The PrintLess Program
Save Paper: PrintLess
Reformat Your Documents to Save Paper
When you print a document—especially a web page—print it in an efficient manner. If you do not need the entire document, it is irresponsible to print unnecessary pages. Some suggestions for ways to print fewer pages from Adobe .pdf, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint files are explained below.
Printing charges for Adobe .pdf files will depend on how the file was created by its author. Basically, what you see (in the Preview pane) is what you get: If the file was saved with several pages on one page, the page will print that way. However, if only one page appears in the Preview pane, then only one page will be printed at a time. This situation will cause you to pay more for printing these files in a site.
Money- and Paper-Saving Tip: Print .pdf files on your printer in your dorm room.
For example, if a .pdf file was saved with only one page that appears in the Preview pane (as shown in graphic below), then you will be charged for one page of printing.
How about using the Fit to Page feature in Microsoft Excel? This feature automatically re-scales output to print evenly on one or several pages. If you have a spreadsheet that's 10 columns wide, but when you used Print Preview to view the page, you see that nine columns will be printed on one page and one column on the next page. Sounds like a reformatting nightmare, but there is a simple solution: Just use the Fit to Page feature.
In PowerPoint, print Handouts not Slides. Text in PowerPoint is generally large, so if you print using the Slides option, it will print one slide per page. If you need to make overheads, that is the way to go, but otherwise, the best way is to print Handouts.
If you need more detail for a given slide, such as an important graphic, you can print that particular page individually. If a lecture has 60 slides, printing in this manner will save 83% of the amount of paper to print it using Slides, and it will print 6 times faster!
Better yet, printing it in duplex would save 92% of the paper of used to print it.