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Ways To Maximize The Life Of Your Printer Ink Cartridge

2010-07-17

Maximizing the life of your printer ink cartridges is good for the environment as well as good for your pocketbook. Buying printer ink can be almost as expensive as buying a new printer in some cases. You can save money if you purchase a printer ink refill cartridge. There are also some things that you can do to make sure that the printer ink cartridge you are using lasts as long as possible before it needs to be replaced.

Don't Print Until You are Ready

It is easy to hit the print button as soon as you finish a document or graphic project. You will save quite a lot of ink if you take a few minutes to look over your digital file before you start to print. If possible, ask a colleague to check the document for mistakes before you print. The biggest waste of printer ink is when documents are printed with mistakes and have to be reprinted more than once. Buying printer ink again and again because you created several useless documents can be frustrating as well as expensive.

Use the Right Paper for Your Project

Each kind of printer paper absorbs the ink differently. In general, the less expensive the paper the more ink it will absorb. If you print several documents that include large pictures, you should use a higher quality paper so that you don't have to use as much ink for each document. Even if you use a printer ink refill cartridge to reduce costs, using the wrong paper for your print job will go through ink much faster than necessary. Your images will also look better on higher quality paper, even though they required less ink. Be sure you use the right kind of paper for each type of printing job for the best results.

Set Printer Options Properly

All ink jet printers are equipped with different printer settings for different kinds of paper. Before you print, make sure that the settings are accurate. Check the paper orientation, paper type, and color settings. Whenever possible, print your documents in black and white so that you can reserve the color ink for projects that need it. Printer settings usually stay the same from job to job, so it is important that you open the printer settings dialogue and make sure that they are correct for the type of job you are printing at the moment. It can be frustrating and expensive to discover that the printer settings were incorrect after you print a few pages, especially if you are creating color documents on expensive paper. Preparation and patience can help you get the most out of every ink cartridge you use.

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