whether the printer offers economical print settings. You'll often find replacing ink is cheaper on more expensive models. If you calculate the cost savings over a printers projected lifespan you'll likely find the original cash outlay is worth it.