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3 Ways Economic Print Settings Can Salvage Your Printer Ink


Printer ink is expensive. As such, anything that can be done in an effort to reduce the frequency of changing cartridges will help to decrease this expense in the long run. Using economic printing settings not only saves money but also saves ink. There are two different kinds of printer settings, those that are modified by users via a document editing or printer driver program and those that are manufacturer's settings that cannot be altered after purchase.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to modify printer settings is through a program that allows for this modification. Such programs, like MS Word and other document programs, allow the user to manipulate the print properties tab and change the print output to a lower quality and thereby more economical setting. In such cases, the economical setting options include "draft" or "econo" which is the lowest possible option in most cases. Another setting "fast normal", is higher than "draft" in output quality but lower than "normal" and is another economical option. Although "draft" is the lowest quality available, the quality on paper is often quite good and sufficient even for official documents like business letters. If you still require slightly better quality however, "fast normal" may be a slightly better yet economical option.

There are other print settings that may be adjusted using the document program itself. For example, if a text document is being printed from MS Word, changing the font face or style will reduce the amount of ink that is used. Some font faces require more ink for printing than others because of the density with which the characters are formed. Other document settings such as bold and underline will also require more ink to produce the desired effect on paper. The Italics text feature however, is one that uses less ink in the output than even normal text.

Often times, the default settings on printers are set to color even if the document being printed is a black and white one. In this instance, color ink (which is more expensive than black ink) is used to produce the output. Printers set by default to color settings will result in ink cartridges that are changed at a rapid rate. To conserve on ink therefore, ensure that your printer's default setting is set to black and white. Black and white is among the various economic print settings available that will help your ink to last longer. Economical manufacturer's printer settings to consider include printers that do not use all-in-one printer ink cartridges.

Practicing these printer ink saving tips will not only cut expenditure but result in more economic printing settings on your part.

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