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  • #9796
    Take control over precious ink

    Irate over ink?With good

    The cost of “consumables”–replacement ink cartridges and paper—for an
    inkjet printer usually exceeds the printer’s price within the first
    year of ownership. Every year or so thereafter,you’ll probably shell
    out more than enough to buy a brand new printer.

    That’s why these great inkjets
    cost so little. Manufacturers can almost give the printer away, knowing profits
    will come later from sales of replacement ink cartridges.

    The best
    solution starts before you buy. Research how many pages one ink cartridge will
    print. Do it online. Search for phrases like “ink jet reviews,” or check product
    reviews at PC Magazine (www.pcmagazine.com) or PC World (www.pcworld.com). By
    paying more for a printer that uses less ink, you may save money in the long

    Avoid buying a printer with a single cartridge for black and color
    ink. When the black runs out, you’ll have to replace the whole cartridge, even
    if there is plenty of color ink left.

    Ask if you really need a color
    printer, and consider buying a laser printer. The per-copy cost of printing is a
    fraction of the inkjet cost and the quality – for text and graphics – is

    If you already have an inkjet, take steps to reduce the cost of

    Consider buying a program that gives you control over ink
    consumption, and makes cartridges last longer. One of the best, InkSaver 2.0,
    shows how much cash you save. A free trial version is available at

    A cost-nothing alternative involves configuring your
    printer for the “draft” mode. Draft prints with less ink and the copies are
    lower quality. But they still are readable and fine for routine printing. Switch
    back to “normal” or “best” for letters, reports, and other material where
    appearance counts.

    Use your printer’s software to switch. A printer icon
    may be on your desktop, or in the list of programs that appears when you click
    the Windows Start Button and select Programs.

    Another way of doing it
    (details may vary with the printer): Click on Start Button, Control Panel, and
    Printers. Right click on the printer’s name, select “Printing Preferences.”
    Click on tabs like “setup” and “Advanced” for adjusting print quality and ink
    usage. When done, click Apply and OK.

    And another, when you’re printing
    from a program like Internet Explorer or Word: Click on File in the toolbar and
    print. When the print box appears, click on Properties.

    Don’t waste ink
    and paper by printing Internet pages that run off the right-hand margin. Use the
    “Print Preview” feature (click File on the toolbar and select preview) to see
    how a page will print.

    Options: Check the page for a link to a
    print-friendly version, or copy the page into your word processing program and
    print that. Right click on the page, pick “Select All,” right click in the
    selected area, pick “Copy” and paste it into a word processing