How to Get the Most from Your Ink Cartridge
The ongoing need to print out documents, forms and general paperwork all the time can definitely tax the life of your ink cartridges. Despite storing much of your information digitally, there is something different about holding the information in your hands and that is why being able to easily print out the paperwork you need is important.
Of course, the more you print, the faster your ink cartridges will run dry, which can become rather expensive over time. There are ways to conserve the ink in your cartridge and most of them are included in your printer’s settings. You may just not know what to look for or what settings to change.
The Document Itself
Sometimes less is more, so try to be as concise as possible in the documents you create and only print out what you need at the time. Printing out extra copies may seem to be time saving, but, if you never use them, it’s just wasted ink on the paper. Also, try using a font that is a bit thinner. For example Century Gothic uses 30% less ink than Arial font does. There are other ‘eco-friendly’ fonts available for free download that can save you up to 20% of the ink needed to print on the page.
Print Final Copies Only
If you are writing a document and need to proofread it, do it on the screen and don’t print the document out until it is finalized. This is an obvious way to extend the life of your ink cartridges. The lure of holding the paper in your hands is powerful, but with a little practice you can learn to proofread on-screen and save a fortune in ink costs.
All printer properties screen have ink levels or printing preferences. If you are working on solely internal documents, you can run the printing at the lowest ink usage levels. The printout will be grayer that black and white but it will almost double the amount of documents you get from a single ink cartridge.
If you only need to print out a single paragraph from a paper, don’t print the whole paper and throw away what you don’t need. Simply select the text you need, or the pages you need, and only print those.
Quality and DPS
It’s rare you need to print paperwork at the highest or even default settings. Drop your quality settings down a notch or two to save on the details for images you may be printing. Don’t use the highest dpi (dots per square inch) settings on images; drop them down to the lowest level for the most savings.