Use paper more efficiently
Set defaults on computers
- Set defaults to double sided. Select one-sided printing only when really needed.
- Print double-sided for bills, applications, licenses and other paper-intensive activities.
- For help how to set default settings click here
- If your printer cannot double-side then find out whether your printer can be fitted with a duplexing unit to enable it to print double-sided.
- Make “rethink” messages appear on screen when a print command is given
- In MS Word, go to "File", then to "Page Setup". Then choose "Reduce the Margins" and set your margins to smaller numbers. Compared to the normal settings, you could use up to 14% less paper!
- When you are printing, reduce font size to 10 point to decrease the amount of paper required.
- Use both sides of the sheet of paper, whether for copying or printing.
- Print only the pages you need by using the "Print Selection" function.
- Print documents 2-UP or 4-UP per page for archival purposes and where possible. Customized software can increase the document-per-page capabilities of your printer.
- Reduce margins.
- Use the print preview function before printing any word or excel document to avoid copy-mistakes.
- Use a small font size to reduce the number of pages printed
- Use efficient fonts like Times New Roman or Arial. These fonts use significantly less space. Find out more
- Send a fax or Word document without printing first! Simply use the menus in Word: choose "File", then "Send to", then "Fax Recipient", and then follow the instructions. This allows faxes to be sent from computers without the need to print first. It also allows faxes to be received in an e-mail rather than printed copy format. Help on this should be available from your IT department or by clicking here
- When sending a paper fax, eliminate cover sheets and use fax stick-on labels instead.
- Program your fax to eliminate confirmation sheets
The ability to reduce or enlarge images is common on copiers. Image reduction is also possible with printing.
- For example, when copying a book, one can often get two original pages on to one side of the copied sheet. Because reduction works in two dimensions, you only need to reduce by 30% (to 70%) to cut in half the area of an image.
- While reproducing entire standard pages requires a 35% reduction (to 65%), books often have smaller than standard pages and most documents have larger than necessary margins, so the reduction can usually be less than this.
- Keep copiers and printers in good repair and make it your company’s policy to only buy copiers and printers that make reliable double-sided copies.
- Let your copier maintenance person know when a copier is performing poorly (toner is low, jams frequently, etc.). Regular copier maintenance is important, especially if the toner is low. Many times copiers are used until all the toner is gone and that wears down machines. A copier that works well is less likely to jam and this helps save paper!
Save paper and money
Citigroup, one of the world's large financial services company, determined that if each employee used double-sided copying to conserve just one sheet of paper each week, the firm would save US$700,000 each year.