Learn 4 quick paper-saving tips
Discover easy ways to save paper when printing and still get excellent results
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Learn practical tips for printing the same documents using less paper, and find printers with paper-saving features built-in.
Tip #1: Print double-sided
The HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One offers automatic two-sided printing plus HP ePrint, which allows you to print to an HP ePrint-enabled printer using any mobile device with e-mail capabilities.1
Cut your paper use in half by printing on both sides of the page. There are two ways to print double-sided:
- Learn about automatic two-sided printing, offered by many newer HP printers and All-in-Ones.
- To find an HP printer featuring automatic duplexing, visit the HP Printer buying guides, check out the comparison charts, and look for the row labeled “Two-sided printing.”
- Find out how and when to take advantage of manual two-sided printing.
- Add automatic duplexing capabilities with an HP Automatic two-sided printing accessory, available for select HP inkjet printers.
You can print and enjoy it, or download a copy to your desktop for reference and inspiration.
Tip #2: Use free HP software
HP Smart Web Printing software allows you to select specific portions of webpages, so you only print the information you need.
Sometimes printing from the Internet can give you pages of awkwardly formatted text full of unwanted extras like ads, headers, and navigation menus. End that paper waste with HP Smart Web Printing.
This free, downloadable application lets you select, store, combine and print exactly the content you want, exactly how you want it.
While HP Smart Web Printing is great for compiling gift lists, travel plans, product comparisons, and other home uses, it also can help businesses operate more efficiently. In fact, you can reduce paper use by up to 45% when employees print from the Web using HP Smart Web Printing.2
Tip #3: Change page layouts
Step 3: Use the drop-down menu to select the number of pages per sheet of paper.
When you don’t need to see your print full-sized (for example, when you’re previewing several photo prints at once) consider printing more than one page per sheet of paper. It’s easy and can save loads of paper and ink.
- Select File, then Print.
- Choose Properties (or Preferences) from the dialogue box and click on the Features tab.
- Click the drop-down menu, located under the Pages per sheet option, and select the number of pages you would like printed per sheet of paper.
Tip #4: Scale your prints to fit the page
Scaling your print to fit the page will help prevent oversized prints from taking up several pages.
Not everything fits perfectly inside a standard page size, but some printers can automatically scale (resize) your documents up or down in size so they’re just right.
- Select File, then Print.
- Choose Properties (or Preferences) from the dialogue box.
- Look for a check box labeled Scale to fit page or Fit to page (for some, this option may be under the Effects tab).
- Click OK (or Print), and you’re set.
NOTE: If the content that you’re printing is significantly smaller than the paper size, you may see some distortion or reduction in resolution when it’s enlarged to fit the page.
Get a printer to help with your efforts
Use the duplexing capabilities of the HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One to help you save paper and print more efficiently.
Use the automatic double-sided printing capabilities offered on many HP All-in-Ones, along with the other paper-saving tips listed above, for a more efficient printing experience. To find HP printers and All-in-Ones with automatic two-sided printing, visit the HP Printer buying guide.
- 1 Requires an Internet connection to the printer. Feature works with any connected Internet- and email-capable device. Print times may vary. For a list of supported documents and image types, see www.hp.com/go/eprintcenter. And for additional solutions, see www.hp.com/go/mobile-printing-solutions.
- 2 In HP-commissioned independent testing, HP Smart Web Printing used an average of 45% fewer pages than the Web browser’s print command alone. Requires Internet Explorer 6.0-8.0.