Avoid Large Fonts and Bolds: Large fonts and bold text require more ink, so save by slimming down the size of your text. Some ink saving fonts to try are Arial and new courier. To save even more, download Ecofont, a font style that uses 20% less ink by including small white circles within each character.

Proofread Before Your Print: Examine your documents carefully before printing them out – you just might save yourself a reprint.

Play With Your Printer Settings: Printers have been purposely set to guzzle ink before leaving the factory. Luckily for us, it’s an easy enough change. Simply update your printer’s default settings. To do this on a Windows-based computer, click start > printers > right click on your printer and choose “preferences”. Changes worth considering include:

  • Setting the print quality to “draft”
  • Choosing “print in grayscale” to prevent color printing
  • Choose “document options” to print multiple pages per sheet

Only Print What You Need: Do you want to print an article or recipe off a website, but can do without all of the ads and photos that appear on the page? Go to printwhatyoulike.com, enter the URL for the page, and you’ll be able to delete those ink-guzzling extras with just a few simple clicks.

Use Print Preview: Have you ever printed something from the internet just to find that it didn’t fit the page? To avoid such a big ink waster you can hit “print preview” before sending anything to be printed, and you’ll be able to catch and correct any issues before the ink makes it to the paper.

Check for Clogs: Has your cartridge stopped printing properly as it should? Are there any stains or streaks on your page? Check to see if a blocked nozzle isn’t the issue before throwing it away. Try using your printer’s print head cleaning function to verify this. This will remove any ink that may have built up and dried over the print head nozzles when there was a long pause between prints.

Saving Work Instead of Printing It: Is a digital record that has been stored equivalent to a printed copy? If so, avoid printing by saving the file to your hard drive or flash drive instead.

Third-Party Print Cartridges: Reputable aftermarket suppliers of printer ink not only offer a cost-effective alternative to big name brands, they can also provide you with cartridges that deliver a higher yield. According to a study by PC World, “Our tests show that all of the third-party ink in our test group yielded more prints per cartridge on top of costing less…”

It’s important to note, however, that not all aftermarket ink is created equal. Make sure you choose a reputable company with a strong warranty and flexible return policy. this will serve as an indicator of that company’s adherence to high standards of quality and customer service. LD Products stands by all of its re-manufactured and compatible ink cartridges with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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