01Ignore Out-of-Ink Warnings
Getting a warning that your printer is out of ink? Go ahead and ignore it. In a lab test, PC World found that ink cartridges still contained anywhere from 8 to 45 percent of their ink when this message started to pop up.
02Avoid Chunky Fonts and Bolds
03Use a Smaller Font Size
What's the difference between a 12-point font and a 14-point font? Size, certainly, but also the amount of ink used--so super-size only when you need to.
04Proof Before You Print
Give your documents an extra read through before you print them out, and you might save yourself a reprint.
05Tweak Your Printer Settings
Printers are factory set to be ink guzzlers, but that's easy enough to change. To update your printer's default settings on a Windows-based computer, click start > printers > right click on your printer and select printer preferences.
Some changes worth considering:
- Set the print quality to "draft"
- Set the color to "print in grayscale"
- Set the "document options" to print multiple pages per sheet
06Print Just What You Need
07Use Print Preview
Have you ever printed something from the web only to find that it didn't fit the page? What a waste of ink, paper, and time. Fortunately, this is one problem that can be avoided: Just hit "print preview" before you send anything to print, and you'll be able to catch and correct any issues before they make it onto paper.
08Check for Clogs
Has your cartridge stopped printing properly? Before you toss it, make sure a clogged nozzle isn't the culprit. To do so, simply remove the cartridge from the printer and wipe the bottom with a damp paper towel. Then reinstall it and try printing again.
09Hit Save Instead of Print
Would a digital record work just as well as a printed one? If so, save the file to your hard drive or flash drive and forgo the printing process entirely.
Extend the Life of Your Printer Ink Cartridge With These Easy Tips
9 tricks to save ink and help your wallet
Home printers are an absolute necessity to print documents and photos. You just can't survive in the 21st century without one. But the bane of every owner is printer ink cartridges, which always seem to run out of ink or dry up at the most inopportune time. Plus ink cartridges are expensive. If you're tired of shelling out for printer cartridges, get acquainted with these simple tricks, and your ink cartridge will last longer. That means less hassle and less expense for you.