How to Use Less Ink in Printing Without Changing Fonts Into Century Gothic

How to use less ink on printing without changing fonts into Century Gothic.

This author came across the front page article in Yahoo News a few weeks back relating about how schools and businesses could save a lot less ink just by changing fonts in their printed documents. Instead of using ink-hungry fonts like Arial or Helvetica, Century Gothic was recommended. Century Gothic uses about 30% less ink than Arial.

Before this author read this tip, he has undertaken a different approach to save on ink and has been advocating it to anyone who happens to have such concern. This is just a simple idea that could literally save offices and homes hundreds of dollars without sacrificing aesthetics or their desired fonts. It is based on just plain common sense. 

The idea is to simply change the percentage of darkness or tone of the font. Instead of having it all black, change the font into shades of black or gray (but not too much as to prevent you to read it). The draft mode of any printer can still be too black and this approach could further lighten the font.

How To Do It

The instructions on how to do it may not apply to all printers but there should be choices on font color. It applies to both laser and inkjet printers. The instruction below describes the menu of Microsoft Word 2007 with HP 900 (in itself a cost-saving printer) operating under the Windows XP environment.

Open your document, highlight all the fonts, right click Fonts, then choose Font color. Instead of Automatic, choose the different gradations of the black text (see figure below). Choices range from 5% black, 15%, 25%, 35%, and 50%. The author tested 50% and it's still readable. The print is similar to that of a pencil when the draft mode was chosen in printing the document.

Usually, printing at 25% or 35% will be fine for office memos. For more important documents, 5% or 25% will be desirable. This means that if you print at 5%, you use 5% less ink; 15%, you use 15% less ink, at 25% you use 25% less ink, and so on. This is without changing the fonts that you want displayed.

If you are really that frugal and would like to save ink as much as possible, you can combine this idea with font change. Choose Century Gothic and find your desired percentage of font darkness. Century Gothic has fine lines so just be sure you can read it.

For sure, schools and businesses will save thousands of dollars in ink costs and dispose a lot less spent cartridges. By the way, spent cartridges can still be recycled.

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Johnny Dod
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Posted on Apr 20, 2010