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Simple Ways to Save Money on Print Cartridges

Draft Mode

Draft Mode is an ink-saving printer setting that is offered by most inkjet printers and some laser printers. Draft Mode will conserve your ink supply by reducing the amount of ink or toner that is printed on the page. This will result in a lighter print, but if your printed page isn’t one that you’re looking to turn in to your teacher or boss, you can save quite a bit of money by utilizing this money-saving setting. Below are the basic steps for printing in draft mode for Windows 7.

1. Click on the “Start” button and select “Devices and Printers”

2. From the menu that opens up, go under “Printers and Faxes” and right click on your printer’s icon

3. Click on “Printing Preferences” from the list that appears

4. Once in “Printing Preferences,” choose the “Paper/Quality” tab

5. In the same tab, select the tab entitled “Paper/Quality”

6. Under quality settings, select “Draft” and press “OK.” Draft Mode is also sometimes referred to as “Fast” or “Economical.”

7. If you’d rather print in black only to save money on costly color cartridges, you can do this by clicking on “Advanced,” located at the bottom of the “Paper/Quality” tab

8. Under “Printer Features” you should see “Print in Gray Scale: Off.” Click on “Off” to bring up a drop down menu. From the menu that appears choose “Black Ink Only” and press “OK.”

Toner Saving Options for Laser Printers

As mentioned above, not all laser printers offer draft mode. If this is true for your particular laser printer, don’t fret – there are two simple steps for preserving your toner supply. First, check to see if you have a Toner Saver feature. Most laser printers will offer this or something by a similar name that will reduce the amount of toner that is put down on the page while maintaining a reasonable quality. Generally, this option can be accessed by selecting “Properties” in the print window that appears when you’re about to print your document. From there, click on “Advanced,” which will bring up the option to enable the Toner Save feature. For specific instructions on how to access this option for your particular device, refer to your printer’s manual.

If your printer doesn’t have a Toner Save feature you can still preserve your toner by lowering the output resolution on your printer. A lower resolution will use less toner particles to print your text or image. If your printer is currently set at 600 or 1200 DPI, try changing it to 300 DPI and see if the output quality is to your satisfaction.

Ink and Toner Saving Fonts

Some fonts use more ink or toner to print than others. Knowing which fonts utilize less ink than others can save you money over time. The top three ink and toner-saving fonts are as follows:

• Ecofont – Size 10

• Century Gothic - Size 10

• Times New Roman - Size 10

You’re most likely familiar with the last two fonts on this short list, but the first one may be foreign to you. Ecofont is a font that was specifically designed for individuals who prefer to spend less on printer consumables. Developed by SPRANQ, Ecofont can help you save up to 50% on ink and toner costs (if you pay for the extra options). After you download, the font setting is yours for lifetime use.

If you’re looking for substantial savings on print cartridges, remanufactured and compatible ink and toner offer the best avenue for savings. Allowing for savings of as much as 75% compared to the original, remanufactured and compatible ink or toner, when purchased through a reputable business, will provide printer brand performance and a full page yield. If you’d like to try compatible and remanufactured cartridges that will offer professional prints at a fraction of the price as original supplies, check out 123inkjets.