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Tricks & Tips

  1. Don’t print in color. When printing, choose File -> Print.  Click Properties button beside your printer.  This page, or the Paper/Quality tab, will have an option to print in color or black & white.  (You can actually make this the DEFAULT method by going to Control Panel, Printers, right click your printer, and choose properties.  Set these the way you want it and each time it will print default that way.)
  2. Only print what you want. Why print the WHOLE page when you just want that text, for example, a recipe.  Highlight just the text you want with your mouse, then go to File -> Print.  In the Print range box choose Selection, and OK.  This will ONLY print what you have selected, instead of all those ink hungry images.
  3. Get a laser printer. Most of us use ink jet printers.  Why?  We bought them because they’re supposed to print great photos, AND print our documents.  However, you can get a basic laser printer for less than $100 (http://www.google.com/products?q=laser+printer&btnG=Search+Products&hl=en), replacement toner less than $50, and they yield a lot more pages (and faster too!).
  4. Use a professional printer. After buying a photo printer, ink, and photo paper, a 4×6 can cost around $.25 to print.  Snapfish, Shutterfly (online printing), or your local pharmacies make higher quality prints for far less! $.09 from Snapfish and mailed to you, or upload to Walgreens.com and pickup an hour later for $.19 a piece.
  5. Don’t print – simple as that. Just save it to PDF, or electronic format.  Install CutePDF to print directly to a PDF, just like a real printer. See more details here. I print to PDF 90% of the time.