Save Your Color Ink


Color printer ink can cost nearly a thousand bucks per gallon, Yikes!


This question was answered on October 14, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Let’s face it, the cost of printer ink makes the price of gas seem like a real bargain What’s even worse, printer manufacturers would have you using the more expensive color cartridges for everything you print – even to produce completely non-color documents This is not efficient use of your ink Here’s how to change it:

1. Go to the Start menu and click Printers and Faxes.

2. Right-click on your printer in the window that appears and click Properties.

3. Click the General tab in the dialog box that appears and click the Printing Preferences button.

4. From here look for a setting that allows you to change your printer’s default from ‘color’ to ‘black and white’ only It’s different for each printer, but there should be a color setting somewhere nearby.

5. To even further conserve ink, your printer might allow you to change the level of saturation Lightening the saturation will result in the printer requiring less ink to print a document, while having the side-effect of the text and images being less bold.

6. When you’ve made the necessary changes, click OK to save and exit.

From now on, everything will be printed only in black, unless you specify otherwise If you’re printing something that requires color, just remember to click the Properties button in the <i>Print</i> dialog box and make the necessary changes The settings you set above will still be maintained for future print jobs Cheers!

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on October 14, 2005