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How to set up your printer to save ink and paper

Plus: print to PDF rather than paper

The paperless office is yet to become a reality, which means print costs are a continuing issue. We look at how to be print-savvy to save paper and ink, plus when to PDF your documents instead

Step 3. One way to save paper is to print more than one page of your document on each side of paper. Your printer will almost certainly have settings for this, and you may also find them within the software you’re using. Be sure to check that the resulting text isn’t too small to read, however.

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Step 4. Duplex printing is the term used for printing on both sides of a sheet of paper. Not all printers are equipped with this feature, but it’s a useful way to conserve paper and produce professional-looking documents. Carefully consider whether you want to flip the page on the long or short edge.

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Step 5. Most programs have a print preview feature; use this to see how your document will look on the page before printing it out. You can tweak your page as much as you like, only making a final printout once you’re happy with the result. This can save money on paper and ink usage, as well as reducing the wear and tear on your printer.

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Step 6. Third-party software can help you reduce the amount of ink you use. InkSaver costs £20 or you can try it free for 15 days. We also like the look of the soon-to-launch Ecofont, which perforates text with holes that are invisible to the naked eye in order to use less ink.

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