How can I conserve paper when printing?
Reducing the amount of paper you use is beneficial in a number of ways:
- Printing less conserves natural resources. Each year, nearly 15% of the paper used in STC printers ends up left behind as unwanted pages.
- Using fewer sheets of paper helps you conserve your printing allotment.
- Printing fewer pages helps lower university operating costs.
Try the following:
Read electronic materials online: When your
instructor makes course materials available electronically, read them
online. Sometimes instructors prefer that you bring printed copies of
materials to class for collaborative study; if you're not sure, ask
Use electronic storage: Store files in cloud storage (using Box, for example) or central systems (such as My
Workspace in Oncourse). You can also email documents
to yourself as attachments and save them to your personal
device. For more, see At IU, what options do I have for storing files?
Copy documents to your handheld device: If you
need documents available when you can't access the Internet, copy them
to your tablet, e-reader, or smartphone for easy access.
Submit assignments electronically: Ask
instructors to accept assignments electronically (e.g., via
Oncourse, Box, or email).
View document properties: Before printing a
document, be sure to preview it, and verify that the page count is
correct. This prevents printing unwanted blank pages, which can result
from inserted page breaks or from directly printing web pages.
Avoid printing email and web pages: If you must
print documents stored on the web, download them to your device before
printing. This will reduce printing bottlenecks and errors caused by
Use an E-Notebook: Services like Evernote.com and
applications like Microsoft OneNote allow you to mark up documents,
make notes, clip and store content from the web, perform keyword
searches through an entire notebook, and access your work from
Decrease font size: If you keep a printout for
your own use, decreasing the font to the smallest legible size may
reduce the number of pages printed.
Use smaller margins: Microsoft Word sets side
margins at 1.25" by default. By changing them to 1" (or smaller if
acceptable to the intended user), you may be able to reduce the number
of pages you print.
Use duplex printing: Duplex printing (two-sided output) is effective for lengthy
material, and it may save on your printing allotment. If you need to
print PowerPoint presentations, print four or six slides per page; see
Microsoft's help document Print
multiple slides on one handout page.
Run spell check: Use your application's spell
checker to reduce mistakes and avoid reprints.
Print only final copies: Instead of printing
draft copies of your work, edit your work online and print only the
- Print just once: Be patient when sending print jobs; don't resend the same job multiple times if your output is delayed. Report problems to the consultant.
Important: Do not reuse paper in any STC printer. Reusing paper that has previously been heated in a laser printer can cause jamming or irreparable harm to printers, even those designed for two-sided (duplex) printing. Use the recycle bins in the centers to dispose of any unwanted output.